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Twelve Breaths a Minute

End of Life Essays

Lee Gutkind (Editor), Francine Prose (Introduction by), Karen Wolk Feinstein (Foreword by)


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Twelve Breaths a Minute—the latest collaboration between SMU Press and the Creative Nonfiction Foundation, with the support of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation—features twenty-three original, compelling personal narratives that examine the way we as a society care for the dying. Here a poet, a former hospice worker, reflects on death’s mysteries; a son wanders the halls of his mother’s nursing home, lost in the small absurdities of the place; a grief counselor struggles with losing his own grandfather; a medical intern traces the origins of time and the quality of our final days; a mother anguishes over her decision to turn off her daughter’s life support and allow her organs to be harvested; and an emergency dispatcher tries to quantify what a stranger’s death should mean.  

Southern Methodist University Press, 9780870745713, 240pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2011

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