25.8.10

Making Toast By Roger Rosenblatt



I read a review of this book about a year ago and remembered the title had ‘toast’ in it-So when I thought of it I looked it up and ordered it.


The book is written by Roger Rosenblatt, an author and English/Creative Writing Professor.
The story is about grief: coping with grief, living with grief and a new normal.  Ultimately it is about loss.
It took me four hours to read this book- taking one break to make dinner for my family and eat it together. Then I kept reading and crying. I cried for pretty much the whole 166 pages.
This is not a novel. It is tidbits of memories and the days and months following the death of Mr. Rosenblatt’s daughter. Amy was a young wife, mother and doctor. Her youngest child was just over a year when Amy collapse and died of a rare heart condition which was undiagnosed.
On the day that the Rosenblatt’s got 'the' phone call, they drove from their home, to their son-in-laws home and stayed to help raise their three grandchildren. A mix of grandparent laced pride and coping with anger and grief the Rosenblatt’s adjust to their new normal among play dates and diapers- Mrs. Rosenblatt wistfully observing that she is living her daughter’s life.
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              Do you like to read books that make you cry?

16 comments:

Diana Mieczan said...

Yes I do...I like when books bring out emotions:)
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Everton Terrace said...

I think I do. When I finish one, I am usually happy I've read it but I'm apprehensive before reading it, thinking I don't want to just cry. I had to put My Sister's Keeper down so many times because it just drained me. My daughter wouldn't let me read Lovely Bones because she felt I couldn't handle it. This one might be one of those. I have only one daughter and she is 24 so the thought of what these people went through might be too much for me.

Nuit said...

humm.... not crazy about books thaht make me cry... my real passion is mystery novels, Edgar A. Poe and Sir Connan Doyle's Sherlock being my favorite. Actually I have a fascination and obsession with Holmes beyond anything reasonable. Maybe someday I will find me a man like him {HA!!} Dr. Gregory House might be the next best thing ;)
xo

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

I do! The first book I ever read that made me sob was the Kite Runner. I have to be in the right mood though because it makes me very melancholy for a while. This one sounds like a good one!

XO
Lenore

Jude said...

I do - if it moves or devastates me to tears, I think that's a sign (in my book, ha). I always loved that Franz Kafka quote (to the point of using it recently :)), that a book should be the axe for the "frozen sea" inside us.

This one sounds amazing, I remembered reading a review (and have become sadly familiar with grieving for people in recent times), so thank you for this great reminder.

rebecca said...

so many books have made me cry... at least they've had an impact (:

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Mo Pie, Please said...

Whoa, this sounds intense and amzing all at once. I'm not sure my emotions can handle it at the time being but I'd really like to read this some day.

Reina said...

there'd probably be lots of tear stains all over the pages of this book if i read it.
hmm. i think the only two books i've read that made me cry (now take note, i'm 15 and probably havent yet read as many books as you have ;D ) were Firefly Lane and If I Stay. I suppose i dont mind books that make me cry, but i absolutly CANNOT read books with animal cruelty or sad books about animals. i dont think my heart could handle it.

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my goodness. I almost cried just reading the review. I guess I do like books that make me cry. Or maybe I don't. I haven't read a book all summer. A tragedy for certain.

Selma said...

Thanks for stopping by. :) And yes, books that make me cry are the best. Shows that the written word has power! Strong power!

Clair said...

No I don't! Too draining.
Clair

Chelsea Gwynne said...

so sad! I'm not sure I would really willingly get into a book like that - I worry that it would just really depress me for awhile! Not to say i avoid "the real" but I might just skip it? :(

Susan Erickson said...

nope...I read books to make me laugh....too much crying in the real world....

sherri said...

I don't like reading books that make me cry but love movies that do. I like books that make me laugh, but that one sounds like a great read.

Krystal said...

Ohhh, I don't know, Mark was laughing at me while I was reading Marley and Me and crying...
but this sounds really moving!

Lovely World said...

I had read about this a while back and knew I'd like to read it. Thanks for reminding me of it.

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