A Mother's Reckoning: Living In The Aftermath Of Tragedy by Sue KleboldA Mother's Reckoning: Living In The Aftermath Of Tragedy by Sue Klebold

A Mother's Reckoning: Living In The Aftermath Of Tragedy

bySue Klebold

Audio Book (CD) | February 15, 2016

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The acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Sue Klebold, mother of one of the Columbine shooters, about living in the aftermath of Columbine.

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.
 
For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently?
 
These are questions that Klebold has grappled with every day since the Columbine tragedy. In A Mother’s Reckoning, she chronicles with unflinching honesty her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible. In the hope that the insights and understanding she has gained may help other families recognize when a child is in distress, she tells her story in full, drawing upon her personal journals, the videos and writings that Dylan left behind, and on countless interviews with mental health experts.
 
Filled with hard-won wisdom and compassion, A Mother’s Reckoning is a powerful and haunting book that sheds light on one of the most pressing issues of our time. And with fresh wounds from the Newtown and Charleston shootings, never has the need for understanding been more urgent.
 
All author profits from the book will be donated to research and to charitable organizations focusing on mental health issues.

— Washington Post, Best Memoirs of 2016

Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters at Columbine High School in 1999 who killed 13 people before ending their own lives, a tragedy that saddened and galvanized the nation. She has spent the last 15 years excavating every detail of her family life, and trying to understand the crucial intersection between...
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Title:A Mother's Reckoning: Living In The Aftermath Of TragedyFormat:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:5.9 × 5.2 × 1.1 inPublished:February 15, 2016Publisher:Penguin Random House Audio Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating I did not want to buy this at first, because I did not want her to profit from her son's actions. I found out that the profits go to charity so I bought it.... I could barely put the book down, very relatable to those who have gone through life shattering hardships
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating read Very honest and heartbreaking.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fascinating It took me three days to finish this book, I was just captivated. This book is a moving example of how one woman recovers from the death of her son, and the horrible way he died. It shows how much depression can really change a person, and makes you wonder just how much you know about the inner life of the people close to you.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking. A heartbreaking read, but a great read nonetheless. Beautifully written, and allows you to really take on the perspective of the family's side of such a tragedy. Would read again and again.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Reviewing this purely on the book itself and not the tragedy →3.5 stars Very noble that "All author profits from the book will be donated to research and to charitable organizations focusing on mental health issues." Made buying this book easier. I learned a lot of facts about suicide and school shootings from this book, and there were many very touching and emotional moments which im sure was extremely difficult to write. However, based on the writing alone, I couldn’t bring myself to rate it higher. It felt highly repetitive (the same stories repeated many times in different chapters) and excessively defensive (for every one sentence that held her son accountable, there were ten deflecting the blame away from her parenting style [which I’m not suggesting played a part in this event at all] and another 15 spent convincing readers of what a good kid Dylan was.) It was almost if Sue wrote this to shift the vast majority of the blame on Eric (many details added just to show how much “worse” of a kid Eric was-you could tell with the chosen verbs). I was captured in from the beginning, but found myself skimming towards the very end just to quickly finish the book. I found myself with more questions than what was answered in the book. Though i realize that some of these questions can never be answered and Klebold tried her best. Klebold was brave and honest in this book, and is, evidently, a skilled writer.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Very Honest Memoir This book was brutal. Obviously, the subject matter is very hard. I found her account of the situation and of her child was, while extremely difficult to read, very honest and soul-searching. She didn't just look for every reason to blame someone else - or to sugar coat the events. Well worth the read.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haunting and Profound Deciding to choose this book for an in-depth analysis for my class was a great idea; this book is amazingly written and beautifully profound, and gives a great look into the other side of these types of issues.
Date published: 2017-03-12

Editorial Reviews

“…[U]nimaginably detailed, raw, minute-by-minute, illuminating, and just plain gripping. It's also the most extraordinary testament--to honesty, love, pain, doubt, and resilience.… This book is nothing less than a public service. I beseech you to read it.” – Bruce Feiller “As people read Sue’s memoir, what they will find is that her book is honest, and her pain genuine.  Her story may be uncomfortable to read, but it will raise awareness about brain health and the importance of early identification and intervention to maintain it.  If people listen to her – to all that she has experienced, and to how this has changed her – they will be quicker to respond to depression in young people, to the suicidal thinking that can accompany it, and to the rage that can build almost unnoticed in young people when the people who truly and completely love and care for them are distracted by other challenges in life.” —Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO of Mental Health America “Required reading for all parents of adolescents...soul-piercingly honest, written with bravery and intelligence... A book of nobility and importance.” –The Times  “Reading this book as a critic is hard; reading it as a parent is devastating….I imagine snippets of my own young children in Dylan Klebold, shades of my parenting in Sue and Tom.  I suspect that many families will find their own parallels….This book’s insights are painful and necessary and its contradictions inevitable.” —Carlos Lozada, The Washington Post  “[Sue Klebold’s book] reads as if she had written it under oath, while trying to answer, honestly and completely, an urgent question: What could a parent have done to prevent this tragedy?… She earns our pity, our empathy and, often, our admiration; and yet the book’s ultimate purpose is to serve as a cautionary tale, not an exoneration.” —The New York Times Book Review “[T]he parenting book everyone should read.” —Parents.com  “I believe Sue Klebold.  So will you.” —LA Times “At times her story is so chilling you want to turn away, but Klebold’s compassion and honesty –and realization that parents and institutions must work to discover kids’ hidden suffering-will keep you riveted.” —People.com “This book which can be tough to read in places is an important one. It helps us arrive at a new understanding of how Columbine happened and, in the process, may help avert other tragedies.” Rated: A. —Entertainment Weekly