Never Stop Dancing: A Memoir

John Robinette (Author) Robert Jacoby (Author)
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Description

A story of grief, male friendship, and healing conversations.

"Be present," "cherish each day," "always say I love you." John Robinette lived those words. Or so he thought. Then his wife, Amy, was killed instantly in a pedestrian accident.

John's world shattered, and he began the grueling task of parenting two young boys in a house filled with vibrant, bittersweet memories. As the grief closed in around him, John's close friend, author Robert Jacoby, saw John struggling and proposed an unusual idea: to interview him over the course of the first year after Amy's death. Robert's hope was to meet John directly in his experience of sorrow, explore his grief with him, and discover what lessons might be learned.

Born of a year's worth of candid interviews, Never Stop Dancing avoids clichéd takeaways about grief and healing to chart a deeper, thornier examination of loss and regret. Robert and John are transformed through their shared experience, too, emerging strengthened and with an abiding male friendship that cuts against the grain of pop-culture trends of quick fixes and easy answers. This memoir-in-conversation provides hard-won reassurances that one can and does go on after loss.

Product Details

Price: $14.99  $13.79
Publisher: Inner Harbor House, LLC
Published Date: October 10, 2019
Pages: 246
Dimensions: 6.0 X 0.56 X 9.0 inches | 0.81 pounds
Language: English
Type: Paperback
ISBN: 9780578524450
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About the Author

After the death of his wife Amy Polk, John Robinette began journaling his experience on his blog www.hole-in-the-sun, on social media, and in the online Elephant Journal. John has an M.S. in Management Science and spent the first 25 years of his career as a software engineer, IT professional, and project manager. After Amy's death, he shifted his focus towards helping people be more successful and find more joy in their careers. When he is not writing, John is an organizational development and leadership coach with the Center for Leadership and Organizational Change at the University of Maryland. He is also a principle at V-Teamwork, a company using immersive virtual game simulations to build trust and accelerate collaboration in teams.
Robert Jacoby is the author of three books: Dusk and Ember (2019, novel); There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes (2012, novel); and Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying: 40 Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales (2011, nonfiction). His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in more than 20 literary magazines. During his career he has been an editor and writer for newspapers, healthcare magazines, health facilities, and health-related websites. In 2012 he received his Master of Information Management at the iSchool, University of Maryland, where he focused on developing the Website Governance Modeling Tool (www.website-governance.com). His most recent position was as a web governance consultant with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy. Learn more at robert-jacoby.com.

Reviews

"This book sings and will entrance, and inform you on many levels. Yes, it's a book about grief, but it is also a book about deep male friendships, communities, and much more. Its song reveals surprising connections between death and living, pain and Spirituality, and simply getting the most out of life. Extraordinary book." - Tom Golden, LCSW, author of Swallowed by a Snake


"...explores genuine friendship between two men as one supports the other on a wide-ranging journey from grief to transformation." - IndieReader (IR Approved 4.7/5)


"It's a remarkable book. John and Robert's startling honesty and candor, holding nothing back, can't help but open our hearts and ease our own empty places." - B. Morrison, author