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The Still Point of the Turning World Paperback – 11 Apr 2013

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Two Roads (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444775952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444775952
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,673,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A radiant book steeped in deep feelings. (Los Angeles Times)

Rapp has written a beautiful and passionate elegy for her son, a book that offers deep wisdom for any reader. (The Boston Globe)

A brilliant study of the wages of mortal love. (The New York Times)

A beautiful, searing exploration of the landscape of grief and a profound meditation on the meaning of life. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

Unflinching and unsentimental, Rapp's work lends a useful, compassionate, healing message for suffering parents and caregivers. (Publishers Weekly (Starred Review))

Rapp has an emotional accessibility reminiscent of Wild author Cheryl Strayed; her unique experiences have a touch of the universal. She comes across as open, midthought. In her book, she wrestles with the ideas of luck and sentimentality and life and love and often circles back, unresolved. Despite being a former divinity student, she bypasses religion for literature, seeking meaning in poetry, myth and, especially, Frankenstein and its author, Mary Shelley... Her kind of parent? The dragon mother: powerful, sometimes terrifying, full of fire and magic. (Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times, 'Faces to Watch in 2013')

Emily Rapp has written an intimate, compelling and often unexpectedly funny story that speaks to some of the most universal truths of being human. More than just a narrative, this is art, not to mention essential reading. (Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story)

It's hard to find words that do justice to Emily Rapp's The Still Point of the Turning World. It's one of those rare books that you want to press into people's hands and simply say, "You must read this. You will thank me." At every turn, Rapp avoids the maudlin and the expected to get at very deep truths, sometimes painful and sometimes liberating and sometimes both. She looks for wisdom and comfort to a wide range of sources ranging from C.S. Lewis to Marilynne Robinson to Buddhist teaching. And she looks to her son. This is one family's story of living while facing death, but also an astonishingly generous work about recognizing the pain and grace that exist all around us. (Will Schwalbe, bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club)

Emily Rapp didn't want to tell this story. She had to. That necessity is evident in every word of this intelligent, ferocious, grace-filled, gritty, astonishing starlight of a book. (Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of Wild)

Rapp writes with such radiant honesty and intelligence, pulling you close, making you care, teaching us to live in the moment-and love deeply. (Who Magazine)

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A New York Times bestseller, The Still Point of the Turning World is Emily Rapp's arresting eulogy for her late son Ronan: a mother's experience raising a terminally ill child, and what it teaches her about family, grief and parenting.

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