Nina Riggs writing from the edge of mortality

Check out Nina Riggs in an article about her book “The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying” from the Boston Globe.

Poet, essayist, and memoirist Nina Riggs was only thirty-seven years old when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer—only in one small spot. But less than a year later, she received the terrifying news that her breast cancer was terminal. As it explores marriage, motherhood, friendship, and memory, Nina’s writing asks: What makes a meaningful life when one has limited time? Her 2017 memoir The Bright Hour is about how to make the most of each day, even the ones when your body hurts. It’s about the way literature, in particular the writings of Nina’s direct ancestor, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and of her other muse, Montaigne, can bring solace and even be a form of prayer.

–From “The Book of Awesome Women Writers”


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