LIFE'S THAT WAY
Jim and Cecily appeared to have it all: Cecily was a successful casting director (3rd Rock from the Sun, That 70s Show); Jim was a regular on HBO’s Deadwood. Then their daughter, Maddie, was diagnosed with autism and weeks later, Cecily, a non-smoker, was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Suddenly Jim was a widower and a single dad.
Like Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie or Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture, this memoir is about the death of a loved one – but also very much about life. Written straight from the heart and with extraordinary humor amidst great sadness, it is a story not just of travail, but also of love and generosity; unfathomable human kindness; and the wondrous gifts of life – all invaluable lessons for living.
"Beaver's bracing honesty makes this a Hollywood story that will resonate, a chronicle of heartbreak that ends - not to spoil things - with hope."
"If this is a testament to human survival which it is it is also a testament to the power of connection, to what it means to translate emotions and experience into words and then send them out in the dark."
Carolyn Kellogg, The L.A. Times
"Night after night, Jim Beaver reached into his heart and wrote e-mails that were unabashed love letters—to his wife, his daughter, his friends, and now, through this book, to the rest of us. Despite great sadness, he writes with humor and exhilaration about the gifts found in marriage and the lessons learned through loss."
Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The Last Lecture