The Grief Project

Beginning in 2013, I am reading and reviewing books about death, grief, and mourning. I'm interested in why and how we write about grief and the ways in which we are all affected by these grief narratives. More than anything, this project is a deeply personal exploration of loss.

Mourning Diary
Roland Barthes, Richard Howard (tr.)
The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing
Kevin Young
Blue Nights
Joan Didion
Death's Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve
Sandra M. Gilbert
A Grief Observed
C.S. Lewis
How We Grieve: Relearning the World
Thomas Attig
The Long Goodbye: A memoir
Meghan O'Rourke
Loss: The Politics of Mourning
David L. Eng (ed.), et al
The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression
Darian Leader
Nothing Was the Same
Kay Redfield Jamison
The Truth About Grief: The Myth of Its Five Stages and the New Science of Loss
Ruth Davis Konigsberg
When It Rains
Maggie MacKellar
A Widow's Story
Joyce Carol Oates
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Cheryl Strayed
The Year of Magical Thinking
Joan Didion
Letters to Jackie
Ellen Fitzpatrick
The American Way of Death Revisited
Jessica Mitford
Closure
Nancy Berns
The Grief of Others
Leah Hager Cohen
A Decade of Hope
Dennis Smith
Psalm
Carol Ann Davis
Burial
Claire Donato
To the End of the Land
David Grossman, Jessica Cohen (tr.)
As I Lay Dying
William Faulkner
Book of My Mother
Albert Cohen
Wave
Sonali Deraniyagala
Levels of Life
Julian Barnes
Time of Grief
Jeffrey Yang (ed.)
How We Die
Sherwin B. Nuland
The Day of the Dead
F. Gonzalez-Crussi
A Very Easy Death
Simone de Beauvoir, Patrick O'Brian (tr.)
I, Afterlife
Kristin Prevallet
Elegy
Mary Jo Bang