Making Toast: A Family Story


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$12.99  $11.95
Ecco Press
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5.6 X 8.22 X 0.48 inches | 0.39 pounds

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About the Author

Winner of a Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize, a Peabody Award, an Emmy, and two Polk awards, ROGER ROSENBLATT is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Cold Moon and Making Toast. A former essayist for for Time magazine and for PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, he launched his podcast Word for Word with Roger Rosenblatt in 2018 and Write America, a national weekly broadcast reading series about healing the nation's divides, in 2021. He lives in Manhattan and Quogue, Long Island.


"Sad but somehow triumphant, this memoir is a celebration of family, and of how, even in the deepest sorrow, we can discover new links of love and the will to go on."--O, The Oprah Magazine
"[A] gem of a memoir... sad, funny, brave and luminous....[a] rare and generous book."--Los Angeles Times
"A must read for all....By no means treacly with sentiment, the book takes us through the ordinary along with the extra-ordinary events in the life of this family as they struggle to regain their center and go on with their
"Rosenblatt...sets a perfect tone and finds the right words to describe how his family is coming with their grief... It may seem odd to call a book about such a tragic event charming, but it is. There is indeed life-after death, and Rosenblatt proves that without a doubt."--USA Today
"[A] piercing account of broken hearts [that] records how love, hurt, and responsibility can, through antic wit and tenderness, turn a shattered household into a luminous new-made family."--Cynthia Ozick
"Written so forthrightly, but so delicately, that you feel you're a part of this family... How lucky some of us are to see clearly what needs to be done, even in the saddest, most life-altering circumstances."--Ann Beattie
"There are circumstances in which prose is poetry, and the unornamented candor of Rosenblatt's writing slowly attains to a sober sort of lyricism...This is more than just a moving book. It is also a useful book....[Rosenblatt's] toast is buttered with wisdom. "--Leon Wieseltier, The New Republic
"[MAKING TOAST] is about coping with grief, caring for children and creating an ad hoc family for as long as this particular configuration is required, but mostly it's a textbook on what constitutes perfect writing and how to be a class act."--Carolyn See, The Washington Post
"Rosenblatt avoids the sentimentality that might have weighed down [Making Toast]; he writes with humor and an engagement with life that makes the occasional flashes of grief all the more telling. The result is a beautiful account of human loss, measured by the steady effort to fill in the void.--Publishers Weekly
"Hauntingly lovely."--Christian Science Monitor
"A painfully beautiful memoir telling how grandparents are made over into parents, how people die out of order, how time goes backwards. Written with such restraint as to be both heartbreaking and instructive."--E.L. Doctorow
"[An] exquisite, restrained little memoir filled with both hurt and humor."--NPR's All Things Considered
Roger Rosenblatt means, I believe, to teach patience, love, a fondness for the quotidian, and a deftness for saving the lost moment--when faced with lacerating loss. These are brilliant lessons, fiercely-learned. But Rosenblatt comes to them and to us--suitably--with immense humility.--Richard Ford