"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at it."
I just started reading, "The Cat's Pajamas," by Ray Bradbury. I've only read the introduction written by Ray and it made me sad. He talked about his wife's death and how his writing stopped for a while. Great that he got back into things eventually and finished with a flurry of activity.
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Someday I will work up courage to read The Year of Magical Thinking, in which Joan Didion describes her personal journey following her husband's death. It is considered a masterpiece and must-read writing on coping with grief and loss.
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VERTIGO, by the acclaimed suspense writing team of Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac. The novel was originally published in France in 1954 as D'ENTRE LES MORTS, and was the basis for the brilliant Alfred Hitchcock film VERTIGO.
NEWS OF THE WORLD, by Paulette Jiles, an excellent novel that was made into a critically acclaimed film starring Tom Hanks. Interestingly, in the author's acknowledgments page, Ms. Jiles expresses her gratitude to her editor, Jennifer Brehl, who was also Ray Bradbury's editor during his days with the publisher William Morrow.
ROBERT B. PARKER'S PAYBACK, by Mike Lupica. I have read all of Robert Parker's mystery novels. They were like potato chips...once I started, I couldn't stop. After Robert Parker died in 2010, other writers were recruited to continue writing novels featuring the characters he created. PAYBACK features Parker's private investigator character, Sunny Randall. At one point in the book, Ms. Randall enters an apartment whose door was unlocked, begins to look around, and thinks to herself:
"I could hear my own breathing now. Something wrong here, I told myself. Something wicked this way comes. Who'd written that? Wait. I knew that one. Ray Bradbury."
I decided to find a thriller like book and came across "A MIRROR ABOVE THE ABYSS". I find it very intriguing, though I'm not really a history fan. You can find more about it here:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B094NMRWPJ
The Legendary Herman "Jackrabbit" Smith-Johannsen, by Daughter Alice E. Smith (312 pg. biography, 1993).
Jackrabbit Johannsen (1875-1987) believed, like Ray Bardbury, in living forever! His early life had hard work and then more hard work. So, the rest of his life, he did the same in the activities he loved the most, all related to Nordic Skiing, travels, and friendships. He was an amazing man who overcame the difficulties of WW I & II to become know as the person who introduced cross-country skiing in America and Canada.
A quick read of main biographic points in the following link may gain your interest to take in the short video that is also offered below: