Goodbye, Vitamin

Goodbye, Vitamin

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Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine , Esquire , Huffington Post , Entertainment Weekly , Booklist , and The Independent

"A quietly brilliant disquisition . . . told in prose that is so startling in its spare beauty that I found myself thinking about Khong's turns of phrase for days after I finished reading."-- Doree Shafrir, The New York Times Book Review

"One of those rare books that is both devastating and light-hearted , heartful and joyful . . . . Don't miss it ."-- Buzzfeed

"Hello, Rachel Khong. Kudos for this delectable take on familial devotion and dementia."-- NPR

Her life at a crossroads, a young woman goes home again in this funny and inescapably moving debut from a wonderfully original new literary voice.

Freshly disengaged from her fianc#65533; and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town and arrives at her parents' home to find that situation more complicated than she'd realized. Her father, a prominent history professor, is losing his memory and is only erratically lucid. Ruth's mother, meanwhile, is lucidly erratic. But as Ruth's father's condition intensifies, the comedy in her situation takes hold, gently transforming her all her grief.

Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humor, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one's footing in this life.

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.,, 2017
ISBN: 9781250109156
1250109159
Call Number: EBOOK AXIS 360
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360

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LPL_KateG Dec 11, 2017

This book packs quite a bit of feels into fewer than 200pgs. The protagonist, Ruth, leaves her job and apartment to move in with her parents temporarily after her dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She’s there to help her mom cope, to keep an eye on her dad, and to recover from a devastating breakup. All of that sounds like a big bummer -- which it is -- BUT Ruth is also funny and sweet and awkward, and all of these factors combine to create a very charming, touching book.

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maybaby
Oct 14, 2017

I was worried this was going to be a "One True Thing" knock off. It wasn't. It was an engaging, quick read. There was one error...the author need to fact check coral...ugh, simple two click internet search would have corrected the glaring error in the book regarding the coral.

Cynthia_N Oct 12, 2017

Ruth moves home for a year to help her mother care for her father who has Alzheimer's. A very touching story.

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elizali
Oct 02, 2017

Khong's style is beautiful and approachable. Heartily recommend. This is a book about crisis in general, with no subdivision on age. Remembrance is such a fickle topic and Khong approaches with grace and ease.

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bookycakes
Aug 07, 2017

I am not yet to the point in my life where a 30 year old's midlife crisis is entertaining. Instead, it's only a little bit sad and a little bit disconcerting because it seems so easy to slip into. While the novel was funny at times, the diary format was not really my taste- very little dialogue and lots of narrative about daily activities of life. Simply not my taste. The writing wasn't bad, and I imagine that if you are past 30 and feel secure in your life's position, this would be hilarious and a great story.

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