Losing Mum and Pup

A Memoir

By Christopher Buckley; Christopher Buckley (Read by)
(Grand Central Publishing, Compact Disc, 9781600246838)

Publication Date: May 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover

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“If I'd been told I'd be waxing nostalgic over William F. Buckley and Henry Kissinger, I'd have scoffed, to say the least. Then I read Christopher Buckley's poignant, witty, hilarious, historically engrossing, honest memoir of losing both of his parents within a year. Anyone who appreciates brilliant writing, or the vagaries of family ties, or both, will want to read his story.”
-- Cheryl McKeon, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA


Description

In twelve months between 2007 and 2008, Christopher Buckley coped with the passing of his father, William F. Buckley, the father of the modern conservative movement, and his mother, Patricia Taylor Buckley, one of New York's most glamorous and colorful socialites. He was their only child and their relationship was close and complicated. Writes Buckley: "They were not - with respect to every other set of loving, wonderful parents in the world - your typical mom and dad."


As Buckley tells the story of their final year together, he takes listners on a surprisingly entertaining tour through hospitals, funeral homes, and memorial services, capturing the heartbreaking and disorienting feeling of becoming a 55-year-old orphan. Buckley maintains his sense of humor by recalling the words of Oscar Wilde: "To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness."


Just as Calvin Trillin and Joan Didion gave solace and insight into the experience of losing a spouse, Christopher Buckley offers consolation, wit, and warmth to those coping with the death of a parent, while telling a unique personal story of life with legends.




About the Author

Christopher Buckley is the author of fourteen books, including Supreme Courtship, Boomsday, and Thank You For Smoking. He is editor-at-large of ForbesLife magazine, and was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor and the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence. He lives on the Acela train between Washington, D.C. and New York City.




Praise For Losing Mum and Pup

"One of the funniest writers in the English language."—Tom Wolfe

"One of the rarest political specimens-- the authentically comic writer."—Boston Globe

"An accomplished comic novelist and raucously funny political satirist."—Sunday Times of London

"The quinessential political novelist of our time."—Fortune

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