Review of the Week: Last Things by Marissa Moss

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Last Things: A Graphic Memoir About ALS
Marissa Moss (Conari)
9781573246989 | $27.95 CAN
PB + flaps | Illustrations | 176 pages | May 2017
Distributed in Canada by Georgetown Publications

Last Things is the true and intensely personal story of how Marissa Moss – best known for the Amelia’s Notebook series (over 5 million sold) – coped with the devastating effects of her husband’s ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and the disease’s catastrophic impact on her family. This is a story of resilience, and how a family survived a terrible loss and grew in spite of it.

Reviewers are taking note. School Library Journal calls Last Things “absolutely riveting.”

Moss uses simple line drawings with ink-washed grays for this poignant account…from diagrams of [her husband’s] breathing equipment to frank descriptions of patient denial and stigma. Perhaps the first graphic memoir about a spouse’s death, this personal human drama touches on experiences that everyone has sooner or later. An eye-opener for adults and teens concerned about health care. – School Library Journal

From Booklist:

[Moss’] signature, playful artistic style offers a much needed dose of hopefulness when presenting images of sterile hospital recovery rooms…[and] fully exposes herself as a selfish, sentimental, and wildly resilient human being. The confessional, warts-and-all honesty of Moss’ heartbreaking story gives an empowering glimpse into the realities of unexpected loss. – Booklist

Last Things has also been endorsed by The ALS Association (Golden West Chapter) saying:

From her front-line perspective, Marissa Moss bravely shares her family’s challenges during her husband’s journey with ALS in a very personal way. We are grateful for her efforts to raise awareness and support for people living with ALS and their families.

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