Friday means it’s time for Connect Five Friday, hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.
This week I want to share books on grief, loss, starting over, coping.
I had borrowed a book from the library by Danny Gregory, an artist whose other books I have read. But this was so different – an illustrated memoir about the loss of his wife Patti. Very moving. It got me thinking of books on grief I have read, have on my shelves or want to read.
After my mother died in 2008, a teacher blogger suggested I read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. THis MG novel really was a balm for the soul. And I have since read it several times, including to different classes. It started me seeking books about loss, grief and grieving.
Here are some of those books:
Novels I have read:
The Dog Year by Ann Garvin -Losing her husband and then caught stealing, Lucy faces a new difficult future
The Birthday List by Devney Perry -Poppy is determined to complete her husband’s birthday list so that just maybe she can move forward.
The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros -A last letter from a friend forces Beckett to help the man’s grieving sister.
The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley -Eva is trying to face down ghosts after her sister dies. My favourite book, and favourite author!
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abi Waxman -Lilian finds it difficult to move on after her husband dies, but a job at a garden center offers hope
Books on My TBR Shelves – that I want/plan to Read
Mourning Has Broken by Erin Davis A memoir by radio host Erin Davis after their daughter died
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion – Memoir written after her husband died
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald -Memoir written after her father died
Wild by Cheryl Strayed – Memoir written after her mother died
The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg -Novel about loss and loneliness
Books I Want to Read and plan to order from my local Library
A Kiss Before You Go by Danny Gregory
The Lost Husband by Katherine Center – She has become a favourite author
Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis – A Memoir after the death of his wife
Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister
The Iceberg by Marion Coutts
The Long Goodbye by Meghan O’Rourke
One post I discovered today listed some of these books and others. Check it out here.