Margaret Overton's Hope for A Cool Pillow
is a passionate argument for planning end-of-life care. As
physician, daughter and student of American health care, Overton
pulls from all corners, showing us the emotional, financial and
physical costs of not being prepared. Her daily rounds reveal
harrowing consequences, her studies at Harvard highlight the
industry's limits, and her own aging parents make her case
universal. Deeply felt, frankly told, this book will challenge you
-- and then help you -- make your own choices about end-of-life
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"Hilarious and compassionate, Hope
for A Cool Pillow should also be read by anyone over 39
for its hard-won gerontological wisdom. Even those terrified by its
subject should find it both useful and grimly entertaining."
- James McManus, author
of The Education of
a Poker Player
"One of the ways many of us must repay our
parents for bringing us into life is to hold them as they leave it.
In Hope for A Cool Pillow, Margaret Overton confronts
the deaths of her own parents with profound, aware love, serious
thinking about our current way of death in America, and always her
clean, beautiful writing. Anyone who loved Roz Chast's Can't
We Talk About Something More Pleasant will want to
read Hope for A Cool Pillow."
- Thomas Dyja, author of The Third Coast
"A moving argument for the reform of
end-of-life care. . . A timely, informed contribution to the ongoing
debate over our nation's health care policies."
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