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Making toast : a family story
    Rosenblatt, Roger.
Publisher: Ecco ;
Pub date: 2010.
Pages: 166 p. ;
ISBN: 9780061825934
Item info: 3 copies available at Elmira - Central (Steele) Library, Arkport Village Book Center, and Dundee Library.
Arkport Village Book Center Copies Material Location
306.8745 ROS 1 Adult NonFiction Book Standard shelving location
Dundee Library Copies Material Location
306.8745 ROS 1 Adult NonFiction Book Standard shelving location
Elmira - Central (Steele) Library Copies Material Location
306.8745 R813 1 Adult NonFiction Book Standard shelving location
"A painfully beautiful memoir....Written with such restraint as to be both heartbreaking and instructive."

--E. L. Doctorow

A revered, many times honored (George Polk, Peabody, and Emmy Award winner, to name but a few) journalist, novelist, and playwright, Roger Rosenblatt shares the unforgettable story of the tragedy that changed his life and his family. A book that grew out of his popular December 2008 essay in The New Yorker, Making Toast is a moving account of unexpected loss and recovery in the powerful tradition of About Alice and The Year of Magical Thinking. Writer Ann Beattie offers high praise to the acclaimed author of Lapham Rising and Beet for a memoir that is, "written so forthrightly, but so delicately, that you feel you're a part of this family."

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Publishers Weekly Review
Family tragedy is healed by domestic routine in this quiet, tender memoir. When his daughter Amy died suddenly at the age of 38 from an asymptomatic heart condition, journalist and novelist Rosen-blatt (Lapham Rising) and his wife moved into her house to help her husband care for their three young children. Not much happens except for the mundane, crucial duties of child care: reading stories, helping with schoolwork, chasing after an indefatigable toddler who is "the busiest person I have ever known," making toast to order for finicky kids. Building on the small events of everyday life, Rosenblatt draws sharply etched portraits of his grandchildren; his stoic, gentle son-in-law; his wife, who feels slightly guilty that she is living her daughter's life; and Amy emerges as a smart, prickly, selfless figure whose significance the author never registered until her death. Rosenblatt avoids the sentimentality that might have weighed down the story; he writes with humor and an engagement with life that makes the occasional flashes of grief all the more telling. The result is a beautiful account of human loss, measured by the steady effort to fill in the void. (Feb. 16) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information
Library Journal Review
When Roger and Ginny Rosenblatt's daughter, Amy, dies suddenly from a rare heart condition, the grandparents move in with their son-in-law to help take care of Jessica, Sammy, and James. Rosenblatt records the everyday details of this newly formed family and starts a new tradition called "Word of the Morning." Indeed, words in this world of "after" are a key theme: those that are spoken and unspoken, those that shouldn't have been uttered, and those that need to be all help the family through their grief. Without it ever needing to be mentioned, readers understand how fiercely Rosenblatt loved Amy. A moving tribute and an original, important contribution to grief literature. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/09.]-Elizabeth Brinkley, Granite Falls, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information

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key ocn419859876
Data source OCoLC
Fixed field data 091127s2010 nyu 000 0 eng
ISBN 9780061825934 (hbk.) : $21.99
ISBN 006182593X (hbk.)
Cataloging Source UKM UKM BTCTA ZS3 YDXCP
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 306.8745092 22
Personal Author Rosenblatt, Roger.
Title Making toast : a family story / by Roger Rosenblatt.
Publication info New York : Ecco ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2010.
Projected pub date 201003
Physical description 166 p. ; 22 cm.
Personal subject Rosenblatt, Roger--Family.
Subject term Grandparents.
Subject term Grandparent and child.
Subject term Bereavement.
Subject term Parenting.
Subject term Grandparents as parents.
Subject term Daughters--Death.
Leader am8a