Leave The Dogs At Home: A Memoir by Claire S. ArbogastLeave The Dogs At Home: A Memoir by Claire S. Arbogast

Leave The Dogs At Home: A Memoir

byClaire S. Arbogast

Paperback | July 3, 2015

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Claire and Jim were friends, lovers, and sometimes enemies for 27 years. In order to get health insurance, they finally married, calling their anniversary the "It Means Absolutely Nothing" day. Then Jim was diagnosed with cancer. With ever-decreasing odds of survival, punctuated by arcs of false hope, Jim's deteriorating health altered their well-established independence as they became caregiver and patient, sharing intimacy as close as their own breaths. A year and a half into their marriage, Jim died from lung/brain cancer. Sustained by good dogs and gardening through the two years of madness that followed, Claire soldiered through home repairs, career disaster, genealogy quests, and "dating for seniors" trying to build a better life on the debris of her old one.Leave the Dogs at Home maps and plays with the stages of grief. Delightfully confessional, it challenges persistent, yet outdated, societal norms about relationships, and finds relief in whimsy, pop culture, and renewed spirituality.

Claire Arbogast is a graduate of Indiana University. She gardens, walks with dogs, and writes in Bloomington, Indiana. Her website is www.ClaireArbogast.com
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Title:Leave The Dogs At Home: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:238 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 3, 2015Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:025301719X

ISBN - 13:9780253017192

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The Fullness
2 Survivor
3 Waterloo
4 Terminal Restlessness
5 Buzzing
6 Line of Salt
7 Drainage
8 Consilience
9 Balancing Concentrate
10 Swoop
11 The In Between
12 The Point of Surrender
13 The Shitty Truth
14 Fumes
15 Finding Boxerwood
16 Crabbottom Grits
17 Peripheral Vision
18 Six Years Later: New Tricks
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Claire and Jim were friends, lovers, and sometimes enemies for 27 years. In order to get health insurance, they finally married, calling their anniversary the "It Means Absolutely Nothing" day. Then Jim was diagnosed with cancer. With ever-decreasing odds of survival, punctuated by arcs of false hope, Jim's deteriorating health altered their well-established independence as they became caregiver and patient, sharing intimacy as close as their own breaths. A year and a half into their marriage, Jim died from lung/brain cancer. Sustained by good dogs and gardening through the two years of madness that followed, Claire soldiered through home repairs, career disaster, genealogy quests, and "dating for seniors" trying to build a better life on the debris of her old one.Leave the Dogs at Home maps and plays with the stages of grief. Delightfully confessional, it challenges persistent, yet outdated, societal norms about relationships, and finds relief in whimsy, pop culture, and renewed spirituality.Leave the Dogs at Home mines the messy, graceful territory of life lived in the midst of upheaval; the roughness and tenderness of it all.  Sharp and engaging, this beautiful memoir invites us to think about resilience and reconnection with the strongest parts of Self.