Dying: A Memoir (Hardcover)

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Facing certain death at 60 years old from brain cancer, within a few short weeks the author of this memoir experiences a surge of creativity. Remembering many experiences in her own life, she ultimately is looking for and documenting what dying teaches us. She offers a slight humor in this difficult subject with the hope it will open a dialog about the subject. Her last words are a tremendous gift and offer wondrous insight into living and dying.

— Krisy


At the age of sixty, Cory Taylor is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. Her illness is no longer treatable: she now weighs less than her neighbor's retriever. As her body weakens, she describes the experience--the vulnerability and strength, the courage and humility, the anger and acceptance--of knowing she will soon die.

Written in the space of a few weeks, in a tremendous creative surge, this powerful and beautiful memoir is a clear-eyed account of what dying teaches: Taylor describes the tangle of her feelings, remembers the lives and deaths of her parents, and examines why she would like to be able to choose the circumstances of her death.

Taylor's last words offer a vocabulary for readers to speak about the most difficult thing any of us will face. And while Dying: A Memoir is a deeply affecting meditation on death, it is also a funny and wise tribute to life.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781941040706
ISBN-10: 1941040705
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication Date: August 1st, 2017
Pages: 152
Language: English