The Last Kiss: A True Story of Love, Joy and Loss

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Leslie Brody, a newspaper reporter and mother of two, thought her life was finally heading in the right direction when she married Elliot, a romantic, funny and brilliant editor with three children of his own. But six years after their wedding, they learned that Elliot, only 55, had pancreatic cancer - and would be lucky to live for a year or two.

With a journalist's eye for intimate detail, Leslie shows how they made the very most of the time they had left together. Told with heart, humor and compelling immediacy, The Last Kiss is a love story about the life-affirming power of a passionate marriage, the importance of loyal friends, and the resilience of children growing up through one of life's harshest trials.

This is the most important story she has ever told.

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About the Author:

Leslie Brody covers education for The Record newspaper in New Jersey. The Last Kiss, her first book, grew out of a national award-winning series in The Record called "Living with Cancer". She has been a reporter for The Associated Press in Tokyo, Fortune Magazine and The St. Petersburg Times. A 1983 graduate of Yale, she lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her children.

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  • "Beautifully written and completely heartfelt...Brody takes her trained eye as an observer and writes unflinchingly about the man she loved, herself and her kids...A compelling read." - Jacqueline Cutler, The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)


  • "I love this book because it is so honest. Leslie Brody writes openly about what it is like to watch her husband slip away. Some of her stories will break your heart, others bring a smile to your face. Yes, The Last Kiss is a portrait of loss...but also, and more importantly, of a life lived fully." - Meredith Vieira


  • "This is a beautiful, heartbreaking memoir of love and loss. It is as singular in its merciless truths, and as universal in its unwavering humanity, as the disease that sponsors this narrative. And yet the abiding faith in family, in humor, in grief, in love that abounds on these pages triumphs - and insures the immortality of all involved."                                                                   - Ken Burns, filmmaker


  • "Terrific! This is a beautiful book and a brave book, one full of lessons about how to cope with death, but also how to live. It is a story of pain and loss, weathered by humor and grace, and by a great love. Leslie Brody's story is buoyed on every page by compassion and kindness, her own and others."
                    - Kevin Baker, author of New York Times bestseller Paradise Alley

  • "This is a story about the enduring power of love, courage and strength. To read it is to be reminded of what life -- and death -- is all about. Leslie is a character we cry with and root for." - Tom Hallman, Jr., Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Sam: The Boy Behind the Mask and A Stranger's Gift: True Stories of Faith in Unexpected Places

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