From Roger Rosenblatt, author of the bestsellers Making Toast and Unless It Moves the Human Heart, comes a moving meditation on the passages of grief, the solace of solitude, and the redemptive power of love
In Making Toast, Roger Rosenblatt shared the story of his family in the days and months after the death of his thirty-eight-year-old daughter, Amy. Now, in Kayak Morning, he offers a personal meditation on grief itself. “Everybody grieves,” he writes. From that terse, melancholy observation emerges a work of art that addresses the universal experience of loss.
On a quiet Sunday morning, two and a half years after Amy’s death, Roger heads out in his kayak. He observes,“You can’t always make your way in the world by moving up. Or down, for that matter. Boats move laterally on water, which levels everything. It is one of the two great levelers.” Part elegy, part quest, Kayak Morning explores Roger’s years as a journalist, the comforts of literature, and the value of solitude, poignantly reminding us that grief is not apart from life but encompasses it. In recalling to us what we have lost, grief by necessity resurrects what we have had.
I felt so comfortable riding in the water with him. He invites empathy and smiles and thought. besides that he loves some of the same books I do!Published 4 months ago by Claire Ruder
Roger Rosenblatt's bestselling and moving memoir, Making Toast: A Family Story, made me a fan a few years back. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Timothy J. Bazzett
Roger Rosenblatt writes beautifully, but this essay feels like he's just going through the motions. He's having great difficulty dealing with his daughter's death, he's angry, and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by R. Penn
Great book. Deals well with the grief journey that we are on. Author was so passionate in his love for his daughter, her husband and the grandchildren.Published 10 months ago by Mr Marquez
Such an honest and moving memoir on love, loss, perseverance, but mostly love, as it should be. His first memoir, Making Toast, on the death of his daughter, is also highly... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eric H.
I've heard about (and heard him on the radio) Rosenblatt for a number of years. His writing talents are great and his insights very impressive.Published 12 months ago by douglas r. harding
I read it twice gave my copy to a friend and ordered another for me so I can read it again and again as it is loaded with food for thoughtPublished 14 months ago by James Liegl
Whereas I like some of the metaphors used by the author, I found the writing studied and precious on more occasions than I liked ("dubious duck, for example; how would anyone... Read morePublished 16 months ago by M. P. Sylvia