The Best of Us: A Memoir

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Bloomsbury Publishing
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5.5 X 8.0 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Joyce Maynard is the author of sixteen books including the novels To Die For and Labor Day (both adapted for film) and the bestselling memoir At Home in the World. Her essays and columns have appeared in dozens of publications and numerous collections. She is a frequent performer with The Moth, a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and founder of the Lake Atitlan Writers' Workshop. She is the mother of three grown children, and makes her home in Lafayette, California.


"'The Best of Us' remind[s] readers to let go of superficial concerns and embrace a deeper appreciation for our lives and the people in them . . . Perhaps with 'The Best of Us, ' 'Maynard' will come to have new definitions: Maynard (verb) 1. To find love later in life. 2. To do anything possible to help a loved one in crisis. 3. To let oneself be changed by love. 4. To write movingly about it all." --The San Francisco Chronicle

"This haunting story, penned by a master wordsmith, is a reminder to savor every loved one and every day." --Booklist

"In this touching memoir, Maynard (To Die For; At Home in the World) chronicles her second marriage. She beautifully renders the joy of falling in love later in life and the pain of watching her husband die of pancreatic cancer. Maynard's heartfelt story will resonate with those who have lost loved ones." --Publishers Weekly

"Joyce Maynard has been through so many ups and downs in her life and she communicates her love, pain and everything in between through her life affirming experiences, written with great emotion and clarity in this beautiful memoir. I highly recommend it." --BookTrib

"Maynard shows us her flaws, her exuberance, her willingness to take risks, to fall in love, and happily, finally, to discover what a mature marriage and loving relationship look like - flaws, cancer and all. Her readers will do more than connect; they will laugh, cry and rekindle hope that the best of us just might be possible." --Charleston Post Courier

"There isn't a happy ending, but their journey is a beautiful one nonetheless." --Bustle

"Joyce Maynard's memoir The Best of Us--about her adored second husband--is brutally honest and deeply loving." --Woman's Day

"The famed novelist and memoirist on meeting the love of her life, marrying, and facing loss." --The Philadelphia Tribune, "Fall's Big Books"

"Joyce Maynard shares the heart-wrenching but ultimately hopeful story of finding love only to lose it a short time later in The Best of Us (Bloomsbury)." --Parade, "4 Riveting Reads to Try This Fall"

"[Maynard] delivers a moving tribute to [her husband's] memory and a thoughtful exploration of the connection between love and loss." --The San Jose Mercury News, "Books by the Bay"

"The Best of Us feels like a life come full circle, addressing a much more adult kind of love." --Signature Reads

"Joyce Maynard is getting up close and personal in The Best of Us." --7x7

"The memoir is not about death so much as it is about finding in the deep shadows of illness obvious things, like appreciating time with loved ones and the value of dying at home and not in hospital. Importantly, it has Maynard discovering confidence, nobility, dignity and her best self." --The San Jose Mercury News

"Maynard as caretaker is a revelation, both beautiful and heart-wrenching--a role she undertakes (as everything grows harder) with grit, grace and growth. Her earlier memoirs may have had their naysayers, but no one can naysay The Best of Us." --The Buffalo News

"The Best of Us is both heartbreaking and uplifting, a chronicle of unlikely, unexpected romance and personal tragedy, as well as a meditation on the nature of love." --Omnivoracious

"In her poignant memoir about losing her husband to cancer, Maynard reminds readers to embrace a deeper appreciation for our lives and the people in them." --The San Francisco Chronicle