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The unwinding of the miracle : a memoir of life, death, and everything that comes after / Julie Yip-Williams.

Yip-Williams, Julie, 1976-2018 author. (Author).
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  • 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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3 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fertile Public Library 921 YIP (Text) 33500013005038 New Checked out 06/06/2019
Mahnomen Public Library 921 YIP (Text) 33500013005020 New In transit -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525511359
  • ISBN: 0525511350
  • Physical Description: x, 315 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note: Life -- The odds -- Seeing ghosts -- The warfare, and the weapons -- Deals with God -- Faith, a lesson of history -- CEA, pet, MRI -- The secret -- Moments of happiness -- An adventure with the Chinese medicine man -- The surly bonds of earth -- The crossroads of the world -- I am lost -- A nightmare -- The hand of God -- A love story -- Fate and fortune -- Numbers, a reassessment -- Take your victories where you can -- The cancer is in my lungs -- From darkness to strength -- "Keeping it in the stomach" -- A day in my life -- Invincibility -- Dreams reborn -- Solitude -- A game of clue -- The gift of grief -- In which the Yips become Americans -- Living -- Insanity -- Chipper -- Courage and love -- Hate -- Home -- Believe -- Pain -- Death -- Preparing -- Love -- The unwinding of the miracle.
Summary, etc.: "Born blind in Vietnam, Julie Yip-Williams narrowly escaped euthanasia by her grandmother, only to then flee the political upheaval of the late 1970s with her family. Loaded into a rickety boat with three hundred other refugees, Julie made it to Hong Kong and, ultimately, America, where a surgeon at UCLA gave her partial sight. Against all odds, she became a Harvard-educated lawyer, with a husband, a family, a life. Then, at age thirty-seven, with two little girls at home, Julie was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and a different journey began. The Unwinding of the Miracle is the story of a vigorous life refracted through the prism of imminent death. Motherhood, marriage, ambition, love, wanderlust, tennis, grief, jealousy, anger, comfort, pain, disease--there is simply nothing this book is not about. Growing out of a blog Julie has kept through the past four years of her life (undertaken because she couldn't find the guidance she needed through her disease), this is the story of a life lived so well, and cut too short. It is inspiring and instructive, delightful and shattering. It is a book of indelible moments, seared deep. With glorious humor, beautiful and bracing honesty, and the cleansing power of well-deployed anger, Julie Yip-Williams has set the stage for her lasting legacy and one final miracle: the story of her life"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 December #1
    *Starred Review* This is the poignant and compelling memoir of Yip-Williams' battle with and eventual surrender to cancer. Entries written in real time during the five years between the author's diagnosis and death document her deteriorating physical condition, her emotional angst, and her family's anguish. Throughout, she reflects on her life and reveals what an amazing miracle it has been. Born blind in Vietnam, she survived a perilous boat trip as a refugee, came to the U.S., excelled in school, traveled, earned a law degree from Harvard, enjoyed a successful career, got married, and had two daughters—all by age 37, when this story begins. Her writing is honest and, by turns, angry, humorous, and heart-breaking, especially when she talks about her two little girls, who are just starting elementary school. Even though readers know the ending—the prologue indicates that if they're reading this, she's already gone—every bit of new bad news hits like a blow to the gut. Readers' will smile when Yip-Williams facetiously describes the slutty second wife she envisions for her husband and share in her grief as she makes plans for her funeral. Never mawkish, The Unwinding of the Miracle will resonate with readers. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Julie Yip-Williams died in March 2018 of colon cancer. She was born in Tam-Ky, Vietnam, just as the war was ending, grew up in Monterey Park, California, and graduated from Williams College and Harvard Law School. At her death she was forty-two, and lived in Brooklyn with her husband, Josh, and their daughters, Mia and Isabelle.

Subject: Yip-Williams, Julie, 1976-2018.
Vietnamese Americans > Biography.
Colon (Anatomy) > Cancer > Patients > United States > Biography.
Terminally ill > United States > Biography.
Colon (Anatomy) > Cancer > Patients.
Terminally ill.
Vietnamese Americans.
United States.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical (incl. Patients)
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Death, Grief, Bereavement.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Lawyers & Judges.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women.
Genre: Nonfiction.
Nonfiction.
Autobiographies.
Biography.
Autobiographies.

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