Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Updating Reading List

I've had this Good (Grief) Reads tab up on the page for ages now, but I just went through and added my thoughts on each of the books I have listed and asked for additional suggestions if you have them. Let me know of there's anything you'd add to the list. You can click on the tab at the top of this page, or just click here.


  1. Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff is so hard and so good and so true.

  2. I have To Linger on Hot Coals and would recommend it. Kind of a Glow in the Woods feel. I have read almost all these books and plenty more (I put together a lending library for my support group and pretty much read all 35 books we donated!), but was disappointed in many of them. I might add You are the Mother of All Mothers by Angela Miller, which is essentially an essay turned into a book but has really helped me with the guilt. Essay is here: http://stillstandingmag.com/2013/06/why-you-didnt-fail-as-a-mother/ Also, Exact Replica is my very favorite. I read it twice in a row and need to read it again. And I also made others read it. And I quote it all the time on my blog. Because Elizabeth McCracken can often explain how I feel better than I can.

  3. Hmmm, I should do a similar page on my own blog. One that springs to mind that's not on this list is "Shadow Child" by Beth Powning. It came out shortly after I lost Katie. I picked it up, not knowing what it was about, & when I read the cover blurb, I froze -- and then practically ran with it to the cash register. It's an autographed copy too. :) It's slow moving but beautifully written. She lost her child in the 1970s, I think, but only had her loss acknowledged and spoke about it openly many years later.

    But yes, I would say Elizabeth McCracken's book is the gold standard when it comes to loss memoirs. :)