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The Last Kiss: A True Story of Love, Joy and Loss Paperback – October 9, 2012

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  • "Beautifully written and completely heartfelt...Brody takes her trained eye as an observer and writes unflinchingly about the man she loved, herself and her kids...A compelling read." - Jacqueline Cutler, The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)


  • "I love this book because it is so honest. Leslie Brody writes openly about what it is like to watch her husband slip away. Some of her stories will break your heart, others bring a smile to your face. Yes, The Last Kiss is a portrait of loss...but also, and more importantly, of a life lived fully." - Meredith Vieira


  • "This is a beautiful, heartbreaking memoir of love and loss. It is as singular in its merciless truths, and as universal in its unwavering humanity, as the disease that sponsors this narrative. And yet the abiding faith in family, in humor, in grief, in love that abounds on these pages triumphs - and insures the immortality of all involved."                                                                   - Ken Burns, filmmaker


  • "Terrific! This is a beautiful book and a brave book, one full of lessons about how to cope with death, but also how to live. It is a story of pain and loss, weathered by humor and grace, and by a great love. Leslie Brody's story is buoyed on every page by compassion and kindness, her own and others."
                    - Kevin Baker, author of New York Times bestseller Paradise Alley

  • "This is a story about the enduring power of love, courage and strength. To read it is to be reminded of what life -- and death -- is all about. Leslie is a character we cry with and root for." - Tom Hallman, Jr., Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Sam: The Boy Behind the Mask and A Stranger's Gift: True Stories of Faith in Unexpected Places


"This is a beautiful, heartbreaking memoir of love and loss. It is as singular in its merciless truths, and as universal in its unwavering humanity, as the disease that sponsors this narrative. And yet the abiding faith in family, in humor, in grief, in love that abounds on these pages triumphs - and insures the immortality of all involved."

"I love this book because it is so honest. Leslie Brody writes openly about what it is like to watch her husband slip away. Some of her stories will break your heart; others bring a smile to your face. Yes, THE LAST KISS is a portrait of loss...but also, and more importantly, of a life lived fully."

About the Author

Leslie Brody covers education for The Record newspaper in New Jersey. The Last Kiss, her first book, grew out of a national award-winning series in The Record called "Living with Cancer". She has been a reporter for The Associated Press in Tokyo, Fortune Magazine and The St. Petersburg Times. A 1983 graduate of Yale, she lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Titletown Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098524786X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985247867
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,840,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Last Kiss is a devastating memoir about finding the love of your life and then getting the worst news possible. Brody tells her story with great honesty and insight into the emotions that go with nursing and loving her husband for the last two years of his life while he was suffering from pancreatic cancer. The book covers their relationship from friendship to a passionate marriage and the successful merging of their two step-families. I have never read a book that deals with the emotional rollercoaster of cancer treatment with such detail, sensitivity and personal honesty about the impact on the survivors as well as the patient. The surprising thing was how much joy and sweetness Brody and her dying husband were able to realize during this tumultuous period. The Last Kiss has much to teach us about making the most of our lives, appreciating the people we love and having the resilience to love again.
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I love this memoir of a beautiful marriage and finding joy and even hope in the face of devastating loss. Brody writes gorgeously and movingly about how life and love go on no matter what, how the worst news does not erase happiness, and how the spirit can triumph over the physical. This story is a must-read for couples facing illness, yes, but also for anyone interested in the true meaning of a successful relationship and a happy marriage. You may expect that this book will make you cry, but you'll be surprised by how much it makes you laugh.
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This was a wonderful book that our bookgroup did during December. While you might think it was a downer around holiday time, it gave us beautiful, loving memories of a wonderful marriage, and showed how love can really make a difference during a horrible illness. Leslie and Elliot's romance was so beautiful, and their marriage was inspiring. Everyone knows someone who has had cancer, but looking at this thru Leslie's eyes makes you realize that this is a wonderful book to help those caregivers get thru a hard time. Everyone always asks about the person with cancer, but not many remember the often selfless people who are there to deal with all the details of helping the person they love most in life get thru this devastating illness. Elliot died way too young. It makes you want to grab all the important people in your life and tell them how much they mean to you. The best advice Leslie got when her husband was diagnosed was "to get closer", not to pull away. It's a lesson we can all learn going forward. Thanks Leslie, for sharing your story with us.
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This is a beautiful tale that will linger with you, for all the right reasons. The Last Kiss relates a sobering fight with cancer, but an equally uplifting love story. It's about living in the best senses of the word - and appreciating the small and best moments of our lives. Leslie Brody's fortitude and wonderful writing make the story of her husband Elliot's journey through illness come alive for the reader. Even if you've been touched by cancer, as so many of us have, you'll learn and learn from this book: which well-intended comments by friends and family are hurtful; the unexpected impact of cancer in the family on children and teens; the deep exhaustion yet rich rewards that only caregiving can offer. I highly recommend this lovely book - you'll carry it with you, metaphorically, for a long long time.
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What do you do when you're punched in the gut with the news that your much-loved spouse, only in his fifties, has just a year or two to live? For Leslie Brody, the answer was to get as close as she could to her husband and to share his terrible journey. But it wasn't all sorrow: the couple also managed to savor their limited time with each other and their children. "Perhaps the ache under the surface made every moment sweeter," Leslie writes of a trip they took to Paris -- words that apply to all their time together. She's also honest about the tensions of balancing her husband's needs with her children's. Leslie tells this story with heart, honesty and humor, and you're left thinking about your own relationships, and reminded how important it is to cherish our lives and the people in them.
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Great book! Loved the honesty and the openness of the authors struggle, love and loss. You don't hear from the care takers side much and it opened a new door to that side of things. Very good book.
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By liliana on September 29, 2013
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I liked it a lot, sad but beautiful and hopeful. I admire anyone that has to go through anything like that.
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Amazing, and heart breaking.
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