Necessary Losses

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Random House Publishing Group, 1996 - Psychology - 447 pages
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"This perceptive book should absorb and enrich anyone who admits to being human."
Benjamin Spock, M.D.
Essayist Judith Viorst, who has humorously eased our journey to middle age, now turns her considerable talents to a more serious and far-reaching subject: how we grow and change through the losses that are an inevitable and necessary part of life. Arguing persuasively that through the loss of our mothers' protection, the loss of the impossible expectations we bring to relationships, the loss of our younger selves, and the loss of our loved ones through separation and death, we gain deeper persepctive, true maturity, and fuller wisdom about life, Judith Viorst has wirtten a life-affirming and life-changing book.

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Wide-ranging examination of life as a series of losses. Very well-written.

Contents

INTRODUCTION
15
The Ultimate Connection
34
The Private I
51
Lessons in Love
66
THE FORBIDDEN AND THE IMPOSSIBLE
81
Passionate Triangles
100
Anatomy and Destiny
115
Good as Guilt
130
Saving the Children
205
Famijy Feelings
223
Love and Mourning
237
Shifting Images
265
I Grow Old I Grow Old
284
The ABC of Dying
305
Reconnections
325
BIBLIOGRAPHY
413

IMPERFECT CONNECTIONS
159
Love and Hate in the Married State
185
INDEX
432
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About the author (1996)

Judith Viorst was born in Newark, New Jersey on February 2, 1931. She graduated from Rutgers University (1952) and the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute (1981). She has written extensively, her works include children's books, collections of poetry, lyrics to musicals, several works of fiction, and a cookbook. She has won a Silver Pencil award (for The Tenth Good Thing About Barney) and an Emmy (for poems used in an Anne Bancroft TV special).

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