Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences” by Sue William Silverman, Nebraska Press, 2020 for Suzy Approved Book Tours
Sue William Silverman, author “How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences” has written a unique and intriguing memoir. There are individual essays in this book that deal with the author’s obsession and fear of death. The author addresses traumatic, devastating, and stressful events in her life, as she negotiates the highways of her thoughts and memories.
The author also skirts and flirts with some dangerous situations that could have had a more tragic outcome. The author walks under the Jersey boardwalk at night by herself or hitches a ride on a motorcycle with a stranger, destination unknown.
The author recalls her first “death”, which is emotional at 4 years of age. She also mentions her love and freedom of playing the piano, until it represents bad memories for her. She mentions her dysfunctional family, her mother’s psychosomatic illnesses, her father being overly affectionate in an inappropriate way, and then show extreme anger later in life.
Although the author is obsessed with death, she finds that she also is frightened that she won’t live. She goes to the emergency room when she fears that she is ill, and is told several times it is in her mind. Other times, there is really something wrong. One time, the author has severe side pain, and then it goes away. It is only by contacting the doctor that she finds out her appendix nearly has ruptured. She takes an antibiotic for one infection and winds up with 2 occurrences of C.-diff, which have her really sick, and she fears antibiotics.
Through hypnosis and therapy, Sue William Silverman uncovers some of the reasons for her emotional burdens, and memories. She embraces the “Me-Too” movement. This is an emotional and thought-provoking memoir.