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Terminal Illnesses, Death and Mourning

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A Song I Knew by Heart
by Bret Lott Details
Lott brings gravitas and a biblical cadence to his story of seventysomething Naomi, a widow forced to confront death once again when her son, Mahlon, is killed in a car accident. Lott's rhythmic and repetitive phrasing, revealing the source of his inspiration -- the Book of Ruth -- is both artful and soothing. This is a radiant, achingly tender portrait of the grieving process.
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A Walk to Remember
by Nicholas Sparks Details
It's 1958, and high school senior Landon Carter is falling in love with the last girl he expected to: Jamie, the shy daughter of the Baptist minister. Little does Landon know that being with Jamie will change his life forever...
Mourning Ruby
by Helen Dunmore Details
When Rebecca's and Adam's daughter, Ruby, dies in a playground accident, their lives are forever changed. In Dunmore's elegant hands, such a simple and sorrowful synopsis is transformed into an elegiac tale of unbearable suffering and unexpected redemption as lyrical and lush as life itself.
State of Happiness
by Stella Duffy Details
Jack and Cindy are immediately attracted to one another from the moment they meet at a friend's party, and in time this first infatuation develops into a passionate and enduring love affair. Five years later, Jack and Cindy believe that they have navigated every obstacle when a sudden crisis threatens their blissful state. Cindy falls dangerously ill, and as she battles her body's betrayal, the couple must also confront their diverging paths and uncharted future.
The Poet of Tolstoy Park
by Sonny Brewer Details
In 1925, when 67-year-old Henry Stuart is given a year to live, the path he must follow is immediately clear. Stuart leaves his Idaho home and moves to a ten-acre patch of isolated paradise in Fairhope, AL, which was founded by freethinker Henry George — who shared Stuart's love of Tolstoy. Stuart's decision shocks his sons and his lifelong friend, Preacher Will Webb, but his drive to live out the remainder of his life in simplicity and solitude is irresistible.
You're Not You
by Michelle Wildgen Details
College student Bec is dangerously adrift. Self-conscious and increasingly uncertain about her long-term plans, she's studying a major that no longer interests her and is caught up in a bewildering affair with a married professor. In an impulsive attempt to redeem herself, she answers a want ad seeking a caregiver. What she finds is a wealthy, cultivated woman in her midthirties. Once an advertising executive, accomplished chef, and skilled decorator, Kate is now in the advanced stages of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).
Updated 01/14/2016
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