Wednesday, April 7, 2010

What Are You Waiting For?

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

My WOW pick today is Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell.

Product Description

“It’s an old, old story: I had a friend and we shared everything, and then she died and so we shared that, too.”

So begins this gorgeous memoir by Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell, a testament to the power of friendship, a story of how an extraordinary bond between two women can illuminate the loneliest, funniest, hardest moments in life, including the final and ultimate challenge.

They met over their dogs. Both writers, Gail Caldwell and Caroline Knapp became best friends, talking about everything from their shared struggle with alcohol to their love of books. They walked the woods of New England and rowed on the Charles River, and the miles they logged on land and water became a measure of the interior ground they covered. From disparate backgrounds but with striking emotional similarities, these two private, fiercely self-reliant women created an attachment more profound than either of them could ever have foreseen.

Rich with the joys of raising dogs and the rivalries of competitive sports, their friendship helped them define the ordinary moments of life as the ones worth cherishing. Then, several years into this remarkable connection, Knapp was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

With her signature exquisite prose, Caldwell mines the deepest levels of devotion and grief in this moving memoir about treasuring and losing a best friend, and about coming of age in midlife. Let’s Take the Long Way Home is a celebration of life and of the transformation that comes from intimate connection—and it affirms, once again, why Gail Caldwell is recognized as one of our bravest and most honest literary voices.

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400067383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400067381
What are YOU waiting for today?


Tina's Blog said...

This one sounds great! I love memoirs.

Jan von Harz said...

What a beautiful and sad opening. Although I am not too fond of memoirs this sounds lovely.

Kaye said...

this sounds good. I love stories about women's friendships. Enjoy it when the book comes out.

Jill said...

I love the title...I love the quote...I'm SO in! Great pick...

Mary said...

I don't read many memoirs but I might change that with this book. Nice pick!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I so love friendship stories...and a memoir, wow! This one sounds so heart-wrenching and lovely.

August is such a long time to wait for this one, but it's going on my list.

Here's mine:

Alayne said...

That first sentance is amazing. Great pick. Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

Alayne said...

That first sentance is amazing. Great pick. My WOW is at The Crowded Leaf.

Darlene said...

This one sounds great Missy. I feel I could really relate to this one. I lost my best friend to cancer 3 yrs ago now and it's still so hard. I'll have to look into this book further. Thanks for featuring it.

Sherrie said...

This sounds of good. I'll have to put it on my TBR list. Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!

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Diane said...

This sounds very good Missy.

Here is my pick:

Tribute Books said...

Must add to my list,thanks!

lilly said...

OOOooohhh, it sounds fantastic.I love memoirs and this looks particularly good.

Jenners said...

I don't know why but books like this are catnip to me. I think I have a copy of Knapp's book "Drinking: A Love Story." I bet they would be good "companion" reads.


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