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Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir (2009)

by Christopher Buckley

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Bestselling author Buckley's most personal and transcendent work--the tragicomic true story of the year in which he lost both of his parents. The author offers consolation, wit, and warmth to those coping with the death of a mother or father.
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Not only were these extraordinary people fascinating, but the writing was inspired. There is something compelling about a well turned phrase... ( )
  jemisonreads | Jan 22, 2024 |
This was a real quick read. I tend to like memoirs and this one is a bit more interesting than most because of all those years listening to the family talk about National Review etc. But it's also a good story because of the public life they led and because Buckley doesn't hold back. He writes as much about family disagreements and quirks as he does about his love for his parents. ( )
  ellink | Jan 22, 2024 |
"Parental mortality.......no matter how much you prepare for the moment, when it comes, it comes at you hot, hard and unrehearsed.

Christopher Buckley has related the passing of his parents with tenderness and humor in this extremely well written tribute to his parents. ( )
  kimkimkim | Aug 21, 2017 |
Christopher Buckely writes about the deaths of his famous parents. This isn't the book I expected, I thought it would be more a memoir but is actually a recounting of the last days and months of his parents lives. It was very touching in places, he obviously loved his parents very much, and funny in others as he always is. At the same time I thought it was a little boring for "outsiders" and I hope at some time in the future he decides to write a more traditional memoir. ( )
  clue | Jun 25, 2017 |
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Control and the confessional impulse abide uneasily in a single manuscript, which is what makes this memoir -- for all its apparent candor -- hollow and unsatisfying. Christopher Buckley is curiously silent, for example, concerning the influence of his outsized parents and their melodramatic marriage on his own somewhat messy personal life.
 
The memoir provoked by their lives and deaths is loving, exasperated and very funny. In its moments of real ambivalence, “Losing Mum and Pup” is surprisingly strong drink.
 
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LADY BRACKNELL:...Are your parents living?

JACK: I have lost both my parents.

LADY BRACKNELL: Both?...To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

—Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
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Julian Booth
Frances Bronson
Danny Merritt
With love and gratitude
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I'm not sure how this book will turn out. (Preface, You're Next)
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Bestselling author Buckley's most personal and transcendent work--the tragicomic true story of the year in which he lost both of his parents. The author offers consolation, wit, and warmth to those coping with the death of a mother or father.

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