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The Bright Hour - A Memoir of Living and Dying

Nina Riggs

* INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "Stunning…heartrending…this year's When Breath Becomes Air." —Nora Krug, The Washington Post "Beautiful and haunting." —Matt McCarthy, MD, USA TODAY "Deeply affecting…simultaneously heartbreaking and funny." —People (Book of the Week) "Vivid, immediate." —Laura Collins-Hughes, The Boston Globe Starred reviews from * Kirkus Reviews * Publishers Weekly * Library Journal * Most Anticipated Summer Reading Selection by * The Washington Post * Entertainment Weekly * Glamour * The Seattle Times * Vulture * InStyle * Bookpage * Bookriot * Real Simple * The Atlanta Journal-Constitution * An exquisite memoir about how to live—and love—every day with "death in the room," from poet Nina Riggs, mother of two young sons and the direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in the tradition of When Breath Becomes Air. "We are breathless, but we love the days. They are promises. They are the only way to walk from one night to the other." Nina Riggs was just thirty-seven years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer—one small spot. Within a year, the mother of two sons, ages seven and nine, and married sixteen years to her best friend, received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal. How does one live each day, "unattached to outcome"? How does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty? Exploring motherhood, marriage, friendship, and memory, even as she wrestles with the legacy of her great-great-great grandfather, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nina Riggs's breathtaking memoir continues the urgent conversation that Paul Kalanithi began in his gorgeous When Breath Becomes Air. She asks, what makes a meaningful life when one has limited time? Brilliantly written, disarmingly funny, and deeply moving, The Bright Hour is about how to love all the days, even the bad ones, and it's about the way literature, especially Emerson, and Nina's other muse, Montaigne, can be a balm and a form of prayer. It's a book about looking death square

* INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "Stunning…heartrending…this year's When Breath Becomes Air." —Nora Krug, The Washington Post "Beautiful and haunting." —Matt McCarthy, MD, USA TODAY "Deeply affecting…simultaneously heartbreaking and funny." —People (Book of the Week) "Vivid, immediate." —Laura Collins-Hughes, The Boston Globe Starred reviews from * Kirkus Reviews * Publishers Weekly * Library Journal * Most Anticipated Summer Reading Selection by * The Washington Post * Entertainment Weekly * Glamour * The Seattle Times * Vulture * InStyle * Bookpage * Bookriot * Real Simple * The Atlanta Journal-Constitution * An exquisite memoir about how to live—and love—every day with "death in the room," from poet Nina Riggs, mother of two young sons and the direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in the tradition of When Breath Becomes Air. "We are breathless, but we love the days. They are promises. They are the only way to walk from one night to the other." Nina Riggs was just thirty-seven years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer—one small spot. Within a year, the mother of two sons, ages seven and nine, and married sixteen years to her best friend, received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal. How does one live each day, "unattached to outcome"? How does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty? Exploring motherhood, marriage, friendship, and memory, even as she wrestles with the legacy of her great-great-great grandfather, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nina Riggs's breathtaking memoir continues the urgent conversation that Paul Kalanithi began in his gorgeous When Breath Becomes Air. She asks, what makes a meaningful life when one has limited time? Brilliantly written, disarmingly funny, and deeply moving, The Bright Hour is about how to love all the days, even the bad ones, and it's about the way literature, especially Emerson, and Nina's other muse, Montaigne, can be a balm and a form of prayer. It's a book about looking death square
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* INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "Stunning…heartrending…this year's When Breath Becomes Air." —Nora Krug, The Washington Post "Beautiful and haunting." —Matt McCarthy, MD, USA TODAY "Deeply affecting…simultaneously heartbreaking and funny." —People (Book of the Week) "Vivid, immediate." —Laura Collins-Hughes, The Boston Globe Starred reviews from * Kirkus Reviews * Publishers Weekly * Library Journal * Most Anticipated Summer Reading Selection by * The Washington Post * Entertainment Weekly * Glamour * The Seattle Times * Vulture * InStyle * Bookpage * Bookriot * Real Simple * The Atlanta Journal-Constitution * An exquisite memoir about how to live—and love—every day with "death in the room," from poet Nina Riggs, mother of two young sons and the direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in the tradition of When Breath Becomes Air. "We are breathless, but we love the days. They are promises. They are the only way to walk from one night to the other." Nina Riggs was just thirty-seven years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer—one small spot. Within a year, the mother of two sons, ages seven and nine, and married sixteen years to her best friend, received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal. How does one live each day, "unattached to outcome"? How does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty? Exploring motherhood, marriage, friendship, and memory, even as she wrestles with the legacy of her great-great-great grandfather, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nina Riggs's breathtaking memoir continues the urgent conversation that Paul Kalanithi began in his gorgeous When Breath Becomes Air. She asks, what makes a meaningful life when one has limited time? Brilliantly written, disarmingly funny, and deeply moving, The Bright Hour is about how to love all the days, even the bad ones, and it's about the way literature, especially Emerson, and Nina's other muse, Montaigne, can be a balm and a form of prayer. It's a book about looking death square

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne

Length:

7h 36m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:41


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:11


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

00:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:31


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:05


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:22


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

00:41


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:11


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:28


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:06


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:18


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:33


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:27


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:36


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:05


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:46


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:24


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

01:26


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:03


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

10:15


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:34


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:03


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

00:40


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:30


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:19


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:52


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:55


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

01:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:59


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:11


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:03


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

01:02


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:03


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

15:50


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:46


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

01:42


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

01:48


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

01:15


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

01:17


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:01


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:08


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:57


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:17


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:13


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:07


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

01:51


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

09:04


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

02:28


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

01:04


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:17


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

12:51


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:14


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

09:16


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:50


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

24:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

02:53


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

01:37


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

01:56


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

00:58


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

09:36


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

02:13


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:52


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:57


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

00:54


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

01:40


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

01:36


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:06


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:56


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

11:52


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:30


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:23


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

01:18


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:27


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

01:05


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

01:37


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:59


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

02:53


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

16:08


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:52


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

02:59