Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary In Rebecca Brown s mother Barbara Wildman Brown became ill with cancer In Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary the author traces in sparse prose the slow gradual erosion of her mother s

  • Title: Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary
  • Author: Rebecca Brown
  • ISBN: 9781862077386
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1997 Rebecca Brown s mother, Barbara Wildman Brown, became ill with cancer In Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary the author traces, in sparse prose, the slow, gradual erosion of her mother s health, her dignity and her life In seventeen short chapters, from anaemia , twilight sleep and metastasis , to unction , cremation and remains , the author describIn 1997 Rebecca Brown s mother, Barbara Wildman Brown, became ill with cancer In Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary the author traces, in sparse prose, the slow, gradual erosion of her mother s health, her dignity and her life In seventeen short chapters, from anaemia , twilight sleep and metastasis , to unction , cremation and remains , the author describes the family s journey through her mother s illness and death Written unsentimentally, and with sometimes painful honesty, Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary is an extraordinarily moving commemoration of a life and death.

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    1. Brown is a novelist from Seattle. This is an account of her mother’s death from what sounds like stomach cancer. The disease progressed quickly and her mother died at home, under hospice care, in New Mexico in 1997. As the title suggests, the brief thematic chapters are arranged around vocabulary words like “anemia” and “metastasis.” My favorite chapters were about washing: her mother’s habit of reading while taking long baths, and the ways Brown and her sister tried to care for thei [...]

    2. This brief, exquisite memoir is a clear-eyed, intimate, and gorgeously conceived and written account of the author's experiences helping to care for her dying mother. Told in a series of brief chapters, each opening with a definition of a medical term, readers get precise descriptive observations of how cancer slowly changes the mother as well as her adult children who care for her.It's an emotional page-turner. I read it in one sitting, rushing toward the conclusion that is both heartbreaking a [...]

    3. The entire essay moves toward the mother's death which occurs at the very end, rendered beautifully, with a sense of hope (quite unlike Rieff's memoir of Sontag's death) but without religiosity. Yet for me the essence of the book is stated early, on page 28, where Brown writes: "I don't remember when I stopped hoping my mother would remain alive. I go over and over this time in my head. I go over and over as if by thinking differently, as if by my remembering what was not I can remake or change [...]

    4. 4.5. Even though I still cried through large portions of this book, it was an eye-opening read for me and more than just an emotional release. I've never read anything before that made me feel like that when it is time to say goodbye to my parents.at I can and will get through it. Brown's story made me feel that caring and burying one's parent(s) is doable. Horrifically sad and heart-breaking yes. But a real event that happens and can be done. So in a way it was very uplifting for me.

    5. During and after my reading of this book, my mind was completely blown. You might expect a book of this nature--Rebecca Brown recounting the story of her own mother's battle with cancer--to be thoroughly depressing or self-indulgent, but it is neither. EXCERPTS FROM A FAMILY MEDICAL DICTIONARY is a perfect example of sentiment over sentimentality. As Brown takes us through the various stages of her mother's illness, each section preceded by a medical term and its definition, the story that unfol [...]

    6. got this book last year or so and browsed through it but was never hooked. picked it off the shelf though to read in the icu while sitting with my father who is in dire straights with a stroke at the moment, and found great comfort and solace with this book. really honest and straightforward without being too sentimental, it touched me in a brand new way after my former browsing. perfect time for me to read it. loved it.

    7. A beautifully measured account of the death of the author's mother from cancer, this book tells its painful story in a no-nonsense straight-ahead fashion that makes the sadness feel more present. It's a book that makes you want to be a better person to your loved ones. Or at least a person who lives life and faces death with beauty and empathy and grace.

    8. I had Rebecca as guest writing professor during my undergrad. It wasn't until after I graduated that I finally picked up this book. I read it in one sitting and cried my eyes out. Immediately after, I called my mom to tell her I loved her. This is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. Her writing is simple, relatable, and honest.

    9. a sad lovely happy book about a daughter (her siblings) and a journey with a mother dying from/living with cancer.

    10. If you love your mother and haven't seen her for awhile, this book might make you cry openly in public.

    11. An unusual and intriguing structure - arranged by topic rather than chronology but still having a narrative arc. Compelling and vividly honest.

    12. this book is so beautiful and stark. her writing is heartbreaking and perfect for the barren lands of grief and loss. it is a detailed portrait of accompanying a loved one through hospice care.

    13. This looks fab by such an amazingly talented writer, I can't wait to read it.wish list, wish list, wish list.

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