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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,665 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Buckley Narrator: Christopher Buckley Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In twelve months between 2007 and 2008, Christopher Buckley coped with the passing of his father, William F. Buckley, the father of the modern conservative movement, and his mother, Patricia Taylor Buckley, one of New York’s most glamorous and colorful socialites. He was their only child, and their relationship was close and complicated.

As Buckley tells the story of their final year together, he takes listeners on a surprisingly entertaining tour through hospitals, funeral homes, and memorial services, capturing the heartbreaking and disorienting feeling of becoming a fifty-five-year-old orphan.

Just as Calvin Trillin and Joan Didion gave solace and insight into the experience of losing a spouse, Christopher Buckley offers consolation, wit, and warmth to those coping with the death of a parent, while telling a unique personal story of life with legends.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Smartly written…an improbably funny book that will hit home hard…Read it and chortle. Read it and weep.”

    New York Times

  • “Christopher Buckley’s Losing Mum and Pup appears like a cheerful beacon…Buckley’s remembrance of his famous folks is refreshingly different…What you remember from Losing Mum and Pup aren’t the sad endings; you end Losing Mum and Pup dazzled by the Buckleys as people.”

    USA Today

  • “Intense, beautifully written and often achingly personal…One suspects that somewhere, beyond all this, Bill and Pat Buckley are very proud of their son.”

    Washington Post

  • Losing Mum and Pup is a subtle, fond, and, above all, honest chronicle of his celebrated parents. This is an important work, at once unsparing and gracious—and that is no small achievement…The anecdotes are rich and numerous…Buckley has pulled off what eludes many writers: he has written candidly but not unkindly about people whose vices and virtues he sees clearly.”


  • One of the 2009 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nancy Carbajal | 2/19/2014

    " Fantastic! Christopher Buckley has written a very funny book on a not so funny subject, the lose of ones own parents, and a loss so close within each others death. Between the heartbreak and tears, Buckley doesnt hold back punches and allows that his parents were very human, with faults, but also with loving and fond memories. Its not so much funny as I found it very witty and enjoyed hearing the stories of Willian F. Buckley Jr. as known by only a son would have knowledge of, it helps that his son is also a writer and has a way with aptley putting into humorous context the life of his famous father, their relationship and getting two funerals done, along with a piece of advice on how to handle this best. Well done sir! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chrishna | 2/18/2014

    " Ah, if only I could be as well-spoken and eloquent as Christopher Buckley. I appreciate his willingness to discuss issues in a constructive fashion. We need much, much more of this in our national discussions! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Christine | 2/18/2014

    " I am not going to finish this one. Just couldn't get into the lifestyle of the rich and famous - too much name dropping, too much money spent on (to me) frivolous things, AND too many stories about money saved because of said connections with the rich and famous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katherine | 2/18/2014

    " I found this book absorbing more for creating the world that William Buckley inhabited than any real insights about dealing with the death of parents. "

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