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The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After

Julie Yip-Williams
Format
Book
Published
New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780525511359, 0525511350, 9780525511366
Summary
"Born blind in Vietnam, Julie Yip-Williams narrowly escaped euthanasia by her grandmother, only to then 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 at UCLA gave her partial sight. Against all odds, she became a Harvard-educated lawyer, with a husband, a family, a life. Then, at age thirty-seven, with two little girls at home, Julie was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and a different journey began. The Unwinding of the Miracle is the story of a vigorous life refracted through the prism of imminent death. Motherhood, marriage, ambition, love, wanderlust, tennis, grief, jealousy, anger, comfort, pain, disease--there is simply nothing this book is not about. Growing out of a blog Julie has kept through the past four years of her life (undertaken because she couldn't find the guidance she needed through her disease), this is the story of a life lived so well, and cut too short. It is inspiring and instructive, delightful and shattering. It is a book of indelible moments, seared deep. With glorious humor, beautiful and bracing honesty, and the cleansing power of well-deployed anger, Julie Yip-Williams has set the stage for her lasting legacy and one final miracle: the story of her life"--
Contents
  • Death, part one
  • Life
  • The odds
  • Seeing ghosts
  • The warfare, and the weapons
  • Deals with God
  • Faith, a lesson of history
  • CEA, PET, MRI...
  • The secret
  • Moments of happiness
  • An adventure with the Chinese medicine man
  • The surly bonds of earth
  • The crossroads of the world
  • Hope
  • I am lost
  • A nightmare
  • The hand of God
  • A love story
  • Fate and fortune
  • Numbers, a reassessment
  • Take your victories where you can
  • The cancer is in my lungs
  • From darkness to strength
  • "Keeping it in the stomach"
  • A day in my life
  • Invincibility
  • Dreams reborn
  • Solitude
  • A game of clue
  • The gift of grief
  • In which the Yips become Americans
  • Living
  • Insanity
  • Chipper
  • Courage and love
  • Hate
  • Home
  • Believe
  • Pain
  • Death
  • Preparing
  • Love
  • The unwinding of the miracle.
Description
x, 315 pages ; 25 cm
Technical Details
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