Things I’ve Learned From Dying

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I was not compensated for writing this post. I received a copy of Things I’ve Learned From Dying to facilitate my review. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.

Things I've Learned From Dying

Things I’ve Learned From Dying ($25.00), by David R. Dow

Summary of Things I’ve Learned From Dying

“Every life is different, but every death is the same. We live with others. We die alone.”

In his riveting, artfully written memoir The Autobiography of an Execution, David Dow enraptured readers with a searing and frank exploration of his work defending inmates on death row. But when Dow’s father-in-law receives his own death sentence in the form of terminal cancer, and his gentle dog Winona suffers acute liver failure, the author is forced to reconcile with death in a far more personal way, both as a son and as a father.

Told through the disparate lenses of the legal battles he’s spent a career fighting, and the intimate confrontations with death each family faces at home, Things I’ve Learned From Dying offers a poignant and lyrical account of how illness and loss can ravage a family. Full of grace and intelligence, Dow offers readers hope without cliché and reaffirms our basic human needs for acceptance and love by giving voice to the anguish we all face–as parents, as children, as partners, as friends–when our loved ones die tragically, and far too soon.

My Review of Things I’ve Learned From Dying

This is a book you will tell others about, one that you will not soon forget. It was difficult to put down and on the few occasions when I was lost in its pages, I was mesmerized. The storytelling is exquisite; the story (or stories, rather) is one that must be told.

Things I’ve Learned From Dying is a book that will move you. I can’t fathom an instance in which it wouldn’t, anyway. I found myself greedily reading, anxious to get to the next step in the story, eager to see what happened next. I’ll admit, I cried several times, and it was because of sincere, heart-wrenching emotion. Dow weaves in multiple story lines about the deaths of those around him, and each one had a significant effect on me.

I was surprised at how Dow made me feel about a death row prisoner who was awaiting execution. As I followed the course of events, I found myself mourning his death, along with Dow and others who knew the man. That’s the type of story that Dow presents — one in which you’ll become transfixed and emotionally invested. At least it did to me.

David R. Dow is a gifted writer and I can only hope that he writes and writes, and writes some more. His experiences should be shared, they are accounts of humanity, dignity, transformation, forgiveness that people should digest and understand.

Things I’ve Learned From Dying is Dow’s second book, and I will soon be reading his first, The Autobiography of an Execution. I couldn’t recommend this book enough. Trust me, it’s an experience you don’t want to miss.

This book is published by Twelve Books, a publishing company that has a unique and noble mission statement and purpose. That’s likely why their catalog is filled with books of substance. You can purchase Things I’ve Learned From Dying at Amazonand you should!

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