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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 413 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 27, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671243292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671243296
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“When it comes to medical memoir, Martha Weinman Lear literally wrote the book. . . . The story of her first husband’s slow death from intractable heart disease set a bar for the genre so high that few of the thousands of similar books published since have come close to duplicating its power. . . . Anyone at all interested in the problems of modern medicine should probably keep Heartsounds on an accessible shelf and reread it every decade or so. It is a book for the ages.” —The New York Times

“An absorbing, wild, funny, tender, enraging and absolutely remarkable account . . . This is an awesome and gripping book. It is about loving as much as about dying. . . . I came away from Heartsounds feeling sad and glad—and very, very shaken.” —Maggie Scarf, The New York Times Book Review

“A testament to the power of human love and the will to live!” —Publishers Weekly

Heartsounds is a book that reads like a fine novel. . . . A rare, beautifully written cry against the modern ways of death, against death itself: It is worth every degree of the pain it takes to read it.” —Joanne Greenberg, Chicago Sun-Times

Heartsounds, a deeply felt account of a brave doctor’s fight for a full life after a crippling heart attack, is both a celebration of an enviably good marriage and a cry of outrage—a book filled with love and honor and roaring against the night.” —Mordecai Richler, Book-of-the-Month Club News

“It hurts, illuminates, loads the circuits with rage, transmits the energy of a great love . . . Beautifully written!” —Gail Sheehy

“Exhilarating—thanks to Lear’s proud honesty!” —Gore Vidal

“It is Love Story made honest and life-size!” —Ira Levin

“The most moving love story I have ever read.” —Joanne Woodward

“Written from the heart . . . It has much to say about the human spirit. I can’t imagine anyone reading this book without feeling the better for it.” —Norman Cousins

“No praise is too high for Heartsounds. . . . An extraordinary book . . . Martha has done a remarkable job balancing her love story with Hal, her desperate, angry struggle to save him, along with tough, specific reportage on the medical profession. . . . What a sense Martha has for anecdote, for character, for time and place . . . for life.” —Patricia Bosworth

“The most courageous book I have ever read . . . A brilliant, powerful love story.” —Nancy Friday

“This is so lusty, so passionate and powerful a love story that it seems to stand up to death itself.” —Marlo Thomas

“A searing chronicle of grace under pressure . . . Readers may learn to make that ultimate toast with which Martha Lear concludes her book: L’chaim—to life.” —The San Francisco Examiner

“Engrossing, touching and very frightening . . . Martha Lear is an eloquent, powerful writer.” — Dr. William A. Nolen, The Washington Post

“Unsparing, proud . . . One weeps through the last chapter.” —Los Angeles Times

“A deeply stirring book . . . Though the story is a familiar one, I have never before read it set down with such power and emotion.” —John Barkham Reviews

“A riveting account of life and love and, yes, death.” —The Washington Star

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Martha Weinman Lear is the author of Where Did I Leave My Glasses? as well as the bestsellers The Child Worshipers and Heartsounds, which became a Peabody Award-winning film. She is a former articles editor and staff writer for the New York Times Magazine and has written extensively for that and many other national publications, including AARP The Magazine, the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, GQ, House Beautiful, Redbook, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, McCall's, Family Circle, and Reader's Digest, often on medical, cultural, and sociological subjects. She lives in New York City with her husband, screenwriter Albert Ruben. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This book was outstandingly well written.
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I bought this book because I'm experiencing a similar life situation and my hope is that reading her story will help me to process my experiences better.
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I love memoirs and this one tugs my strings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pattydiva on June 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was a young unit clerk in a cardiac care unit back in 1980 when this book came out. The physician who was the head of our department brought 20 copies into us and asked us all to read this wonderful book. It touched all of us and I know that it helped all of us improve the manner in which we cared for our patients and their families. As I grew older and began to loose loved ones the wisdom in this book has helped me ease my way through. I would recommend this book to anyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TheWriter on July 9, 2011
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This book is well written. The author writes about her own experience and includes moving details about events and her feelings and inner conflicts. I bought this book because I'm experiencing a similar life situation and my hope is that reading her story will help me to process my experiences better. I also wanted to read this book because I had read, "Where Did I Leave My Glasses?, another book by Martha Weinman Lear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Evans-campbell on September 17, 2014
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Fabulous. I love memoirs and this one tugs my strings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By acerbas on November 2, 2014
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Probably the most heart wrenching book I ever read. Beautifully written. It was made into a TV movie with James Garner and Mary Tyler Moore in the lead roles. Also a wonderfully done film. I don't understand why it was not transferred to DVD, excerpt perhaps that there is not a great audience for such a sad story based on true events.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By doris oldenburg on October 31, 2014
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I felt like I was right there with Mrs. Lear. What a strong woman! Dr. Lear gave it his all! Love the book
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