The works in this series offer wide-ranging explorations of death and dying and the challenges of end of life care. They raise many important questions: What wishes regarding dying must we as a society struggle to better hear? How can these wishes be satisfied with the help of existing health and social resources? What new resources must we develop in response to these wishes?
- The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
- Patrimony: A True Story by Philip Roth
- Wit: A Play by Margaret Edson
- “The Ledge” by John Sargent Hall, “I Want to Live” by Thom Jones, and “In the Gloaming” by Alice Elliot Dark
- Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
This “Let’s Talk About It” theme was developed and written by James R. O’Laughlin. The development, design and production of this material was made possible by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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How-To Discussion Programming Guides
Developed to aid participants in “The Millennium Project for Public Libraries,” this how-to guide (PDF) provides basic information about developing and promoting book discussion programs.
When planning a “Let’s Talk About It” program, you may wish to consult the planner’s manual (PDF) for general how-to information about program format, selecting a scholar, promoting your series, evaluation, and more.