Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.
– William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright, from Macbeth
This past Thursday, my friend Jane and I attended another Berkeley Arts & Letters event at the Hillside Club (2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, 510.848.3227). Knocking On Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, is a memoir by narrative journalist Katy Butler chronicling the deaths of her father and mother – one who died too late and the other who died too soon, respectively, according to Butler. An article she wrote in 2010, which was published in the New York Times Magazine, “What Broke My Father’s Heart,” became the opening of her exquisitely written book. The Wall Street Journal ran an excerpt about her mother in its pages on September 6th.
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