The Cost of Hope by Amanda Bennett

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14 Critic Reviews

A moving, beautifully written chronicle of true love and a clarion call for health-care reform.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

From Pulitzer Prize winner Amanda Bennett comes a moving, eye-opening, and beautifully written memoir—a love story of two unusual people, their complex marriage and deep devotion, and finally, Bennett’s quest to save her husband’s life.
 
When Wall Street Journal reporter Amanda Bennett meets the eccentric, infuriating, yet somehow irresistible Terence Bryan Foley while on assignment in China, the last thing she expects is to marry him. They are so different—classic and bohemian, bow ties and batik, quirky and sensible. But Terence is persistent. “You are going to be somebody,” he tells her. “You’re going to need somebody to take care of you.” Though initially as combative as their courtship, their marriage brings with it stormy passion, deep love and respect, two beloved children, and a life together over two decades. Then comes illness, and the fight to win a longer life for Terence.
 
The Cost of Hope chronicles the extraordinary measures Amanda and Terence take to preserve not only Terence’s life but also the life of their family. After his death, Bennett uses her skills as a veteran investigative reporter to determine the cost of their mission of hope. What she discovers raises important questions many people face, and vital issues about the intricacies of America’s healthcare system.
 
Rich in humor, insight, and candor, The Cost of Hope is an unforgettable memoir, an inspiring personal story that sheds light on one of the most important turning points in life.


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About Amanda Bennett

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Amanda Bennett is an executive editor at Bloomberg News, directing special projects and investigations, and was the co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board. She formerly served as editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, editor of the Herald-Leader (Lexington, Kentucky), managing editor of The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), and Atlanta bureau chief (among numerous other posts) at The Wall Street Journal. In 1997, Bennett shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting with her Journal colleagues, and in 2001 she led an Oregonian team to a Pulitzer for public service. Her previous books include In Memoriam (1997, with Terence B. Foley), The Man Who Stayed Behind (1993, with Sidney Rittenberg), and The Death of the Organization Man (1990).
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Random House. 241 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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All: 14 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 01 2012

A moving, beautifully written chronicle of true love and a clarion call for health-care reform.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by CATHI HANAUER on Jul 20 2012

...she vividly presents the startling price and the occasional payoffs of hope, which buys us, at best, the simple “dailiness of our lives.”

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Wall Street Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by LAURA LANDRO on May 21 2012

...weaves a memoir of a volatile but loving marriage with the tale of a daunting journey through the cancer-treatment system.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Carolyn See on Jul 26 2012

The narrative focuses on the progress of Foley’s illness and is set against the larger backstory of how much his treatment cost — i.e., the cost of “hope” that he might recover to live a long and happy life.

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The Boston Globe

Excellent
Reviewed by Suzanne Koven on Jun 11 2012

Bennett has written a deeply felt memoir wrapped in a rather half-hearted discourse on the economics of health care. Ignore the wrapper — and savor its rich contents.

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Oregon Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Debra Gwartney on Jul 14 2012

The real strength of the story lies in the descriptions of the wild swings between tenderness and ferocity while clinging to whatever hope remains.

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Philly.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Rachel Hadas on Jun 04 2012

It is a puzzled, loving picture of a very human response to illness.

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Biographile

Excellent
Reviewed by Annasue McCleave Wilson on May 15 2012

Her memoir chronicles their passionate and complex relationship through twenty years of working, marriage, the birth of two beloved children, and Foley’s tragic battle with kidney cancer.

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Bermuda Onion's Weblog

Good
Reviewed by Kathy on Sep 25 2012

At it’s heart, it’s a rather melancholy story, yet I found it fascinating.

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Frogen Yozurt

Good
Reviewed by Editor on Jul 21 2012

Rich in humor, insight, and candor, The Cost of Hope is an unforgettable memoir, an inspiring personal story that sheds light on one of the most important turning points in life.

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Gates Notes

Good
Reviewed by Bill Gates on Aug 28 2012

What makes this memoir interesting is that there are not many books where the author speaks first-hand about the administration of our health care system or gives real life explanations to the current cost crisis.

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IPL Staff Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Sue on Oct 14 2012

By reading this book you will get an education about illness and health care in this country.

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FT's Books

Below average
Reviewed by Francoise on Aug 23 2012

It’s a bit of a strange mix, and it did not work for me, although I very much enjoyed the personal story, of a delightfully eccentric man, a challenging marriage, and family routines that get reinvented over and over.

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Views from the Countryside

Good
Reviewed by Barbara on Jun 08 2012

I was engrossed in this book from page one to the end. I greatly admire her strength, her adaptability in the face of countless problems that would flatten many people, and her journalistic abilities.

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