Things I've Learned from Dying

Things I've Learned from Dying

A Book About Life

“Every life is different, but every death is the same. We live with others. We die alone.”

In his riveting, artfully written memoir The Autobiography of an Execution, David Dow enraptured readers with a searing and frank exploration of his work defending inmates on death row. But when Dow’s father-in-law receives his own death sentence in the form of terminal cancer, and his gentle dog Winona suffers acute liver failure, the author is forced to reconcile with death in a far more personal way, both as a son and as a father.

Told through the disparate lenses of the legal battles he’s spent a career fighting, and the intimate confrontations with death each family faces at home, THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM DYING offers a poignant and lyrical account of how illness and loss can ravage a family. Full of grace and intelligence, Dow offers readers hope without cliché and reaffirms our basic human needs for acceptance and love by giving voice to the anguish we all face–as parents, as children, as partners, as friends–when our loved ones die tragically, and far too soon.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

On Sale: January 7th 2014

Price: $24.98

ISBN-13: 9781478925309

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Edition: Unabridged

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Praise

PRAISE FOR THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EXECUTION

"David Dow's extraordinary memoir lifts the veil on the real world of representing defendants on death row. It will stay with me a long time."

Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine
"Powerful . . . a brilliant, heartrending book."—New York Times Book Review
"His prose is captivating."—Christian Science Monitor
"Chilling . . . authentic and heartfelt . . . He will transfix you."—Los Angeles Times
"A riveting and compelling account of a Texas execution written and narrated by a lawyer in the thick of the last minute chaos. It should be read by all those who support state sponsored killing."—John Grisham, author of The Innocent Man