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The Unwinding of the Miracle
The Unwinding of the Miracle: Life, Death and Everything That Comes After | Julie Yip-Williams
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Born blind in Vietnam, Julie Yip-Williams narrowly escaped euthanasia planned by her grandmother, only to have to 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 gave her partial sight. Against all odds, she became a Harvard-educated lawyer, with a husband, a family, a life. Then, at the age of thirty-seven, with two little girls still at home, Julie was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and a different journey began. Growing out of a blog Julie kept for the last four years of her life, The Unwinding of the Miracle is the story of a vigorous life told through the prism of imminent death, of a life lived well and cut too short. With glorious humour, bracing honesty and the cleansing power of well-deployed anger, it is inspiring and instructive, delightful and shattering. More than just a tale about cancer, it's about truth and honesty, fear and pain, our dreams, our jealousies. And it's about how to say goodbye to your children and a life you love. Starting as a need to understand the disease, it has evolved into a powerful story about living - even as Julie put her affairs in order and prepared to die.
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Chelsea.Poole
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😢😭 oh my goodness. I thought this was beautiful, heartbreaking, inspirational, bittersweet, and so informative. Julie Yip-Williams was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in her late 30s as a wife and mother with two very young girls. This is her memoir as put together from blog posts she authored while living with the disease. I cried and I am inspired. I see the world, my life, through a whole different perspective. #tearjerker

Blaire Interviews I heard with her were always inspiring. Very much want to read this. 3w
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Chelsea.Poole
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Newest read. Heartbreaking but beautiful. This took some incredible strength to write.

Buechersuechtling Sounds sad and interesting in the same way. – And I love your photo‼️ Beautiful flowers 🌺. 💛💚 4w
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SamAnne
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There are some beautiful and heart rending parts. But they are interspersed among tedious descriptions of doctor visits and potty training a dog. I feel bad saying that knowing the author passed. Get the book from the library. Read the passages on her family and immigration to the U.S., her grandmother urging her parents to kill her as an infant because she was blind. And the epilogue from her husband. Don‘t do the audio! Too hard to skip!

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Unfortunately, this book has to go back to the library today. I started it and it seems great but I wasn‘t in the right head space to read such a serious book. It‘s just too much. Will have to put it on hold again.

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Stewpugs
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Too sad . Come back later

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Rcoco
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This book is a legacy of bravery to the author‘s children. There is a lot of anger here—-and why not? Maybe too angry for me... but this was Julie‘s truth and kudos to her for her expression. Some profound moments amid all of this in her search to tell her story and find meaning.

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kristina_with_a_k
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RebL
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This looks like a total gut punch of a book. (Screenshot from Joanna Goddard on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/p/BtePRlcA7C-/.)

Reggie Oh no, I can‘t. This sounds so heartbreaking! 4mo
Rcoco Crying reading this at the coffee shop this morning. 3mo
RebL @Rcoco Oh no! 😭 3mo
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Rhondareads
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A life well lived a woman who accomplished so much beat all the odds but sadly could not beat the final diagnosis.

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Reviewsbylola
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This is a good companion to When Breath Become Air. Julie Yip-Williams was diagnosed with colon cancer at 37. She had two young daughters, a loving husband, and a law career. She spent the last five years of her life grappling with her impending death, both what it meant for her but also what it meant for her family.

I was very inspired by her openness and honesty. #netgalley #septemberdanes #crucifymyheart

TrishB No way I could read that 😢 9mo
Cinfhen Same @TrishB 😭😭😭😭😭 9mo
Kalalalatja Have you read the tagged book? The author‘s husband and Paul Kalanithi‘s wife ended up together, I think 9mo
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