What Comes Next and How to Like It

What Comes Next and How to Like It

A Memoir

Book - 2015
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Baker & Taylor
Presents an uplifting memoir about the author's life after the devastating loss of her husband, changes in a once-platonic friendship, her daughter's illness, and the death of a beloved dog.

Baker
& Taylor

The New York Times best-selling author of A Three Dog Life presents an uplifting memoir about her life after the devastating loss of her husband, changes in a once-platonic friendship, her daughter's illness and the death of a beloved dog.

Simon and Schuster
In her bestselling and beloved memoir A Three Dog Life, Abigail Thomas wrote about the tragic loss of her husband. In What Comes Next and How to Like It, she writes about aging, family, creativity, tragedy, friendship, and the richness of life. And it is exhilarating.

What comes next? What comes after the devastating loss of a spouse? What form does a lifelong friendship take after deepest betrayal? How does a mother cope with her child’s dire illness? Or the death of a cherished dog?

And how to like it? How to accept, appreciate, enjoy? How to find solace and pleasure? How to sustain and be sustained by our most trusted, valuable companions?

Exquisitely observed, lush with sentences you will underline and reread, What Comes Next and How to Like It is an extraordinarily moving memoir about many of life’s greatest challenges and inimitable rewards. It is also the story of the friendship between Abigail Thomas and a man she met thirty-five years ago. Through marriages, child raising, and the vicissitudes and tragedies that befall them both, this rich bond has helped her face whatever comes next with courage, exuberance, and grace.

Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2015
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476785059
1476785058
Characteristics: 224 pages ; 22 cm

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JCLHelenH Oct 07, 2016

Through a series of short essays, Thomas lovingly paints a picture of her best friend Chuck, a heartbreaking portrait of her daughter’s cancer, eloquently wrangles her addictions, and throws in all the other stuff that makes a life a life. Somehow she makes the whole mess look beautiful.

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bronteside
Aug 07, 2015

Love this work. Easy to read,profound thoughts of a 'young 'mind in an older body.
Making peace with everyone around you,while embracing the inevitable. Funny ,sad,and unforgettable. Getting copies for anyone over fifty.

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MPHPL_Karen
Apr 13, 2015

I am not a big non-fiction reader, but this memoir is written so much like a conversation, I found I really enjoyed it. Short chapters make the book an easy, enjoyable read.

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