Until I Say Good-Bye by Susan Spencer-Wendel
My Year of Living with Joy

88%

5 Critic Reviews

If the book has chimed with people around the world, it may well be because it is less a memoir about dying – though it doesn't shirk from either the emotion or the messiness of that – than a template for life.
-Guardian

Synopsis

Susan Spencer-Wendel’s Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy is a moving and inspirational memoir by a woman who makes the most of her final days after discovering she has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

After Spencer-Wendel, a celebrated journalist at the Palm Beach Post, learns of her diagnosis of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, she embarks on several adventures, traveling toseveral countries and sharing special experiences with loved ones. One trip takes Spencer-Wendel and her fourteen-year-old daughter, Marina, to New York City’s Kleinfeld’s Bridal to shop for Marina’s future wedding dress—an occasion that Susan knows she will never see.

Co-written with Bret Witter, Until I Say Good-Bye is Spencer-Wendel’s account of living a full life with humor, courage, and love, but also accepting death with grace and dignity. It’s a celebration of life, a look into the face of death, and the effort we must make to show the people that we love and care about how very much they mean to us.

 

About Susan Spencer-Wendel

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A journalist for over twenty years, Susan Spencer-Wendel left her job as courts reporter for the Palm Beach Post when she was diagnosed with ALS. She has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Florida Press Club, and Florida Bar for her coverage of legal issues. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. She lives in Florida with her husband, John, and their three children, Marina, fourteen; Aubrey, eleven; and Wesley, eight.
 
Published March 12, 2013 by Harper. 385 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Religion & Spirituality, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Katie Hafner on Apr 08 2013

An experienced reporter, Ms. Spencer-Wendel has a fine eye for detail, which she uses to extraordinary effect.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Sabine Durrant on Mar 15 2013

If the book has chimed with people around the world, it may well be because it is less a memoir about dying – though it doesn't shirk from either the emotion or the messiness of that – than a template for life.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Feb 18 2013

There are certainly moments of heartbreak that she doesn't shy away from, such as when she goes shopping for bridal dresses with her teenaged daughter, knowing she'll miss any future wedding.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Gerard Henderson on Apr 05 2013

...this is not a book drowning in tears. It remains optimistic for the future, even if the author will not be there to see it.

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Zimbio

Good
Reviewed by joodls on Mar 13 2013

It’s a celebration of life, a look into the face of death, and the effort we must make to show the people that we love and care about how very much they mean to us.

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