Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted

Suleika Jaouad (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$28.00  $25.76
Publisher
Random House
Publish Date
February 09, 2021
Pages
368
Dimensions
6.1 X 9.4 X 1.5 inches | 1.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780399588587

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About the Author

Suleika Jaouad wrote the Emmy Award-winning New York Times column Life, Interrupted. Her essays and feature stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine and Vogue and on NPR. She is also the creator of the Isolation Journals, a global project cultivating creativity and community during challenging times. Between Two Kingdoms is her first book.

Reviews

"Here is the key to Between Two Kingdoms--Jaouad's disarming honesty. There is no self-pity in this telling and few of the expected pieties . . . Jaouad is writing about a process, a back-and-forth. In the tension between health and sickness, past and present, a new balance must be forged."--Los Angeles Times

"Jaouad's book stands out not only because she has lived to parse the saga of her medical battle with the benefit of hindsight, but also because it encompasses the less familiar tale of what it's like to survive and have to figure out how to live again."--NPR

"I was immersed for the whole ride and would follow Jaouad anywhere. Her sensory snapshots remain in my mind long after reading . . . Not only can Jaouad tolerate the unbearable feelings, she can reshape them into poetry . . . Her writing restores the moon, lights the way as we learn to endure the unknown."--Chanel Miller, The New York Times Book Review

"Beautifully crafted . . . affecting . . . a transformative read . . . Jaouad's insights about the self, connectedness, uncertainty and time speak to all of us, not only readers who've faced a life-changing--and potentially life-ending--diagnosis. . . . The timing of this memoir is just right."--The Washington Post

"When the life we had is snatched away, how do we find the conviction to live another? Between Two Kingdoms will resonate with anyone who is living a different life than they planned to live. This is a propulsive, soulful story of mourning and gratitude--and an intimate portrait of one woman's sojourn in the wilderness between life and death."--Tara Westover, author of Educated

"A beautiful, elegant, and heartbreaking book that provides a glimpse into the kingdom of illness . . . Suleika Jaouad avoids sentimentality but manages to convey the depth of the emotional turmoil that illness can bring into our lives."--Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies

"In a book bubbling with ambition and impeccable skill, it is what Suleika Jaouad does with courage and secondary characters that is simply once in a generation. Between Two Kingdoms mended parts I thought were forever disintegrated."--Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

This is a deeply moving and passionate work of art, quite unlike anything I've ever read. I will remember these stories for years to come, because Suleika Jaouad has imprinted them on my heart."--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love

"Jaouad does a beautiful job of writing from this place of 'dual citizenship, ' where she finds pain but also joy, kinship, and possibility."--Library Journal (starred review)

"Memorable, lyrical, and ultimately hopeful: a book that speaks intently to anyone who suffers from illness and loss."--Kirkus Reviews

"Boldly candid and truly memorable."--Booklist (starred review)

"This is a stunning memoir, well-crafted and hard to put down."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)