The Things That Need Doing by Sean Manning
A Memoir

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“You keep fighting, okay?” I whispered. “We’re in this together. You and me. You’re not alone. You hear me? You are not alone.

5:38 p.m. It was the precise moment Sean Manning was born and the time each year that his mother wished him happy birthday. But just before he turned twenty-seven, their tradition collapsed. A heart attack landed his mom in the hospital and uprooted Manning from his life in New York. What followed was a testament to a family’s indestructible bond—a life-changing odyssey that broke a boy and made a man—captured here in Manning’s indelible memoir.

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About Sean Manning

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SEAN MANNING is the editor of The Show I’ll Never Forget: 50 Writers Relive Their Most Memorable Concertgoing Experience. His writing has appeared in New York Press, The Brooklyn Rail, and BlackBook.
Published December 28, 2010 by Broadway Books. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Manning punctuates the main narrative with stories about his family, his own life as a writer and caterer in New York and the Cleveland sports teams—the Cavaliers, Indians and Browns—that helped him “differentiate one day from the next.” Moments of levity are few, however, and the story moves unr...

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after more than a year of dealing with too many infections, complications and necessary but invasive procedures for one human body to handle, Manning's mother quietly slipped away.

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Time Out Chicago

Manning puddle-jumps the narrative between the time of his mother’s illness (aided by entries from his aunt’s journal), and his own boyhood, steeped in the perpetual failure of Cleveland sports fandom.

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