*Starred Review* Everyone knows they will someday die. Someday. But while death is unavoidable, people generally prefer not to think about it. In that, Swedish telejournalist Lindquist was just like everybody else. She was, after all, a fit, active 49-year-old who had a busy life filled with family, friends, and career. Even after she noticed subtle signs of degenerating muscle strength, sought medical opinions, and suspected she had ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease), her thoughts were divided between hoping for the best and dreading the worst. By the time bad news was confirmed, she had begun to keep this journal of her experience with the terminal illness, a record of tasting and savoring each moment, each event, as if it would be the last for her. Some might, mistakenly, believe that grace is meek and soft, but Lindquist's unflinching honesty attests that it can be quite different. She makes it known that she lived the final months with grace and dignity despite an illness whose single-minded purpose seemed to be to afflict her with precisely the opposite conditions. This was a Swedish best-seller, and little wonder. Donna ChavezCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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Haunting and powerful . . . In her words and her insights, [Lindquist] triumphs. -- Abraham Verghese, author of The Tennis Partner and My Own Country
I have never read anything like itits quietness, its courage, its lucidity; I found it searing, beautiful, terrifying, and at the same time, affirmingand reassuring. -- Dr. Oliver Sacks
Lyrical, meditative . . . and inspirational. -- Newsday