Sidney Isenberg Lecture: Abigail Thomas, What Comes Next And How To Like It

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Sidney Isenberg Lecture: Abigail Thomas, What Comes Next And How To Like It
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In What Comes Next and How to Like It Abigail Thomas wrestles with some of life’s big questions, like whether or not it’s possible to repair a decades old friendship after a major betrayal, how to care for an ailing grown child, how much drinking is too much drinking, and what to do about a beloved dog who eats or hides everything, including TV remotes, shoes (all of them), and a friend’s first edition of Wolf Hall.

This is a book about a friendship that had a hole blown through it, and how to recover trust and affection. It is also a book about dogs, mortality, dating in one’s seventies, memory, acceptance, how to live when calamity strikes, and the necessity of laughing one’s head off. Thomas finds that these days life is interesting, and often very funny. But age and illness mean death is no longer in the background. What comes next? And how the hell to like it?

Abigail Thomas, the daughter of renowned science writer Lewis Thomas (The Lives of a Cell), is the mother of four children and the grandmother of twelve. She is the author of six previous books, including the memoir A Three Dog Life, which was named one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. When Thomas can’t write, she paints. She teaches writing and lives in Woodstock, New York, with her four dogs.

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Support: This is the nineteenth annual Sidney Isenberg Lecture. The Sidney Isenberg Lectures have been established by his friends, colleagues, and family as an expression of love and appreciation for his values and commitment to the healing process and to the advancement of learning and growth – affirming his conviction that the human relationship is the agency through which change comes about.
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By: Atlanta History Center

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