Devotion. Christopher Buckley’s new memoir, Losing Mum and Pup, focuses on the deaths of his larger-than-life parents, William F. Buckley and Patricia Taylor Buckley, within the same year. Fans of Christopher’s witty fiction will find the same quality of writing in this memoir. As an only child, Christopher discloses the end of life caregiving that can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to caring for strong willed parents. Beneath some of the shots Christopher takes his late parents, his devotion to them, and their devotion to each other come through on these pages. Through his writing skill, Buckley allows readers to share his mourning, and come close to experiencing his grief. I was teary after reading some of these pages. The anecdotes from their lives and their dying are packed with vivid description and with all the issues that any family faces. After reading this memoir, I found myself recounting some of the Buckley family stories to friends. Losing Mum and Pup captures the laughter and tears of living and dying in ways that will make readers reflect on our own relationships and losses of loved ones as well as the elements that constitute a life well-lived.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)