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The Rules of Inheritance by [Smith, Claire Bidwell]
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"Gritty, poetic, and illuminating." -"O Magazine "


"A brilliant memoir." -BookReporter


"In "The Rules of Inheritance", Claire Bidwell Smith takes us on a heartbreaking journey into grief's deepest waters and then shows us how she found her way back to hope's shores. With courageous vulnerability and uncompromising authenticity, Smith demonstrates how she transformed tragic misfortune into a rite of passage." -Jillian Lauren, author of the "New York Times" bestselling memoir, "Some Girls: My Life in a Harem "


"Vivid, real and gripping." -"BlackBook Magazine"


"This beautiful memoir is about what we inherit-the love as well as the sorrow and loss that are an inevitable part of human connection. In lucid, unsentimental prose, Claire Bidwell Smith maps out the story of her abrupt and rocky coming-of-age with just the right amount of intimacy and distance. This book will stay with me." -Dani Shapiro, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Devotion"


"A searingly honest, poignant and poetic chronicle of love and loss, examining what it feels like to be 'nobody's most important person.'" -Susan Shapiro, author of" Lighting Up" and "Five Men Who Broke My Heart "

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"The Rules of Inheritance" is a graceful and gritty, and ultimately quite uplifting, exploration of grief. Smith writes gorgeously about the existential tug between life and death, hope and fear, honesty and escape that defined more than a decade of her young life. At once profoundly personal and exquisitely universal, this story will touch all of us, not just those of us who have faced similar losses." -Aidan Donnelly Rowley, author of "Life After Yes "


"A powerful, moving memoir of overcoming grief and loss." -"Booklist", Starred Review


"In this deeply reflective, anguished memoir, L.A. journalist and psychotherapist Smith revisits the staggered death of her two parents from cancer as steps in the process of grieving.Smith's prose possesses a blistering power, rendering this youthful memoir an affecting journey into loss." -"Publisher's Weekly "


"Claire Bidwell Smith has written a beautiful book; it's a perfectly crafted story -- not about grief, but how to walk out of grief with your soul intact; it's not a lamentation, but a lesson. "The Rules of Inheritance "should be required reading for anybody who's trying to get their arms around a big sadness." -Darin Strauss, Author of "Half a Life "


"Written in a fluid, arresting style that grabs the reader and won't let go, "The Rules of Inheritance" serves as a reminder that we are not only capable of descending to the depths of human experience, but that we can rise back up again. It's a great book." --James Frey, author of "A Million Little Pieces "


"Forget everything you think you know about grief. Smith's memoir is the most honest book I've ever read about how loss unmoors, challenges and changes you, written in prose so exquisite it could be poetry. Dazzlingly brave and absolutely true." -Caroline Leavitt, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Pictures of You "

"Gritty, poetic, and illuminating." --"O Magazine"


"A brilliant memoir." --BookReporter


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"Forget everything you think you know about grief. Smith's memoir is the most honest book I've ever read about how loss unmoors, challenges and changes you, written in prose so exquisite it could be poetry. Dazzlingly brave and absolutely true." Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name: "Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow: yes; mso-style-parent: ""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom: .0001pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: #0400; mso-fareast-language: #0400; mso-bidi-language: #0400;} --Caroline Leavitt, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Pictures of You"


"Gorgeously written, compulsively readable, and heartbreakingly true, "The Rules of Inheritance" is a small masterpiece of honesty. Anyone who's lost a parent will find themselves in this story. I couldn't stop reading it, and was sorry when it had to end." Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name: "Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow: yes; mso-style-parent: ""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom: .0001pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: #0400; mso-fareast-language: #0400; mso-bidi-language: #0400;} --Hope Edelman, author of "Motherless Daughters"



"Gritty, poetic, and illuminating." --"O Magazine "
"A brilliant memoir." --"BookReporter "
"A powerful, moving memoir of overcoming grief and loss." --"Booklist," Starred Review
"Vivid, real and gripping."--"Blackbook Magazine"
"Forget everything you think you know about grief. Smith's memoir is the most honest book I've ever read about how loss unmoors, challenges and changes you, written in prose so exquisite it could be poetry. Dazzlingly brave and absolutely true." --Caroline Leavitt, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Pictures of You"
"Gorgeously written, compulsively readable, and heartbreakingly true, "The Rules of Inheritance" is a small masterpiece of honesty. Anyone who's lost a parent will find themselves in this story. I couldn't stop reading it, and was sorry when it had to end." --Hope Edelman, author of "Motherless Daughters"

Gritty, poetic, and illuminating. "O Magazine "
A brilliant memoir. "BookReporter "
A powerful, moving memoir of overcoming grief and loss. "Booklist," Starred Review
Vivid, real and gripping. "Blackbook Magazine"
Forget everything you think you know about grief. Smith s memoir is the most honest book I've ever read about how loss unmoors, challenges and changes you, written in prose so exquisite it could be poetry. Dazzlingly brave and absolutely true. Caroline Leavitt, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Pictures of You"
Gorgeously written, compulsively readable, and heartbreakingly true, "The Rules of Inheritance" is a small masterpiece of honesty. Anyone who's lost a parent will find themselves in this story. I couldn't stop reading it, and was sorry when it had to end." Hope Edelman, author of "Motherless Daughters""

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A powerful and exhilarating story of life and loss.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3444 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; 1st edition (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EJJJJV4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #208,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I liked the structure of this; although the author moves about in time, I found it worked well, added to the idea of of memory. The narrator isn't self-pitying, which is quite a feat, as she's been through a lot.Very absorbing. My only criticism would be that it seemed distant
at times, but maybe that's the point.
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This is a beautifully written book. Having lost parents I found it very raw in places but it was such a good read. So many elements struck a real chord with me, and this I found reassuring. The story jumps in time, but I liked that about it.
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I was reluctant to read this after my mum died but my friend insisted it would help. I read the entire book in a wknd. I cried. It's heart wrenching.
some of the things she wrote made me feel relieved - that it was normal to think/feel that way.
It's the book I would recommend to anyone but particularly to a girl/woman who's lost their mum too young. It helped immeasurably.
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This is a brilliant book if you have experienced the loss (especially your mum) - It has put into words many of the feelings I haven't yet been able to acknowledge I'd even been feeling.
It's very honest, account of loss- grief and living on anyway. Well done Claire you are an inspiration .
My only criticism would be the amount if humping from past to present to future.
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Not what I expected. Jumps back and forth through the years of her parents illness. I think it helped author to heal and move on from her parents deaths by writing it down, but not if you are looking for help with bereavement, shows that we all have our own way of coping with death.
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I was drawn to this book through a common experience and I found the descriptions of how she dealt with her grief and the journey she went through unbelievably well written.
I finished it on the plane coming back from a weekend away and found myself sobbing all the way home.
Really amazing.
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this book is for anyone who has lost someone who means the world to them. the only thing which I didn't like was the constant going back and forth in time.
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Fantastic memoir with wonderful insight into grief. The details of the authors life as she tries to comes to terms with her parents deaths are riveting.
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