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9 New Books That Carry on the Spirit of Their Deceased Authors

Posthumously published books are a bittersweet sort of thing. It’s like time and life carry on whether the author is around or not. It’s just plain sad, but then there’s the brighter side. Before their time was up these author’s gave us one more piece of joy to remember them by. And if that ain’t beautiful, I don’t know what is.

 

The last year or two have had some big posthumous books that caught our attention and have us happy yet missing, pleased yet pondering. Washington Post collected some of the great authors who walked the earth with us readers along with their books. Check out the authors’ final word and a get your latest book recommendation.

 

1.  After the Fire by Henning Mankell

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An older man’s life is forever change when his house catches fire on the lonely, isolated island where he lives. There is something to learn and realize from this one.

 

2. The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume 1: 1940-1956 by Sylvia Plath

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These never-before-seen letters lace themselves together with the experiences of Plath like marriage, friends, family, travelling, and more. From youth to adulthood, you will be with Plath on the journey of her life. 
 
 
 
3. Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales by P.D. James 
 
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Get into the head or a murderer with emotions, urges, rationalizations, dreams, and thoughts with this book. James leaves nothing out and no stone unturned.

 

4. Don’t Save Anything: Uncollected Essays, Articles, and Profiles by James Salter 

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Salter’s style of writing is recognizable anywhere. It has a voice that has inspired us from the beginning and it’s the nonfiction collection that may very well be his best work.

 

5. Chronicles of a Liquid Society by Umberto Eco

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Eco’s final work illuminates us on things from pop culture and politics to individualism and finding inspiration. What is there for us to hang onto and look up to in the world? Eco discusses this in a witty and charming way that leaves us dazzled.

 

6. The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks

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Sacks was the writer who was just as proficient in science as he was written word. From anatomy and psychology to disorders many of us know well today, he broke through them all with rich research. His work is the epitome of knowledge and passion. 

 

7. In Gratitude by Jenny Diski

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With months left to live Diski manages to recount her life after being taken in by notable author Doris Lessing and the memories that followed. From teenage years to letting her true voice speak despite terminal illness, Diski left her mark.

 

8. Complete Stories by Kurt Vonnegut

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The man, the myth, the legend has five unpublished stories for us as well as a few that not many people have ever seen. His artistry is what we want and it’s exactly what we get.

 

9. Spy of the First Person by Sam Shepard

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The writer, actor, and musician has haunting prose told by a mysterious narrator about life, their surroundings, and immigration. Inclusion is a recurring theme and Shepard is missed even more for it. 

 

Enjoy these new works, by the authors who still change our lives everyday.

 

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Sam Shepard Has Died

Sam Shepard passed away Thursday due to complications of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Known primarily as a trailblazing surrealist playwright, Shepard pushed boundaries of what it means to live in America in plays like “True West” (1980) and “Fool for Love” (1983).

 

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Shepard received the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for “Buried Child.” The play deconstructs the concept of the “American Dream” and the dissolution of the traditional nuclear family.

 

Young Sam Shepard

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Shepard was also familiar to moviegoers with roles in films like “The Right Stuff,” for which he received a Best Supporting Actor nomination in the Academy Awards. More recently, Shepard had a role in Netflix’s “Bloodline.”

 

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