Love or Die Trying: How I Lost It All, Died, and Came Back for Love


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$18.99  $17.66
Dundurn Press
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5.4 X 8.3 X 0.8 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Bob Ramsay is a communications consultant, writer, and founder of the speaker series RamsayTalks. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2015 and the Bernier Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographic Society in 2017. He lives in Toronto.


Do not be fooled by the breezy elegance and light touch as Bob Ramsay dances through the chapters of his life. This is a potent story of denial and self-awareness, relentless humour and existential fear, addiction and recovery, desperation and acceptance. Against a backdrop of tragedies and setbacks, momentous world events and grand adventures, this is above all a redemptive love story about two extraordinary people.-- "Dr. David Goldbloom, Senior Medical Advisor of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health"
We all need stories where love wins. We all need hope in the midst of the challenges we face. We all need to know what's possible when there seems no way out or no way up. Bob courageously shares his life story. A life filled with challenges yet love won out, hope was restored, and now hope is offered to each of us.-- "Rev. Brent Hawkes, Senior Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto"

A ruthlessly honest memoir of love, loss, and redemption told with humour, grace, whimsy, and wit.

-- "Wade Davis, author of Passage of Darkness"
Bob Ramsay is mad, bad, and dangerous, no thank you, ' said the woman who ultimately married him; a love story filled with pain and fear, addiction and renewal; an overabundance of joy, I adored it!-- "Susan Ormiston, CBC Senior Correspondent"
This book, like Bob Ramsay himself, is a super charged, rollicking, sharp, funny, sometimes raw, always smart jolt of full-on life.-- "Zita Cobb co-founder and CEO of the Shorefast Foundation"
A revealing and generous memoir.-- "Winnipeg Free Press"