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These Precious Days: Essays

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Following graduation, she attended Sarah Lawrence College and took fiction writing classes with Allan Gurganus, Russell Banks, and Grace Paley.

Some years all we’ve managed to do is exchange birthday cards, while other years we’ve talked on the phone every week. The months she’d lost not being in chemo while they struggled to locate the new tumor had put her perilously behind. Sometimes Sooki would leave money on the kitchen counter, “For groceries,” she would say, “for gas, for the books. I’ve read all of her fiction and even though I’m not a huge nonfiction fan, I devoured her memoir and her previous essay collection.

I knew that she worried about her ninety-four-year-old mother in Rye Brook, New York, and read to her grandchildren in San Diego over Zoom. I tried to find a place for this new fact in the equation but all I could come up with was the obvious—I didn’t know her. C., if we hadn’t stayed in just enough contact for her to tell me a year after the fact that she had cancer, and if I hadn’t mentioned it to Karl, she wouldn’t have found her way to the only clinical trial in the country that both matched her cancer and could take her immediately. It’s clear that friendship is so valuable to AP and once a friend it seems you are a friend for life.

It was so impressive that after I finished my library copy I bought a copy to be able to sample and reread. I would be in and out, other people would spend the night, which would be fine, plenty of room for everyone. Our hearts have been filled with the comfort his films have given us, and that, coupled with the fact that he’s a nice man, made it easy to line up a group of booksellers who were eager to pitch in. The stunning, heartfelt essay of the same title of the book is about the gift of true friendship, a wonderful woman named Sookie, and the generosity and love that Ann and her husband extended to her. It was a good yarn for the grieving because even on the days I did nothing, I could point to my knitting and say to myself, Look at all I’ve done.Delve deeper into the essays in These Precious Days and you will find that death is more than a pretence. She’d fallen down some stairs outside of church the night before and twisted her foot and now that foot was swollen and sore. The stories include a focus on her family and it’s dynamics and she is very frank about some life decisions she has made. I made it a point not to tell Karl sad medical stories at the end of his long days of sad medical stories. The caps had to be switched out every twenty-five minutes during treatment to ensure that her head stayed more or less frozen.

It’s why I don’t like to go to other people’s houses for dinner: I never want to tell people I’m a vegetarian.She had worked for Tom for almost twenty years, and part of her responsibility was to go out on location before he arrived, find a place to stay in Morocco, get a driver, figure out the food, figure out what there was to see if there was any time, which usually there wasn’t. There was no reason to offer unsolicited opinions on a subject I knew nothing about to a person who had just gotten into my car, but the thought of a frozen gel pack on my own head struck me as boundless misery.

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