Qty:1
  • List Price: $15.99
  • Save: $4.45 (28%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: FREE Shipping, PRIME and Super Saver! Your Order Helps Our Community! Book in Good Condition, Text Clean and Unmarked, Tight Binding, may show some shelfwear.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Only Spring: On Mourning the Death of My Son Paperback – August 16, 2005


See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$11.54
$1.45 $0.01

Frequently Bought Together

Only Spring: On Mourning the Death of My Son + Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now + And Never Stop Dancing: Thirty More True Things You Need to Know Now
Price for all three: $33.57

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (August 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569243514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569243510
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Psychiatrist Livingston's earlier journals of the death from leukemia of his six-year-old son, Lucas, were first published in the San Francisco Chronicle's Image magazine, where they evoked wide and warm response. In those writings, he detailed the grueling regimen (including a bone-marrow transplant from the author) that Lucas endured, bequeathing to the family a lesson about the power of the human spirit. The current journal details the depth of Livingston's struggle with the loss of Lucas and the earlier suicide of an older son, and with his rage at the medical technology that failed his child. A poignant account of an anguishing life-changing experience.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gordon Livingston introduces this brutally honest diary as the story of the life and death of his son. It is that, focusing on Livingston's experience of losing his six-year-old son, Lucas, to leukemia; it is also an account of a process of mourning permeated by his gradual realization that "love is not lost even in death." The book focuses almost entirely on the experience of Lucas' death, but the suicide of Livingston's oldest son, Andrew, the previous year, is never far below the surface. It is to Livingston's credit that he speaks not in terms of a triumph over death but of a confidence, gradually won, that love is not lost. This sets the book apart from much of the popular literature of hope and makes it an important contribution to the tradition of tragedy that moves us to humanity in the embrace of mortality. Steve Schroeder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
8
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 10 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By TG on December 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Sad book, but helped me see what it is that is important in life.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christine Quiriy on February 10, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Gordon Livingston writes with clarity and honesty about the illness and death of his beloved youngest son, and the aftermath he and his family endured. The book faithfully captures the roller coaster of emotions that accompany the trajectory of illness, as well as the benumbed unreality of such a shocking loss when death occurs. A beautifully brave account of moving into and through a fog of despair, doubt, and guilt, eventually giving way to a ray of hope and light.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was very well written and very moving. I liked that it was written from the perspective of a father. After reading many grief books I found this to be very different. It's a book I will share with other parents who have lost a child, especially through leukemia.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia O. Knight on January 19, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very touching account of his grief and how he handled it. Helpful for those who have also lost a child
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Rochester on May 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I read this book three years after the death of my son from terminal brain cancer, just a month shy of his 19th birthday. We knew at his diagnosis that he had two years at most; he lived about 15 months.

Gordon Livingston has eloquently and without reserve put a voice to the feeling of complete and utter helplessness a parent feels when they know their child will die young, and before the parent. That knowledge brings despair but at the same time heightens the awareness of how short life really is, and that it is to be enjoyed every moment and that the negative should not be dwelled upon. This book brought me peace and helped me understand that my emotions during my son's illness and after his death, were not unique to me, but very normal.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?