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So I finished my first book of the year, Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent by Anthony Rapp. For those of you know don't know, Anthony Rapp played Mark Cohen in both the original Broadway cast of Rent and the recent film adaptation of the play. I don't read a lot of non-fiction (okay that's actually not true as of late, but I haven't read a lot of memoirs), but I really loved the book. It wasn't terribly well written, like you could tell it was his first book, rather it was more like reading someone's journal. It was very raw and personal, and I have to say I don't think I've cried more during any other book. A let out a few tears during the chapter about Jonathan Larson's death, but the chapters about his mom's illness and death had me uncontrollably sobbing. The book really touched me on a very personal level, and I think gave me an outlet for some of the own pain and greif I feel in dealing with my parents' health issues. I wish I had an address where I could write to him, and I see that he's going to be in Fairfield on January 29th at Sacred Heart, and in Waterford on the 30th. I'm debating going. Anyway, I definitely recommend his book to others, especially those dealing with loss or fans of Rent, but I warn you to have a box of tissues nearby. Next on the list is Barak Obama's most recent book The Audacity of Hope. So far I'm on track to get at least 12 books in this year. Alright, time to go volunteer at the hospital. Later, skaterz.



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Jan. 14th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
Read that last year - I loved the part where he talked about the advice his friend gave him, saying that when a person dies, the relationship you had and the way they saw you is gone, so it's like a whole version of yourself has died, too.

I'm about a quarter of the way through The Medical Science of House, MD by Andrew Holtz. It's not so much about the specific cases (so far), but more about the way that doctors actually go about making diagnoses and interpreting tests and such. I've also got a book about the science of The X-Files on my list. :)
Jan. 15th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
So was it just me or were you bawling your eyes out, too?
Jan. 15th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
Absolutely. I tried to read it at work while the kids were napping one day and was this big sniffling mess.
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
Oh good. Well not *good*, but glad I'm not alone. :)
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