The most heartwarming story in the press this week was published in the Washington Post, which featured the surviving spouses of Nina Riggs, author of The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying, and Paul Kalanithi, author of When Breath Becomes Air. Nina’s husband, John Duberstein, and Paul’s wife, Lucy Kalanithi, became friends when both were mourning their partners, and eventually the two fell in love. Bill Gates called When Breath Becomes Air “the best nonfiction story I’ve read in a long time.” Here at Amazon, the editors chose it as one of the Best Books of January 2016.
The Bright Hour was one of our Best Books of June 2017, and in our review, the Amazon Editors said, “To call a book so lovely and sad this year’s When Breath Becomes Air would not be inaccurate, but would not do it justice.” How wonderful that two such tragic narratives should at last come together to form a happy ending.
The New-York Historical Society announced that it will host the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic starting in October, just a month after the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of the first volume in the Harry Potter series. (As fans will know, that was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, originally published in the United Kingdom as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.)