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“Every life is different, but every death is the same. We live with others. We die alone.”

In his riveting, artfully written memoir The Autobiography of an Execution, David Dow enraptured readers with a searing and frank exploration of his work defending inmates on death row. But when Dow's father-in-law receives his own death sentence in the form of terminal cancer, and his gentle dog Winona suffers acute liver failure, the author is forced to reconcile with death in a far more personal way, both as a son and as a father.

Told through the disparate lenses of the legal battles he’s spent a career fighting, and the intimate confrontations with death each family faces at home, The Things I’ve Learned from Dying offers a poignant and lyrical account of how illness and loss can ravage a family. Full of grace and intelligence, Dow offers readers hope without cliché and reaffirms our basic human needs for acceptance and love by giving voice to the anguish we all face—as parents, as children, as partners, as friends—when our loved ones die tragically, and far too soon.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “David R. Dow’s stories are always compelling. His observations are unflinching and true. Death is a part of daily routine, and in this remarkable book he takes us to the grave and back.”

    John Grisham

  • “David R. Dow has delivered a profound and penetrating meditation on the end of life.”

    Dick Lehr, New York Times bestselling author of Black Mass

  • “In clear, powerful prose, David R. Dow reminds us of an essential truth: that human life remains cheap to the state, and for the rest of us, it is precious, momentary, and wholly fulfilling when embraced.”

    Bryan Mealer, New York Times bestselling author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

  • “A profoundly poignant, singularly wise memoir.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “[A] gracefully told memoir…Dow’s moving tale leaves us with tough questions.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Sad and inspiring reflections of what it means to live, love, and die.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2014
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About the Author

David R. Dow is professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center and an internationally recognized figure in the fight against the death penalty. Nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award for The Autobiography of an Execution, he is also the founder and director of the Texas Innocence Network and has represented more than one hundred death row inmates in their state and federal appeals. He lives in Houston, Texas.