This was the Amazon editors' first week in our new building. We have been settling into our spaces, trying to find room for all of our books, trying to locate the bathrooms and kitchenettes. While we have been immersed in our move (and our books), the book world has been very active. Here's some of what's been happening this week.
The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After by Julie Yip-Williams - Jenna Bush Hager's second Today Show book club pick was announced this week. Here she is announcing it on the show. The book is absolutely beautiful--yes, it's sad; but even more so it is uplifting and encouraging. We selected it as a Best of the Month pick when it was published in February. Can I just say Jenna Bush Hager has good taste? Below is Amazon's Best of the Month review for The Unwinding of the Miracle:
"Julie Yip-Williams’ memoir speaks to one of our greatest fears, that we would be diagnosed with a terminal disease, and to our greatest hope, which is that we could face life straight on, fully, without squinting, and live each day with honesty, ambition, and true feeling. She was born ethnic Chinese in Vietnam. As a young child, she had cataracts that rendered her nearly blind—her grandmother felt she would be a burden to the family and tried to have an herbalist end her life. When the family fled for the U.S., she was able to get corrective eye surgery in California. Still, she was declared legally blind due to poor vision. She earned her way into Williams College, attended Harvard Law School, married, and settled in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. Then at 37, she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. For five years, she dealt with the disease, took care of her family, prepared them and herself for the future, and sought understanding by writing about it. There is hope, anger, fear, reflection, immersion in the everyday, and joy reflected in this book. The Unwinding of the Miracle seeks to express the truth about what it is like to face death--and to face life--and it succeeds masterfully. --Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review"
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