- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: Foreverland Press (July 18, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996528903
- ISBN-13: 978-0996528900
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,912,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Phantom Limb: A Meditation on Memory
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This is a memoir for anyone who has suffered a significant loss or nursed an aging parent through a long-term illness. Sternburg's mother's leg was amputated yet she continued to feel as if the limb were present; here, the "phantom limb" becomes a metaphor for loss. The author, a poet, essayist, and visual artist, sought to learn more about her mother's condition through consultation with neurologists and a proactive response to her mother's healthcare. The author, who lives in California, was the primary guardian for her Boston-based mother. She arranged to be home by 5 p.m. everyday to talk with her mother and realized her good fortune in being able to fly to her mother's side whenever she was needed. Although she found an excellent domiciliary for her mother, her feelings remained ambiguous as she sought to find the peace with her own physical and emotional ghosts that sitting with her mother could bring. Alternately compassionate, painful, and joyful, this work is recommended for public libraries, particularly those with an aging populace and large self-help and memoir collections. Pam Kingsbury, Florence, AL
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Sternburg's mother lost her leg during her later years yet, like so many who experience such a loss, continued to feel the presence of the lost limb. In setting out to learn more about this baffling condition, called Phantom Limb, Sternburg discovered more than she had expected, encountering and developing new ideas about the mind-body relationship. She suggests that each person suffers from Phantom Limb--that is, from the grievous loss of someone who, though no longer with one, remains a palpable part of one. She approaches that paradox by writing this book that is part moving account of greater love in the face of her mother's approaching death, part medical inquiry into neurology, and part spiritual meditation on the struggles and sufferings that living visits on each of us. In making peace with physical and emotional ghosts, Sternburg shows that emotional and spiritual integration is possible, though born out of pain and loss. Whitney Scott
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These two books fit together hand-in-glove, and the vignettes are poems.
I have read a couple of other books in this series, the American Lives series, and I have liked them all but one, which I really tried to get something out of it.
I will look for this author again!
Ms. Sternburg explores her relationship with her mother and father touchingly, as her tale weaves back and forth from the past to the present, revealing the delicate nature of the human condition. The story is written in searingly honest prose, each one a self-contained vignette that links together to form the memory of whole human lives. This book is not necessarily just for people coping with loss...it's much more than that. "Phantom Limb" does exactly what good literature should do: it transports the reader to another realm, and it's beauty will stay with you, long after you put the book down.
I also found the detail in which she describes being an advocate for her mother a fascinating study that can be useful to anyone that is put in the situation of navigating care for ourselves or someone else. Phantom Limb speaks to what so many of us have either faced or will have to go through as our parents age. Bravo!