Stuff Of Life, The

Stuff Of Life, The

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Baker & Taylor
A fascinating portrait of a father-daughter relationship explains how the author, a freelance writer and reluctant caregiver, set out to take care for her father, a retired industrial designer and card-caring member of the NRA, after he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. 20,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

As a generation of baby boomers faces the aging of their parents, Karen Karbo's resonant new memoir tells the intimate story of one stoic father and wiseacre grown-up daughter navigating the last months of his life.

When Karen Karbo's father, a charming, taciturn Clint Eastwood type who lives in a triple-wide in the Nevada desert, is diagnosed with lung cancer, his only daughter rises to the challenge of caring for him. Neither of them is exactly cut out for the job. Karen is a Doc Marten-sporting freelance writer who lives in Portland, Oregon, the primary breadwinner for a slightly chaotic blended family of five, who has always steered clear of the "helping professions." Dick Karbo, a retired industrial designer and card-carrying member of the NRA, is an equally reluctant patient. As Dick's disease progresses, Karen finds herself sometimes the responsible adult, sometimes a stubborn teenager all over again, by turns grief-stricken, rebellious, and amused by the grim ironies of the situation. In the end what father and daughter discover more than anything is the love and the toughness that makes them alike.

Sensitive and ruefully funny, The Stuff of Life invites you into a family as complicated and real as your own, capturing a moment filled with all the sadness and warmth of adult life.



Blackwell North Amer
When Karen Karbo's father is diagnosed with lung cancer, his only daughter rises to the challenge of caring for him. Neither of them is exactly cut out for the job. Karen is a freelance writer who lives in Portland, Oregon, the primary breadwinner for a slightly chaotic blended family of five, and has always steered clear of the "helping professions." Dick Karbo, her Greatest Generation dad, is an equally reluctant patient. A card-carrying NRA member and pack-a-day smoker who lives in a triple-wide in the Nevada desert, he has never liked hospitals or outpourings of emotion, and he has only just buried his beloved second wife.
As Dick's disease progresses, Karen finds herself sometimes the responsible adult, sometimes a stubborn teenager all over again. Frank and acutely observant, she notes with candor and perception the dynamics of a family in which the roles are shifting, in which her own new responsibility sometimes just makes her want to flee. But what father and daughter discover more than anything, in these last few months together, is the love and the toughness that makes them alike.

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A portrait of a father-daughter relationship explains how the author, a freelance writer and reluctant caregiver, set out to take care of her father, a retired industrial designer and NRA member, after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Publisher: Bloomsbury, 2003
ISBN: 9781582341835
1582341834
Characteristics: 280 ; cm

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