Dying: A Memoir

Dying: A Memoir

By Cory Taylor

  • Release Date: 2017-08-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 14 Ratings
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"Bracing and beautiful . . . Every human should read it." —The New York Times

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and 2017 Critics' Pick
One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2017

At the age of sixty, Cory Taylor is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. Her illness is no longer treatable: she now weighs less than her neighbor’s retriever. As her body weakens, she describes the experience—the vulnerability and strength, the courage and humility, the anger and acceptance—of knowing she will soon die.

Written in the space of a few weeks, in a tremendous creative surge, this powerful and beautiful memoir is a clear-eyed account of what dying teaches: Taylor describes the tangle of her feelings, remembers the lives and deaths of her parents, and examines why she would like to be able to choose the circumstances of her death.

Taylor’s last words offer a vocabulary for readers to speak about the most difficult thing any of us will face. And while Dying: A Memoir is a deeply affecting meditation on death, it is also a funny and wise tribute to life.


  • 3-stars

    By Bill1369
    Before buying, I had read several positive reviews of this book. I did not find the book all that great. The author's many insights and philosophies about dying are extremely well written. However, they are all in the first chapter and last few pages of the book. The dynamics of her family go on & on and are, frankly, boring.