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The Glen Rock Book of the Dead

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December 14, 2010 | Paperback |  4.7 x 7.5, 128 Pages | ISBN 9781582436340
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“Her fascinating, tiny tributes tell the bare-assed truth about relationships while coming together to create a portrait of Winik’s imperfect, love-filled life.” —More, “Best Books of 2008”

In her author’s note to the book, Marion Winik writes that in Mexico on the Day of the Dead, “people build altars to their loved ones . . . they go to the cemetery and stay all night, praying, singing, drinking, wailing. They tell the sad stories and the noble ones; they eat cookies shaped like skeletons. They celebrate and mourn at once.”

Striking that balance, The Glen Rock Book of the Dead presents snapshot portraits of The Jeweler, The Driving Instructor, The Bad Influence—and roughly fifty others who have touched Winik’s life in some way, from her son’s second-grade teacher to Keith Haring. Winik ties these portraits together with observations that strike chords of both loss and joy—forming not only an autobiography but a story of our time.

Known for the honesty that made her debut memoir, First Comes Love, so riveting and powerful, Winik taps into the rich territory of her own life yet again to deliver a lyrical journey that ultimately raises the spirits.

About Marion Winik

MARION WINIK

Marion Winik is the author of five previous books of essays and memoir, and two books of poetry. A longtime commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Praise

“Winik offers memoir, prose and warmth—expressed with precise evocative details.” —The Baltimore Sun

“Her fascinating, tiny tributes tell the bare-assed truth about relationships while coming together to create a portrait of Winik’s imperfect, love-filled life.” —More, “Best Books of 2008”

“Winik treats her subjects with grace, sensitivity and a great deal of her own personality, bringing to brief life the known and unknown, giving each a fitting tribute and the town itself a winning pageant.” —Publishers Weekly

“It is a fine and noble act to remember the dead as Winik has with candor, bemusement, and sorrow, and her gracefully crafted miniatures will inspire others to summon memories of their own lost ones.” —Booklist

“I read this book in one sitting. It’s so beautiful, sad, interesting, funny, and true that I simply could not put it down. This is one cool book. Each chapter is about a dead person the author knew. The chapters are short and intense and riveting and beautifully written. Winik has many gifts as a writer, but one I appreciate the most is her ability to write about the hardest, darkest subjects with a light, knowing hand. Situations are bleak, but life is not. Life is hard and hilarious and good and complex and often, entirely inexplicable. Winik shows us that in this book. I love The Glen Rock Book of the Dead. I think you will too.” —Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of Wild

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