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Sunday, December 21, 2008

BOOK

A Journal for Jordan

By Dana Canedy

Crown

$25.95

BASIC STORY:

Canedy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor for the New York Times, pens this gut-wrenching memoir cum letter to her newborn son, Jordan. She describes her relationship with Jordan's father, her fiance, who died six weeks before he was due home from Iraq.

SAMPLE GRAB:

"I also hope that what I have written will help you to understand the remarkable love your father and I shared. . . . It is not the kind that always looks perfect."

-- Words of wisdom

OUR TAKE:

Canedy writes with the objective eye of a hard-line reporter yet manages to convey the complexities of the love between her and her fiance as well as the deep loss she feels in his absence. It's impossible to imagine what her pain is like, but she does a beautiful job of allowing us to come close.


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