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The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life Hardcover – February 19, 2019

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“Butler’s factual, no-nonsense tone is surprisingly comforting, as are her stories of how ordinary folks confronted difficult medical decisions… Her thoughtful book belongs on the same shelf as Atul Gawande’s best-selling Being Mortal and Barbara Ehrenreich’s Natural Causes.”
The Washington Post

“A better roadmap to the end… combines medical, practical, and spiritual guidance.”
Kate Tuttle, The Boston Globe

"A commonsense path to define what a 'good' death looks like."
USA Today

“An empowering guide that clearly outlines the steps necessary to avoid a chaotic end in an emergency room and to prepare for a beautiful death without fear.”
Shelf Awareness

“Straightforward, well-organized, nondepressing… Free of platitudes, Butler’s voice makes the most intimidating of processes—that of dying—come across as approachable. Her reasonable, down-to-earth tone makes for an effective preparatory guide.” 
Publishers Weekly

“This book is filled with deep knowledge and many interesting experiences. It is a guide for staying as healthy and happy as possible while aging, and also shows how important it is to be medically informed and know our rights in the communities where we live, in order to stay in charge of our lives and therefore less afraid of the future. Katy Butler has written a very honest book. I just wish I had read it ten years ago. You can do it now!”
Margareta Magnusson, author of The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

The Art of Dying Well is a guide to just that: how to face the inevitable in an artful way. Katy Butler has clear eyes and speaks plainly about complicated decisions. This book is chock-full of good ideas.”
Sallie Tisdale, author of Advice for Future Corpses

“In plain English and with plenty of true stories to illustrate her advice, Katy Butler provides a brilliant map for living well through old age and getting from the health system what you want and need, while avoiding what you don't. Armed with this superb book, you can take back control of how you live before you die.”
Diane E. Meier, MD, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care

“No, you won’t survive your death, but you can live until the very last moment without the pain and humiliation that inevitably accompany an over-medicalized dying process. Katy Butler shows how, and I am profoundly grateful to her for doing so.” 
Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Natural Causes

“This is a book to devour, discuss, dog-ear, and then revisit as the years pass. Covering matters medical, practical, financial and spiritual – and, beautifully, their intersection – Katy Butler gives wise counsel for the final decades of our ‘wild and precious’ lives. A crucial addition to the bookshelves of those seeking agency, comfort and meaning, The Art of Dying Well is not only about dying. It’s about living intentionally and in community.”
Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine

About the Author

Katy Butler’s articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Best American Science Writing, and The Best American Essays. A finalist for a National Magazine Award, she lives in Northern California. She is the author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door and The Art of Dying Well.

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  • Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
  • Hardcover : 288 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1501135316
  • Publisher : Scribner (February 19, 2019)
  • Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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