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The Things That Need Doing

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The Things That Need Doing by Sean Manning
Dec 28, 2010 | ISBN 9780307463395

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“Sean Manning brings a delicate touch to the heaviest details of loss and grief: the late-night drives, the waiting-room magazines, the loneliness, the community. His story of his mother’s life and death manages to be both honest and inspirational–not to mention incredibly moving.”

-Rob Sheffield, author of Love is a Mix Tape

“The Things That Need Doing
is a marvelous and heartbreaking book. Manning leads us through the minefield of his mother’s illness with grace and tenderness. This is a stunning portrait not just of his brave and loving mother but of the current American system of sickness and death. This odyssey will engross and enchant you and ultimately leave you in tears.”

—Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead and Exit A

“At once a son’s cry of grief and an ode to the power of familial love, told in the kind
of detail that carries the reader into the story, into the hospital room, and into the
heart of this brave and beautiful book.”—Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion
“A beautiful portrait of hope and perseverance and the final mercy that even death
can sometimes be. Tender and funny and will move the most cynical of souls.”
—H. G. “Buzz” Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights

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