The Bright Hour

The Bright Hour

A Memoir of Living and Dying

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"Built on her ... Modern Love column, 'When a Couch is More Than a Couch' (9/23/2016), a ... memoir of living meaningfully with 'death in the room' by the 38-year-old great-great-great granddaughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson--mother to two young boys, wife of 16 years--after her terminal cancer diagnosis"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501169359
Branch Call Number: 362.1969 Rigg
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm

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Two votes! "Beautifully written. I laughed and cried while reading this. I loved the local references, the thoughts on nature as religion, and her way of seeing the world. Reading this helped me to take extra quiet moments, kiss my babies extra, and be aware of the 'suspicious country' we ar... Read More »

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Chapel_Hill_SarahW Oct 07, 2017

Beautifully written. I laughed and cried while reading this. I loved the local references, the thoughts on nature as religion, and her way of seeing the world. Reading this helped me to take extra quiet moments, kiss my babies extra, and be aware of the 'suspicious country' we are all in.


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JessicaGma Jul 10, 2018

It's beautifully written so it's lovely but also sad in turns. You follow Nina and her family as they deal with possible remission but then all the bumps and obstacles that come from a terminal disease. I was definitely weeping at the end.

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singasong70
Mar 26, 2018

Not as captivated as I should be ( too soon after reading When Breath Becomes Air). In the face of death, mentions philosopher, relative (RWE) uses "F" word liberally, convinces me she's not at peace with God. Having sat at bedside with 2 who drew their last breath, one at peace with God and looking forward to heaven, one not, angry, struggling to the end - can say with confidence which I'd rather be and know I am (Just a thought).

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lizalaw
Jan 20, 2018

from Strib 1/20/18

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ulana2001
Oct 14, 2017

Reading this was a true inspiration to me. The courage and humor of this relatively young woman with two young sons and everything to live for is amazing. I think it helps to put our everyday travails in perspective.
Initially I thought this might be too dark a topic for me but it gave me strength instead.

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Oct 07, 2017

Beautifully written. I laughed and cried while reading this. I loved the local references, the thoughts on nature as religion, and her way of seeing the world. Reading this helped me to take extra quiet moments, kiss my babies extra, and be aware of the 'suspicious country' we are all in.

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amccannel
Sep 15, 2017

This was such a beautiful book. Poetic and thought provoking.

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FairhavenLibe
Aug 08, 2017

A joy to read, hard not to cry so I cried often. I've read other memoirs by women battling cancer, but this one will stay with me, it is funny, philosophical, truthful, and just so beautifully written.

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Jessi52
Jun 20, 2017

Funny, sweet and heartbreaking. Wonderfully written. Highly recommend.

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carolina_girl
Jun 16, 2017

One of the best books I've read in a long time! Riggs has a beautiful style, full of description and humor. I highly recommend this to ANYONE whose life has been touched by cancer. This book is sure to be one of my favorites for years to come.

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Jun 16, 2017

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