About Grief: Insights, Setbacks, Grace Notes, Taboos by Ron MarascoAbout Grief: Insights, Setbacks, Grace Notes, Taboos by Ron Marasco

About Grief: Insights, Setbacks, Grace Notes, Taboos

byRon Marasco, Brian Shuff

Paperback | March 16, 2014

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About Grief is a refreshingly down-to-earth book about an issue that blindsides many people. Written in a warm and conversational way that is, at times, deeply moving, at times, surprisingly amusing, and always practical, it covers a wide range of issues facing people in grief. Marasco and Shuff have done the footwork for readers who wish to know more about this complex subject. Using a variety of sources, including books, films, music and many hours spent talking with people in grief, the authors distill their candid insights into a series of short, single-topic-essays that can be easily digested in one sitting-a format they found grieving people preferred. This is not a book written by clinicians, so there's no cold jargon. It's not a memoir of one individual's grief, so it has something for everyone. And it's not a self-peddling inspirational book. It's a wise, plain-spoken, comforting book about an intimidating topic. As one reader recently said of About Grief: "Reading this book is like having a smart, entertaining friend around-at a time when you really need one."
Ron Marasco is a professor in the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. His first book, Notes to an Actor, was named by the American Library Association an "Outstanding Book of 2008." For the past five years he has taught a very popular course on the subject of grief using film, theatre, ...
Title:About Grief: Insights, Setbacks, Grace Notes, TaboosFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.97 × 5.31 × 0.64 inPublished:March 16, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442226161

ISBN - 13:9781442226166

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helpful This is a really helpful book to read at a very difficult time. It covers a lot of feelings and issues and is sometimes even funny. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-01-31

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About Grief: Insights, Setbacks, Grace Notes, Taboos is an honest, down-to-earth and extraordinarily creative contribution to the popular literature written for those who grieve. Authors Marasco and Shuff fearlessly delve into subject matter most other self-help writers tend to avoid like the plague  (such as the not so unusual urge among some who grieve to indulge in promiscuous sex) while managing to write a respectful, meaningful, and "fun read" about dying and death.  This book is never pedantic. In fact, the authors proudly profess not to be grief experts. They are artists and teachers whose understanding and appreciation of the human condition is informed by their love of Shakespeare, modern theater and film, as well as popular memoir, literature and poetry. Their passion for the arts is contagious. The reader is swept up by powerful scenes from works of great writers, with words that reassure, challenge and inspire.