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The Futilitarians : our year of thinking, drinking, grieving, and reading / Anne Gisleson.

Gisleson, Anne, (author.).
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  • 7 of 7 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Jackson Co PL - Seymour Main Library B GISLESON, ANNE (Text) 37500004459091 Biographies Available -
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Plainfield-Guilford Twp PL - Plainfield 921 Gisleson (Text) 31208912543172 non-fiction Available -
Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial B GISLESON, ANNE GISLESON (Text) 33946003267866 Biographies . End of Nonfiction section . 2nd Floor Available -

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  • ISBN: 0316393908
  • ISBN: 9780316393904
  • Physical Description: 260 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2017]

Content descriptions

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-260).
Formatted Contents Note:
January: All is vanity -- February: World of stone -- March: The belly of the whale -- April: The last suffer; or, The way of the crisis (Via Dolorosa) -- May: The dark wood -- June: Voices over water -- July: The least dead among all of us -- August: The metaphysical hangover -- September: The walled city -- October: The unwalled city -- November: Nineveh -- December: Sharing bread -- New Year's Eve: Tanks versus chickens.
Summary, etc.:
Anne Gisleson had lost her twin sisters, been forced to flee her home during Hurricane Katrina, and witnessed cancer take her beloved father. Before she met her husband, Brad, he had suffered his own trauma, losing his partner -- the mother of his son -- to cancer in her early thirties. 'How do we keep moving forward, ' Anne asks, 'amid all this loss and threat?' The answer: 'We do it together.' Anne and Brad, in the midst of forging their happiness, found that their friends had been suffering their own losses and crises as well: loved ones gone, rocky marriages, tricky child-rearing, jobs lost or gained, financial insecurities or unexpected windfalls. Together these resilient New Orleanians formed what they called the Existential Crisis Reading Group, which they jokingly dubbed 'the Futilitarians.' From Epicurus to Tolstoy, from Cheever to Amis to Lispector, each month they read and talked about identity, parenting, love, mortality and life in post-Katrina New Orleans. In the year after her father's death, these living-room gatherings provided a sustenance Anne craved, fortifying her and helping her blaze a trail out of her well-worn grief. More than that, this fellowship allowed her finally to commune with her sisters on the page, and to tell the story of her family that had remained long untold.
Subject: Gisleson, Anne.
Grief > Biography.
Loss (Psychology) > Biography.
Book clubs (Discussion groups) > Louisiana > New Orleans.
Books and reading > Psychological aspects.
Books and reading > Social aspects.
Bibliotherapy.
New Orleans (La.) > Biography.
LITERARY CRITICISM > Books & Reading.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY > Personal Memoirs.
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS > Death, Grief, Bereavement.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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