New Arrival 2016-02-17

On My Own

Blue Hen Award NomineeNon-FictionNew York Times Bestseller
Diane Rehm
"In a deeply personal and moving book, the beloved NPR radio hostess speaks out about the long drawn-out death (from Parkinson's) of her husband of 54 years, and of her struggle to reconstruct her life without him.

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Publishers Weekly:
Rehm (Finding My  Voice ), a popular National Public Radio host and author, has dedicated this heartfelt memoir to her husband, the late John Rehm, and the book speaks powerfully to those who have lost a loved one and found the strength to carry on . Rehm describes her 54-year marriage to John, a successful attorney, in honest terms. She was clearly in love with him and in awe of him, but she also admits that the marriage was not perfect. At times, her husband withdrew into silence, and the couple considered divorce. On  the whole, as Rehm describes, the union was one in which love and mutual encouragement played significant parts. She writes that after her spouse was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and began to slowly decline in health, they grew even closer; she crawled into his hospital bed to tenderly read him poetry. Eventually John was severely disabled, angered and disheartened by a system that disallowed physician-assisted death in such cases, and he made the decision to end his life by refusing sustenance. Rehm is now closing in on  80, and nearing her retirement from radio. The seasoned broadcaster explores the many changes and challenges that come when a spouse dies; she shares feelings of guilt, loneliness, fear, and worry as well as acknowledging her strengths and newfound independence. Rehm’s forthright memoir, which probes the process of loss, grief, and renewal, will find a wide audience with fans of her show as well as many others facing this profound passage. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed December 14, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 51, p)

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