The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying

By admin
July 10, 2017


By Nina Riggs

Nina Riggs, poet and great-great-great granddaughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson was just thirty-seven years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Within a year, the mother of two sons, ages seven and nine, and married sixteen years to her best friend, received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal.

Riggs explores motherhood, marriage, friendship, and memory, even as she wrestles with the legacy of her great-great-great grandfather, asking “how does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty?” Nina Riggs’s vivid memoir continues the urgent conversation that Paul Kalanithi began in When Breath Becomes Air, and asks, what makes a meaningful life when one has limited time?

Brilliantly written, disarmingly funny, and deeply moving, The Bright Hour is about how to love all the days we have, even the bad ones.

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