book cover of They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson

They Left Us Everything

Plum Johnson
Rated by
Hannah Jane C.
Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017

​They Left Us Everything is an emotional journey through Plum Johnson's grief and search for self after losing her parents and childhood home. After almost twenty years spent caring for her aging parents, Alex and Virginia, Plum is both liberated and burdened by their deaths, which happen just a mere three years apart. Though Plum loses them, and the loss is enormous, she finds them again through their belongings as she clears out their house, her childhood home, and prepares to sell it.

Hand with red string tied around finger

The Reminders

Val Emmich
Rated by
Catherine G.
Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017

The Reminders is a story about loss, friendship, and recovery. It’s told in the alternating perspectives of Gavin, a man in his late thirties whose partner has recently died; and Joan, a 10 year old girl whose parents are old college friends of Gavin's.


The Babadook (DVD)

Jennifer Kent
Rated by
Sheida B.
Friday, Oct 27, 2017

I admit that I watched this movie because of Essie Davis: our very own Miss Fisher. And I found her performance quite memorable in The Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Friday, May 5, 2017

In July of 2007, Catherine Tidd lost her husband, Brad, in an accident and suddenly found herself a 31-year-old widow with three small children. In Confessions of a Mediocre Widow, Tidd chronicles her experience with sudden widowhood and the journey of self-discovery her husband's loss prompted.

The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes

Anna McPartlin
Rated by
Debbie F.
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017

Mia, "Rabbit", Hayes is a fighter and the very heart of her adoring family. But so is the cancer slowly taking over her body. Rabbit, however, refuses to acknowledge that her diagnosis has just rapidly plummeted or share the news with her 12 year old daughter, Juliet. Neither of them is ready to say goodbye. Rabbit's family is amazing, particularly her strong tough Irish "Mammy" Molly, who fights like a tiger for her daughter's life. Rabbit's father, Jack, and her siblings, Grace and Davey, are believably drawn characters.

A young boy huddled beside a tree as a monstrous tree like hand reaches down for him.

A Monster Calls

Patrick Ness
Rated by
Axel F.
Thursday, Jan 12, 2017

Conor is struggling with difficulties at school, his mother’s worsening illness, and a recurring nightmare. To top it all off, he now finds himself face-to-face with a monster. This monster, who claims to be an ancient wild thing, has come to share three stories with Conor. Conner must then share a story of his own, one that is true and exposes a part of himself he is afraid to face.

Thin Ice

Irene Hannon
Rated by
Lisa J.
Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016

Christy Reed has had a difficult year. First she lost both of her parents in a car wreck, then just a few months later her sister Ginny dies in a house fire. Just as Christy is starting to pull herself out of her grieving and begins to accept that she is alone in the world, an envelope arrives in the mail. The envelope is addressed in Ginny’s handwriting and is postmarked just a few days ago. What is going on, and where is Ginny?

Good Words: Memorializing Through a Eulogy

Beth L. Hewett
Rated by
Helen H.
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015

"Once we're born, the only other certainty of life is that one day we and all of our loved ones die." - Beth L. Hewett

Close up of a woman whispering in a man's ear

How To Talk To a Widower

Jonathan Tropper
Rated by
Helen H.
Friday, Jan 17, 2014

Poor Doug Parker. At 29, he’s living a life he never anticipated. And it's great. Surprisingly great. Great, until his wife Haley goes off and dies, leaving him alone to deal with his 16-year-old stepson, Haley's beefed-up ex-husband, and a crushing sadness that prevents him from really living.

Cover of the book Wild, with a picture of a worn hiking boot.


Strayed, Cheryl
Rated by
Leslie N.
Monday, Oct 7, 2013

This is a true account of an impulsive twenty-something woman who chooses to hike the grueling Pacific Coast Trail as a way to stop herself from self-destruction. She has not had an easy life, being raised by a single mother in poverty, but she is in college and in love when her mother succumbs to cancer. Thus starts a spiral of addiction and out of control behavior that is shocking and life threatening.