Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley
A Memoir

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In twelve months between 2007 and 2008, Christopher Buckley coped with the passing of his father, William F. Buckley, the father of the modern conservative movement, and his mother, Patricia Taylor Buckley, one of New York's most glamorous and colorful socialites. He was their only child and their relationship was close and complicated. Writes Buckley: "They were not - with respect to every other set of loving, wonderful parents in the world - your typical mom and dad."
As Buckley tells the story of their final year together, he takes readers on a surprisingly entertaining tour through hospitals, funeral homes, and memorial services, capturing the heartbreaking and disorienting feeling of becoming a 55-year-old orphan. Buckley maintains his sense of humor by recalling the words of Oscar Wilde: "To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness."
Just as Calvin Trillin and Joan Didion gave readers solace and insight into the experience of losing a spouse, Christopher Buckley offers consolation, wit, and warmth to those coping with the death of a parent, while telling a unique personal story of life with legends.
 

About Christopher Buckley

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Christopher Buckley, "the quintessential political novelist of his time" according to Fortune magazine, is the winner of the distinguished ninth annual Thurber Prize for American Humor. Tom Wolfe has described him as "one of the funniest writers in the English language." Buckley is the author of twelve books, many of them national bestsellers, including Thank You For Smoking, God Is My Broker, No Way To Treat A First Lady, Florence of Arabia, and the memoir Losing Mum and Pup.
 
Published April 22, 2009 by Twelve. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Self Help, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In its moments of real ambivalence, this loving and funny filial memoir of Bill and Pat Buckley is surprisingly strong drink.

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In this memoir of William F. and Patricia Taylor Buckley, the younger Mr. Buckley recalls how he lost both his parents within the space of a year and lived to reel off bon mots about it.

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In its moments of real ambivalence, this loving and funny filial memoir of Bill and Pat Buckley is surprisingly strong drink.

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At the end of his memoir about the deaths of his parents, Losing Mum and Pup, Christopher Buckley writes a "postlude" in which he says that he suspects he began writing the book "to enable catharsis," but having finished, he now feels it was more "out of a basic need," a need to keep the loved on...

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Christopher Buckley may be best known as a satirist, but the humor in his latest book is of a more personal — and sometimes sadder — nature. Losing Mum and Pup is a memoir of his famous parents, Bill and Pat Buckley, who died within a year of each other in 2007 and 2008.

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When asked, back in 1965, what he would do if elected mayor of New York City, WFB answered, “Demand a recount!”WFB was to say that “Despair is a mortal sin;” and also that, “I believe in neither permanent victories nor permanent defeats.” Perhaps this is why his son crafted this book of memorie...

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Book Reporter

The writers of said reviews thought Buckley was disrespecting the memories of his parents by the way he wrote this memoir.

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The Washington Post

and that Buckley's extraordinary speed in writing, in contrast with the son's hard labor, once led Christopher to gaze upon "the .22-caliber rifle mounted on the wall, wondering if I could get the barrel in my mouth and pull the trigger with my big toe."

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

But as the book opens, six months as an invalid, along with "sixty-five years of smoking," have left her considerably less than that: "The chic and stunning Mrs. Buckley lay on her bed, shrunken, eyes open and unseeing, a thick plastic respirator tube protruding from her mouth, making a loud, r...

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Tampa Bay Times

“Mum and Pup,” Patricia Taylor Buckley and her husband, William F.

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People

Buckley and wife Pat were a prominent Manhattan couple—he, the acerbic founder of National Review;

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Bookmarks Magazine

But readers who knew the Buckleys, even if it was only through William’s writing, found parts of the memoir to be petty and unfair, though most still enjoyed the book as a whole.

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