Gerda Lerner's search to extract meaning from death's violent mystery glows with the humanist energy of an honest yet consoling and inspiring vision.-Helen Yglesias New York Times Book Review"A book about courage, written without heroics or sentimentality This is a story out of ordinary life, about love and endurance and loyalty."-Elizabeth Janeway, author"This is a deeply moving and exquisitely sensitive account."-Daniel Schorr, journalist and author"A great book unflinchingly revelatory of its writer, a man, a marriage-reflective of the passionate richness the last passage of life can have."-Honor Moore, author and poet"In her deeply moving document, Lerner copes with the moral questions of the patient's right to know, his right to choose, his right to die Though intensely personal, Lerner's story speaks with a universal quality."-Wilma Salisbury, Cleveland Plain Dealer"This book gives one hope-that marriage, in the very real sense of the word, is still possible."-Eleanor Perry, screenwriter
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Gerda Lerner, born in Austria, and a refugee from Hitlerism, is Emerita Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison. A pioneer in founding Women?s History, she has published 13 books, including Black Women in White America (1972), The Creation of Patriarchy (1986), Why History Matters (1997) and Fireweed: A Political AutobiographyCarl Lerner, born in Philadelphia, graduate from Temple University, worked in the theater and as film editor in Hollywood and New York. He taught a generation of filmmakers and edited outstanding films like Twelve Angry Men and Klute. He was a lifelong activist for trade union and civil rights.
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