The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs audiobook

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying

By Nina Riggs
Read by Cassandra Campbell , with  Kirby Heyborne

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781501169359


Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781508281993

  • ISBN: 9781508241447

Runtime: 7.58 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Audience: Adult
Language: English



New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

A Washington Post Best Book of 2017

An NPR Best Book of 2017

Glamour Magazine Pick of Summer Reads

Washington Post Top 10 Book That We Loved

People Pick of the Week

Amazon Best Book of the Month for June 2017

Real Simple Pick

AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

A BookRiot Pick of Incredible Audiobooks


“Stunning…heartrending…this year’s When Breath Becomes Air.” —Nora Krug, The Washington Post

“Beautiful and haunting.” —Matt McCarthy, MD, USA TODAY

“Deeply affecting…simultaneously heartbreaking and funny.” —People (Book of the Week)

“Vivid, immediate.” —Laura Collins-Hughes, The Boston Globe

Starred reviews from * Kirkus Reviews * Publishers Weekly * Library Journal *

Best Books of 2017 Selection by * The Washington Post *

Most Anticipated Summer Reading Selection by * The Washington Post * Entertainment Weekly * Glamour * The Seattle Times * Vulture * InStyle * Bookpage * Bookriot * Real Simple * The Atlanta Journal-Constitution *

An exquisite memoir about how to live—and love—every day with “death in the room,” from poet Nina Riggs, mother of two young sons and the direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in the tradition of When Breath Becomes Air.

“We are breathless, but we love the days. They are promises. They are the only way to walk from one night to the other.”

Nina Riggs was just thirty-seven years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer—one small spot. Within a year, the mother of two sons, ages seven and nine, and married sixteen years to her best friend, received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal.

How does one live each day, “unattached to outcome”? How does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty?

Exploring motherhood, marriage, friendship, and memory, even as she wrestles with the legacy of her great-great-great grandfather, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nina Riggs’s breathtaking memoir continues the urgent conversation that Paul Kalanithi began in his gorgeous When Breath Becomes Air. She asks, what makes a meaningful life when one has limited time?

Brilliantly written, disarmingly funny, and deeply moving, The Bright Hour is about how to love all the days, even the bad ones, and it’s about the way literature, especially Emerson, and Nina’s other muse, Montaigne, can be a balm and a form of prayer. It’s a book about looking death squarely in the face and saying “this is what will be.”

Especially poignant in these uncertain times, The Bright Hour urges us to live well and not lose sight of what makes us human: love, art, music, words.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Deeply affecting…simultaneously heartbreaking and funny.” People
“Superb…I put down The Bright Hour a slightly different, and better, person…and also feeling, as Riggs did, ‘the hug of the world.’” O, The Oprah Magazine
“[This] memoir by a young mother with terminal cancer is touching and wickedly funny.” Glamour
“A thoughtful and heartbreaking exploration of what makes life meaningful in a person’s remaining days…It’s a book every doctor and patient should read.” USA Today (4/4 stars)
“Vivid, immediate.” Boston Globe
“Narrator Cassandra Campbell is just perfect. She matches Riggs’s emotions at every stage, and her lovely smooth voice has a bittersweet quality. The memoir manages to be both entertaining and heartbreaking…The short afterword from Riggs’s husband is narrated by Kirby Heyborne. It feels like losing a beautiful friend when it’s over. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile




Author Bio: Nina Riggs

Author Bio: Nina Riggs

Nina Riggs received her MFA in poetry in 2004 and published a book of poems, Lucky, Lucky, in 2009. She wrote about life with metastatic breast cancer on her blog, Suspicious Country, and her work has appeared in the Washington Post and New York Times.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 7.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English