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Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir Paperback – May 13, 2010
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Christopher Buckley celebrates the lives of his parents, but also shares his mourning with us. He recounts with total frankness his disagreements and prickly relationships with both parents. Anyone who has buried their parents will recognize the combination of mourning, regret at not having straightened everything out (aka as "the talk"), and just the sense of being truly alone (not to mention, as the author points out, you become next in line in this endless procession of death). Buckley calls himself "an orphan" and I think we all fall into that designation. There certainly are very sad moments--I for one never imagined I would ever shed a tear for Bill Buckley but came close a couple of times.Read more ›
For me, LOSING MUM AND PUP: A MEMOIR stands as a testament to his parents, William F. and Patricia Buckley, and as such it is also a testament of himself: his parents were grand people standing on the grand stage of life, and while he has a certain amount of notoriety in the publishing world, he lives in shadows of them somewhat, especially his father.
With LOSING MUM AND PUP: A MEMOIR, their only son, Christopher, has given us, in this case the listener or reader, an excellent account of what he went through when he lost both of his parents within a year. This account, while perhaps too personal for some, is nonetheless honest and forthright. It speaks of the flaws of the author as much, if not more, than the subjects of his writing, his parents. And, what I find so remarkable was how his loss was so much more expressive when the words sometime came out of his mouth somewhat reluctantly, often skating to the edge of quivering (in the audio version), but never quite doing so, at certain points, such as reading his father's letter to others after his mother's passing.
I only knew William F.Read more ›
His loving memoir of two difficult parents, the account at times hilariously funny, at times outrageously irreverential, draws his outsize father and mother, Bill and Pat Buckley with the eye of a portraitist uniquely in a position to know.
Both parents were at times difficult for Christopher Buckley. As his mother comatose lay dying, he said, "I forgive you." Much as Geoffrey Wolff lovingly said, "Thank God," when informed of his father's death.
What is so interesting is that the very style of his parents is reflected in the style of the portrait. The account is breezy but incisive reminiscent of his mother. One can almost hear her saying, "Pul-eeze, excuse me while I go out and buy a Stradivarius" in parrying some filial jeremiad. The outside-the-box thinking is vintage Bill Buckley. I paraphrase: "I wanted to tell each eulogist at my mother's memorial service at the Temple of Dendur that I had snipers hidden in the Temple with orders to shoot if any exceeded four minutes." Who, but a Buckley, thinks like that? It's what makes them so exasperatingly delightful. You can almost see the arched eyebrows. The ideation is of a piece with the father's famous quip during the 1965 New York City Mayoral election. "What will you do if you win, Mr. Buckley?" "Demand a recount."
The book particularly resonanted with me since, like Christopher Buckley, I am an only child who in his fifties lost both parents (mother first) within a year of each other.Read more ›
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Wanted to read this book when it first came out to great fanfare several years ago, was an immediate NY Times bestseller, made several 'best' lists, etc. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Timothy J. Bazzett
Really helped me through the death of my parents. Made me smile and laugh again. Now a go to book for friends who have lost parentsPublished 27 days ago by Karen Lynn Alstadt
I appreciate and respect the author's work and his memories of his parents. But I found his parents to be obnoxious (as I thought his father was when alive) and that in itself... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joseph M. Hunt
This has become one of my favorite books, and one I recommend to anyone. This book is witty, funny, sad, and enlightening at the same time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ChrisWald
excellent, witty writer with a great turn of phrase. even though I differ drastically politically from his father, he was quite fascinating to read aboutPublished 2 months ago by C Nordquest
I was never a big fan of William F. Buckley, Jr. For all of his prodigious intellect and education, his primary debating technique was to not allow his opponents to speak. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kenneth D. Knezick
I am a lifelong fan of William F. Buckley. However, I of course, never knew him. The author, being Buckley's son, did. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Craig Matteson