The Bright Hour

The Bright Hour

A Memoir of Living and Dying

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Nina Riggs was just thirty-seven years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer--one small spot. Within a year, the mother of two sons, ages seven and nine, and married sixteen years to her best friend, received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal. How does one live each day, 'unattached to outcome'? How does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty? Exploring motherhood, marriage, friendship, and memory, even as she wrestles with the legacy of her great-great-great grandfather, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nina Riggs's breathtaking memoir continues the urgent conversation that Paul Kalanithi began in his gorgeous When Breath Becomes Air. She asks, what makes a meaningful life when one has limited time? Brilliantly written, disarmingly funny, and deeply moving, The Bright Hour is about how to love all the days, even the bad ones, and it's about the way literature, especially Emerson, and Nina's other muse, Montaigne, can be a balm and a form of prayer. It's a book about looking death squarely in the face and saying 'this is what will be.' Especially poignant in these uncertain times, The Bright Hour urges us to live well and not lose sight of what makes us human: love, art, music, words.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017
ISBN: 9781501169359
1501169351
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm

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FairhavenLibe
Aug 08, 2017

A joy to read, hard not to cry so I cried often. I've read other memoirs by women battling cancer, but this one will stay with me, it is funny, philosophical, truthful, and just so beautifully written.

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Jessi52
Jun 20, 2017

Funny, sweet and heartbreaking. Wonderfully written. Highly recommend.

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