Losing Mum and Pup

Losing Mum and Pup

A Memoir

Book - 2009
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"I had more or less resolved not to write a book about my parents. But I'm a writer, and when the universe hands you material like this, not writing about it amounts either to waste or a conscious act of evasion."

So begins award-winning satirist Christopher Buckley in the most personal and transcendent work of his life, the tragicomic true story of the year in which both of his parents died.

In twelve months between 2007 and 2008, Buckley coped with the passing of his father, William F. Buckley, the father of the modern conservative movement, and his mother, Patricia Taylor Buckley, one of New York's most glamorous and colorful socialites. He was their only child and their relationship was close and complicated. Writes Buckley: "They were not -- with respect to every other set of loving, wonderful parents in the world -- your typical mom and dad."

As Buckley tells the story of their final year together, he takes readers on a surprisingly entertaining tour through hospitals, funeral homes, and memorial services, capturing the heartbreaking and disorienting feeling of becoming a fifty-five-year-old orphan. Buckley maintains his sense of humor by recalling the words of Oscar Wilde: "To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness."

Christopher Buckley offers consolation, wit, and warmth to those coping with the death of a parent, while telling a unique personal story of life with legends.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2009.
ISBN: 9780771017322
Characteristics: 251 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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ChristchurchLib Jan 15, 2013

"Between 2007 and 2008, bestselling author Christopher Buckley (who was 55 years old at the time) buried both of his larger-than-life parents, William F. Buckley, Jr., the father of the modern conservative movement, and Patricia Taylor Buckley, one of New York's most colourful socialites. Losing Mum and Pup is Buckley's account of their deaths and how he learned to cope with his grief, but it is also about family, for Buckley recounts episodes of his parents' 57-year marriage as well as his own relationship with them." January 2013 Biography and Memoir Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=591080

Jan 30, 2011

Loving but very funny memoir by Christopher Buckley of his famous parents as their lives were coming to an end. A good reminder that even the rich and famous must go through what everyone else does. Highly recommended.

Sep 01, 2010

For those who have gone through the heartbreak and the frustrations of elderly relatives' last days, this book strikes home. Although most of us do not have parents as well known or as wealthy as Christopher Buckley's, it doesn't matter. Buckley writes of his parents' last days and deaths with affection, yet candidly--and with just the right touch of humor--tells of his frustrations as well, frustrations that many of us who have lost parents well know. Welcome to the brotherhood and sisterhood of adult orphans, Christopher! And thank you for letting us know that we are not alone!

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