What to Do When I'm Gone

What to Do When I'm Gone

A Mother's Wisdom to Her Daughter

Graphic Novel - 2018
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"A mother's advice to her daughter— a guide to daily living, both practical and sublime— with full-color illustrations throughout. One sleepless night while she was in her early twenties, illustrator/writer Hallie Bateman had a painful realization: her mom would die, and after she died she would be gone. The prospect was devastating, and also scary— how would she navigate the world without the person who gave her life? She thought about all the motherly advice she would miss— advice that could help her through the challenges to come, including the ordeal of losing a parent. The next day, Hallie asked her mother, writer Suzy Hopkins, to record step-by-step instructions for her to follow in the event of her mom's death. The list began: 'Pour yourself a stiff glass of whiskey and make some fajitas' and continued from there, walking Hallie through the days, months, and years of life after loss, with motherly guidance and support, addressing issues great and small— from choosing a life partner to baking a quiche. The project became a way for mother and daughter to connect with humor, openness, and gratitude. It led to this book. Combining Suzy's wit and heartfelt advice with Hallie's quirky and colorful style, What to Do When I'm Gone is the illustrated instruction manual for getting through life without one's mom. It's also a poignant look at loss, love, and taking things one moment at a time. By turns whimsical, funny, touching, and above all pragmatic, it will leave readers laughing and teary-eyed. And it will spur conversations that enrich family members' understanding of one another." -- Description provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781632869685
Branch Call Number: 170.44 Ho
Characteristics: 137 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Bateman, Hallie - Illustrator
Alternative Title: What to do when I am gone


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multcolib_karene Dec 20, 2018

A thoughtful, heartfelt, and helpful book about dealing with a loved one's death but even more so, this book is very much about living.

Sep 18, 2018

This book made me laugh and just think how amazing it is to remember my mom.

Aug 18, 2018

The illustrations are pleasant, but the text is dull and generic. A me-too book.

JCLEmmaF Apr 30, 2018

absolutely beautiful book of paintings and advice from mom to adult daughter, after the imagined death of mom. tender and honest.


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