Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt

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“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.”


About Roger Rosenblatt

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Roger Rosenblatt's essays for Time magazine and PBS have won two George Polk Awards, the Peabody, and the Emmy. He is the author of six Off-Broadway plays and fourteen books, including his guide to the art and craft of writing, Unless It Moves the Human Heart, and the national bestsellers Lapham Rising, Rules for Aging, and Children of War, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is currently the Distinguished Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook University.
Published January 30, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 180 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Though deeply wounded by tragedy, Amy’s family was financially fortunate—able to afford private schools, a child psychotherapist and a nanny 12 hours per day, five days per week, as well as a retreat to the elder Rosenblatts’ capacious and quiet summer home in Quogue.

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Book Reporter

Ours does not look very different from the others.” Though he relies on the usual markers of time --- Christmas, Fourth of July, the children’s birthdays and the first anniversary of Amy’s death --- Rosenblatt makes little effort to parse the blur of days, weeks and months, and thus his portrayal...

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The grocery list of how - feeding and dressing grandchildren, shuttling them to dance, sports and music lessons, playing with toys again - while personally restorative for the author, is too often unenlightening tedium for the reader.

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Christian Science Monitor

I recently unearthed a childhood photo album and spent some time flipping through it, gazing at half-forgotten faces and remembering random stories.

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USA Today

As Rosenblatt's friend and poet Billy Collins wrote in a letter, "Sometimes there are no words."Yet Rosenblatt, a best-selling author (Rules for Aging and Children of War), playwright and professor of English at Stony Brook University, sets a perfect tone and finds the right words to describe how...

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

On December 8, 2007, Roger Rosenblatt's 38-year-old daughter, Amy, collapsed while running on her treadmill in her Bethesda, Maryland, home.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Katie Ward Critical Summary Rosenblatt wrote his "hauntingly lovely memoir" (Christian Science Monitor) as a collection of journal-style entries--images, conversations, scenes, and moments of quiet contemplation, ranging from a few sentences to several pages--that encompass the 14 months fol...

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Rosenblatt tells his story anecdotally, and the moments he chooses go for the gut: a small boy lying on the floor playing dead, the way his mom seemed to be when he found her.

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But as veteran journalist and essayist Roger Rosenblatt reveals in Making Toast, a deeply affecting and unsparing memoir of moving in with his three grandchildren after his daughter's sudden death, sharing grief can double the chance of survival...Read more

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Arts Fuse

When Roger and his wife Ginny arrived in Maryland the day of Amy’s death and Jessica asked them how long they were staying, Grandpa Roger, who is known in the family as Boppo, replied without missing a beat, “Forever.” Although the book has been called luminous, wise, humble, piercing, and all s...

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Seven Ponds

In his 2010 memoir, Making Toast, Roger Rosenblatt paints a beautiful portrait of what it means to lose someone too soon.

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