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Subject: All The Numbers - Judy Merrill Larsen
Date Posted: 12/30/2007 3:32 PM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2007
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I just read this book, written by a member of PBS.    I am completely blown away by this book.    I normally don't cry at movies or when reading books.  This book, got to me, and I cried.   It touched me the way no other book has in a long, long time.     The style reminds me a bit of Jody Picoult - but with more depth to the characters.   Most realistic!

Without giving away the plot - this book is about a woman who loses that thing that is most precious - her son.  And the aftermath.     I just ached so for this mother, for her other son, for the people who loved her and tired to help her along the way.     Most of all I looked deep into my heart to that hidden fear most mothers have - COULD we go on if we lost our child?

The book is going out tomorrow to another dedicated PBS reader.  It's too good to linger on a shelf, unread.

Subject: You Go On
Date Posted: 12/31/2007 12:07 AM ET
Member Since: 8/22/2007
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To answer the question....you take it one day at a time and you remember the good times, not the bad, and you do what needs to be done. I found my son unconscious the day after Christmas 2004 and for the next 24 days I watched and hoped that he would regain consciousness. It never happened and I watched as he had to go through dialysis and while he began having seizures. And you wonder why and what happened. Those questions were never answered. You never forget but each day it becomes a little easier to bear. You lean on your family and friends and take whatever comfort you can find.

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 1:38 AM ET
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Thanks Cozette I  did not know  about this book.I just put it on my wishlist.

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 1:51 AM ET
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I am so sorry for your loss Nancy.       I was trying to address what the book addresses.   I think she was able to put what you said into the book in such a way that I certainly felt her loss.         As I felt my sister's when she lost a child.             THAT is what I thought was important about this book and why I posted about it. 

Date Posted: 1/1/2008 6:52 PM ET
Member Since: 10/14/2005
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Thanks for the recommendation. I put it on my wish list.