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The Baltimore Book of the Dead

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Coming from Counterpoint, 10/9/18


Marion Winik, Glen Rock Book Of The Dead

"You’ll want to read The Baltimore Book of the Dead as slowly as possible because every observation is a marvel, every sentence a heartbreak or a revelation of joy. This book is both brief and miraculous, and it will be finished before you’re ready to let it go. Like life."
–Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto and Commonwealth

"This slim, deeply moving book reminds us of the beauty and pain and complexity in every life, no matter how obscure. Marion Winik’s prose is deceptively rich, suffused with quiet emotion and tender humor. She teaches us how to remember."
–Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers and Mrs. Fletcher

"The Baltimore Book of the Dead is a book about the living, a generous, loving celebration of the sometimes complex, sometimes sticky ties that bind people together. In this series of funny, poignant, and beautifully written portraits, Winik’s voice is so warmly intimate and frank and badass, I felt, on finishing this memoir, that they were all as lucky to know her as she was to know them."
–Kate Christensen, author of Blue Plate Special and The Last Cruise

"Marion Winik is such an excellent writer that you will want to gobble up The Baltimore Book of the Dead, but you won’t. After each chapter you will pause, and take a  breath. You will have experienced the life and death of a stranger made friend, made familiar, through Winik’s compassionate genius. Savor every word."
–Abigail Thomas, author of Safekeeping and What Comes Next and How to Like It

 

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