Daily Archives: December 19, 2012

** The Etiquette of Illness by Susan Halpern

The Etiquette of Illness: What to Say When You Can’t Find the Words┬áis a hard-to-classify book that meanders from its stated topic (and subtitle) to transform itself into a checklist of practical and emotional steps to take when very ill — so stay flexible! Much of the advice is excellent, if rather obvious (don’t disappear when your friends are ill, don’t invite yourself for long visits, don’t give them a list of treatments they must follow). On the other hand, some of the scripts she suggests seem a little awkward, and the many stories she tells become tedious in their number and their transparent pseudonyms.

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