Goodbye to Clocks Ticking: How We Live While Dying (Hardcover)

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An emotional and uplifting journey of truly seeing, and appreciating, all that life has to offer in the year following a terminal diagnosis
For fans of Ann Patchett’s These Precious Days and Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking

Goodbye to Clocks Ticking is an unforgettable book that will make readers cry and smile. After thirty-two years of teaching, Joe Monninger, an avid outdoorsman in robust health, was looking forward to spending a long retirement with the love of his life in a cabin beside a New England estuary. Three days after his last class -- three days! -- he's diagnosed with lung cancer, even though he has not smoked for more than 30 years. It is May, and he's told that he'll likely be dead by Labor Day.
Thanks to a new miracle drug, Joe gets a temporary reprieve, but the shock and devastation of his cancer diagnosis had already sent him to his writing desk, where he had processed most of what occurred in his life. Little by little, Joe realized he was writing an account of the year after the diagnosis.
He sets out to live life to the fullest and to write about the year of grace that follows, from his cancer treatments to his innermost thoughts.
Goodbye to Clocks Ticking is a work of wisdom and insight. Joe Monninger’s aubade to the world that he knew and loved offers a page-turning, suspenseful story to relish and to celebrate, to share and to discuss, to ponder and to learn from.
"Full of heart and discovery." – Booklist, on Joseph Monninger's writing

About the Author

Joseph Monninger has published many novels for adults and young readers, three books of nonfiction, and dozens of articles for periodicals such as Sports Illustrated, American Heritage, Scientific American and the Boston Globe. An international bestseller, his work has been widely translated and published in more than forty countries. Goodbye to Clocks Ticking is his account of life after receiving a fatal lung cancer diagnosis three days into his retirement. He has lived beside the Baker River in New Hampshire for more than thirty years where he also worked as a college professor, fishing guide, and dog sled driver.

Praise For…

"Someone in need of precisely this book will pick it up, read it, and their spirit will be lifted."
--Jonathan Carroll, author of Mr. Breakfast

"This book is so powerful that I had to stop a couple times to stop my eyes from filling. I especially love Monninger's thoughts on nature and all life and our own existence within it and not separate from it." 
--Bill Taddicken, Director of the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary

Product Details
ISBN: 9781586423605
ISBN-10: 1586423606
Publisher: Steerforth
Publication Date: March 7th, 2023
Pages: 208
Language: English