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The Stuff of Life: A Daughter's Memoir
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA
Publication date September 1, 2003
Pages 256
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781582341835
ISBN-10 1582341834
Dimensions 1.25 by 6 by 8.75 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $24.95
§As reported by publisher
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Summary
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.
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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.



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from Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA (September 1, 2003)
9781582341835 | details & prices | 256 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.04 lbs | List price $24.95
About: 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.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA (October 31, 2004)
9781582344454 | details & prices | 280 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $14.95
About: A fascinating 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 card-caring member of the NRA, after he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

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