Life's That Way by Jim Beaver

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A remarkable memoir that shows the capacity of the human heart to heal after the challenge of having to say goodbye.

Even the hardest lessons contain great gifts.

Jim Beaver and his wife Cecily Adams appeared to have it all-following years of fertility treatments, they were finally parents and they were building their dream home and successful Hollywood careers. Life was good. But then their daughter, Maddie, was diagnosed as autistic. Weeks later, Cecily, a non-smoker, was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Sadly, after 14 years of marriage, Jim became a widower and a single dad.

Faced with overwhelming grief, Jim reached out to family and friends by writing a nightly email-a habit he established when Cecily was first diagnosed. Initially a cathartic exercise for Jim, the prose became an unforgettable journey for his readers. Life's That Way is a compilation of those profound, compelling emails.


About Jim Beaver

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JIM BEAVER is a writer and actor who recently starred as Ellsworth on HBO’s Emmy Award–winning series Deadwood. He played simultaneous roles on the hit shows Supernatural, Big Love, and John from Cincinnati. He will next be appearing on Harper’s Island, a new show to air on CBS in 2009. Beaver is also a nationally recognized playwright and stage actor, writing and acting in award-winning productions. A Vietnam vet and a native of Laramie, Wyoming, Beaver was married to Cecily Adams (daughter of Don Adams) from 1989 until her death in 2004. He currently lives in Los Angeles with their daughter, Madeline, and three cats, Frankie, Heidi, and Sigourney Beaver.
Published March 9, 2009 by Berkley. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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(Suffice it to say, it gets awfully dusty around me whenever I hear Al tell Smith, "You can go now, brother.") The death sequence itself - first Doc praying to God and quoting the words of the dying men he treated in the Civil War, then Al euthanizing Smith while matter-of-factly giving tips on s...

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