The Best of Us

The Best of Us

A Memoir

Large Print - 2018
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"In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn't mind the mess she made in the kitchen. Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, Joyce resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the nineteen months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple--'to be a true partner and to have one.' This is their story. Charting the course through their whirlwind romance, a marriage cut short by tragedy, and Joyce's return to living alone on new terms, The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss."--Jacket.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432847418
Branch Call Number: LP B MAY
Characteristics: 661 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
large print (16 point)


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Sep 26, 2019

Beautifully written, a poignant, soulful and honest recount, detailing the meeting, then falling in love, then the excruciatingly painful experience of the loss of a beloved partner.
This author is one of my favourites- she has a wry sense of humour and manages to weave hope and faith and the joy of living for the moment into -and despite the gut wrenching decisions one must make when faced with certain demise.
My thoughts at the end could not help but question (probably influenced by the fact that I lost my father to pancreatic cancer) - what about those less privileged - who could not afford to travel the country in search of better care or alternative treatment?
And- would it matter in the end anyway?
A thought provoking 4.5 stars.

ArapahoeJane Jul 26, 2017

This book will stay in my mind for a long time. If you're looking for a good, tragic, true love story, this would be it.

If you're looking for a book to put your own life in perspective, this would be a good one. I, for one, now know that I have NO problems of any magnitude. It's nice to be reminded of that. Although blessed with far more financial resources than anyone I know, in the end, that didn't make any difference. What everyone of any level of means will be able to relate to is love and loss.

Amazingly, it's both a somber book and one that astonished me. This couple did more traveling and activities with one spouse diagnosed with pancreatic cancer than I think I do in full health. Against all odds, they really lived and loved every day of their life together. Remarkable.


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