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Making Toast (2010)

by Roger Rosenblatt

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a gentle, sad, funny, insightful memoir. No parent wants to outlive a child. Yet, the author speaks openly about his grief, anger, and his unfailing love for his daughter and her children. Two things that struck me over and over was the fame of the people in the author's circle of friends, and his incredible sense of humor/playfulness. Bopo the great, indeed. ( )
  bookczuk | Oct 3, 2013 |
Won this on Goodreads (thank you!!!). The book is slim, but nonetheless tells the story well. You can feel the loss the family went through. I lost my dad when I was 11, so I know how the death of a parent (looking at it from the child's side) can affect a small child. Your world is upside down. At least the grandparents were able to step in and become part of the household.
Small complaint, since the characters aren't fleshed out much it can be hard to follow who is who in the book. An extra 20-50 pages may have helped with this. Or even a list of who is who at the beginning.

All in all, a nice story to read. ( )
  ownedbycats | Sep 1, 2013 |
Disappointing. More a journal of grieving a daughter than a constructed memoir. I found Rosenblatt's reflections emotionally shallow and wasn't at all sure why he expected me to read on. ( )
  ElizabethAndrew | May 13, 2013 |
A beautifully crafted memoir of grief and its impact on the author's family. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
You could read this book in one sitting, although it took me two to finish it. Making Toast: A Family Story is a lovely memoir written in memory of the author's daughter, Amy, who died suddenly and without warning from a rare heart condition. At the time, Amy and her husband had three young children. Upon Amy's death, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife left their home and moved in with Amy's husband to help take care of their children.

There is an anecdotal feel throughout the book, which flows well and moves the reader along effortlessly. It concentrates more on the time the Rosenblatts help raise their grandchildren rather than on Amy's life. I found the book witty, charming, tragic and sad--a true testament of the love of a family and their dedication to each other.

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  admccrae | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Ze zegt dat rouwenden zichzelf vaak voorhouden dat alles na het eerste jaar wel beter zal gaan. Ze herinnert ons aan wat ze Harris helemaal in het begin heeft verteld; dat rouwen voor ieder van ons, en niet alleen voor de kinderen, een proces is dat een leven lang duurt. En wat betreft de periode van een jaar: 'Daarna wordt het vaak juist erger. Jij, Ginny en Harris worden nu allemaal met de harde waarheid geconfronteerd dat het leven voortaan zo zal zijn. Een jaar is helemaal niets'.
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When his daughter, Amy - a gifted doctor, mother, and wife - collapsed and died from an asymptomatic heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, left their home on the South Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and their three young grandchildren, six-year-old Jessica, four-year-old Sammy, and one year-old James, known as Bubbies. Long past the years of nappies, homework, and recitals, Roger and Ginny - Boppo and Mimi to the kids - quickly reaccustomed themselves to the world of small children: bedtime stories, talking toys, playdates, nonstop questions, and nonsequential thought. Though still reeling from Amy's death, they carried on, reconstructing a family, sustaining one another, and guiding three lively, alert, and tenderhearted children through the pains and confusions of grief. As he marvelled at the strength of his son-in-law, a surgeon, and the tenacity and skill of his wife, a former kindergarten teacher, Roger attended each day to 'the one household duty I have mastered'- preparing the morning toast perfectly to each child's liking. With the wit, heart, precision, and depth of understanding that has characterised his work, Roger Rosenblatt peels back the layers on this most personal of losses to create both a tribute to his late daughter and a testament to familial love. The day Amy died, Harris told Ginny and Roger, 'It's impossible'. Roger's story tells how a family makes the possible of the impossible.

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When his daughter, Amy, collapses and dies from an asymptomatic heart condition, Rosenblatt and his wife leave their home on Long Island to move in with their son-in-law and their three young grandchildren. He peels back the layers on this most personal of losses to create a testament to familial love.… (more)

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