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The Baltimore Book of the Dead

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Coming from Counterpoint, 10/9/18

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Marion Winik, Glen Rock Book Of The Dead

"Empathy figures in Marion Winik's The Baltimore Book of the Dead, along with her sharp eye and wicked wit. This sequel to The Glen Rock Book of the Dead has more achingly beautiful and succinct obituaries of the people (and a few pets) from Winik's wide, idiosyncratic circle of family, friends, colleagues, lovers, and enemies. This superfast read will spur rereading and the terrible wish that more people in Winik's circle would expire just so she could memorialize them."
Library Journal, an Editors' Pick for Fall

"In writing about these dozens of deaths, the author is writing about life in general, how quickly it can change and how long a memory can persist, and her life in particular, "how big ideas about art and revolution were so easily infected with the stupid romance of self-destruction." ...  Insightful pieces with a cumulative impact."
Kirkus

"Captivating... Winik writes with a delightfully light and nuanced hand." 
Publishers Weekly, full review

"Marion Winik's writing is always a wild and true marvel and never more so than in her latest work, The Baltimore Book of the Dead. With riveting compassion, she looks at all the love and the pain and the detritus that accumulates in the corners of all of our lives and pieces together something sad and lovely and new out of it."
–Bill Clegg, author of Did You Ever Have a Family and Ninety Days

"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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