We love getting your feedback on our books, almost as much as we enjoy reading them! With that in mind, here are three new reviews of Roger Rosenblatt's Making Toast from our trusty readers. And while you're here, don't miss Virginia's review.
Our first comes from 20something Lauren Gibaldi, who blogs on halfdesertedstreets.com. Lauren calls the book "an absolute beautiful read, a truly wonderful tribute." Her full review can be found here.
Next up is Diane LaRue. of LaRue Marketing & Public Relations. She writes: "Their story will touch (and sometimes break) your heart." Her review is here.
Nancy Renfro, director of the Watauga Regional Library, writes:
There never can be too many books on the subject of the death of a loved one. We all mourn in different ways, and each memoir about death has its own perspective that lends credence to our own unique ways of suffering. When faced with death, we need reassurance that others have made it through the first numbing days of sorrow, survived, and even created beauty out of their suffering. Making Toast is a sad, but welcome addition to the growing list of titles of regular humans going about their lives with the people they love and then, unexpectedly, tragically, having the specter of death thrust upon them. Some of the most readable, poignant and noteworthy of these memoirs are from already published authors. They already are adept at writing, and thus can explain the emotional tangle they experience in a coherent way. There have been several over the years from well-known women authors: Isabel Allende ‘s moving tribute to her daughter “Paula”, Joan Didion’s heart wrenching “The Year of Magical Thinking”, where she deals not only with the death of her beloved husband John Gregory Dunne, but the continued care for her daughter in critical condition in the hospital. But this memoir is different. From the perspective of a father, it is less emotional and inward looking, and more a chronicle of how he, his wife, and extended family get through the day to day living that must go on after the death of a vital, healthy wife, mother, and career woman. How does a parent bury a child in the prime of her life, and then continue to live and find meaning in the life that is left? Rosenblatt answers that question through his own life and the lives of the family members left behind. This book is highly recommended.