Book Reviews of Before I Say Goodbye: Recollections and Observations from One Woman's Final Year

Before I Say Goodbye: Recollections and Observations from One Woman's Final Year
Before I Say Goodbye Recollections and Observations from One Woman's Final Year
Author: Ruth Picardie
ISBN-13: 9780805066128
ISBN-10: 0805066128
Publication Date: 9/14/2000
Pages: 128
Rating:
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3.7 stars, based on 15 ratings
Publisher: Owl Books
Book Type: Paperback
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One of the best books I\'ve read on this subject. The author\'s wit and talent makes this book a pleasant and informative read. What could have been a morbid lament is turned into a very honest, interesting look at a woman facing the ultimate fear.
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Very touching. Hard not to shed a few tears. Especially when I read the letters to her children.
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Powerful and uplifting book about Ruth Picardi who died at 33 y.o. from breast cancer. A journalist, she communicated courageously and movingly with her readers, friends, and family about life and her own experiences. This book contains her writings to these various groups of people.
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Ruth Picardie was a 33 year old journalist when she died, just under a year after she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. It seemed natural for her to write about her illness. This book contains the seven columns that she wrote before she became to ill to continue, and also contains correspondence from readers, emails to her friends. letters to her children (two year old twins) and reflections by her husband and sister. This book celebrates the triumph of a brave and wonderful woman's spirit.
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Very moving story of a woman's last year- she was 33 yrs old and her twins had just turned 2. Makes you appreciate life
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By turns humorous and heart-rending, an unforgettable account of a young woman's spiritual triumphs over breast cancer in the last year of her life

Ruth Picardie was only thirty-three when she died, a month after her twins' second birthday and just under a year after she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. For Ruth, a journalist, it seemed natural to write about her illness. She published only five columns for Observer Life magazine before she became too sick to continue, but her moving, funny, and very human account drew a huge response from readers all over England.

Before I Say Goodbye juxtaposes these columns with correspondence from readers, e-mails to her friends, letters to her children, and reflections by her husband and her sister. The result is a courageous and moving book, entirely devoid of self-pity, that celebrates the triumph of a brave and wonderful woman's spirit. An international bestseller in England, Picardie's sobering yet ultimately life-affirming book is destined to become a classic.