The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After

The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After

As a young mother facing a terminal diagnosis, Julie Yip-Williams began to write her story, a story like no other. What began as the chronicle of an imminent and early death became something much more--a powerful exhortation to the living. That Julie Yip-Williams survived infancy was a miracle. Born blind in Vietnam, she narrowly escaped euthanasia at the hands of her grand As a young mother facing a terminal diagnosis, Julie Yip-Williams began to write her story, a story like no other. Wh...

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Title:The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After
Author:Julie Yip-Williams
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:0525511350
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After Reviews

  • Kristen
    Feb 25, 2019
    There is so much to admire in this book. It is incredibly well-written and honest. That said- while other books in this genre (a genre I like to call ?women my age with children my children?s age who die?) are inspirational, this one is more realistic. And I cannot express how mu...
  • Kirsten
    Dec 30, 2018
    Julie was a friend of a friend; I never met her. This is dark and intense. I had to read it in little chunks, so I wouldn?t get overwhelmed. I especially liked her attacks on what she called the ?hope industrial complex.? I so admire her honesty, even when it gets dark and bru...
  • Stephanie Borders
    Sep 24, 2018
    Julie Yip-Williams was only 37 when she was diagnosed with the colon cancer that would eventually kill her. Married, with a burgeoning law career and two young daughters, Yip-Williams spent the next five years coming to terms with what death means. Her goal was to embrace the inevitabl...
  • Kathy
    Feb 15, 2019
    I won an ebook from Goodreads, this did not influence my review. Three and a half stars. Yip-William's memoir is a personal account of the last four years of her life facing a terminal diagnosis due to metastatic colorectal cancer. The book is organized chronologically and at fir...
  • Ericka Clouther
    Mar 06, 2019
    I lost both of my parents to cancer, my dad when he was 61 and I was 31, and my mom when she was 60 and I was 38. Since losing my dad I?ve read a lot, including a number of these end of life books. The good ones come from people who either gave thought to how to live life before bein...
  • erica
    Dec 29, 2018
    In the vein of Until I Say Goodbye: A Book about Living, When Breath Becomes Air, and The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying, The Unwinding of the Miracle is an incredibly personal memoir about death and dying but that is ultimately, triumphantly, about life and living. This ...
  • Liz
    Dec 21, 2018
    Heartbreaking doesn't begin to describe the emotional territory navigated in this memoir of the life, illness and death of a vibrant young mother stricken with metastatic colon cancer at the age of 37. The miracle of the title refers to the author's survival and good fortune against al...
  • dori
    Dec 03, 2018
    Thank you, Netgalley, for the opportunity to read this book in exhange for an honest review. Given the subject matter, I feel terrible even writing this review - they say one should never speak unkindly of the dead. That's not what I wish to do here, anyway - I simply want to warn ...
  • Rebecca
    Jan 27, 2019
    A lawyer facing late-stage cancer reflects on the happy life she had despite a disability and an inauspicious start, and bids farewell to her family. It was miracle enough to have survived her first few years (blindness, a euthanasia attempt, and fleeing Vietnam by boat), but she event...
  • Shirley Freeman
    Oct 06, 2018
    I loved this beautiful and compelling memoir of living with and dying from colon cancer. Julie Yip-Williams packed a lot of living into her too-short life. She didn't mince words when writing about the awful stuff of cancer but she also wrote with eyes wide open about life, relationshi...
  • Shannon Wise
    Dec 24, 2018
    Julie Yip-Williams should not have been alive at age 37, when she was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. She was born to Chinese parents in Viet Nam, right after the end of the war. She had cataracts that could not be surgically corrected in Viet Nam. Her paternal grandmother sent...
  • Libby
    Feb 21, 2019
    A beautifully written, gut-wrenching account of a woman who has accomplished amazing feats, physically, emotionally and intellectually, only to be stopped in her tracks by the realization that she has stage four metastatic cancer. The book is written in the first person, and the brutal...
  • Christine
    Feb 12, 2019
    Dear Julie, You don?t know me, but I finished reading your book late last night. You?ve been dead for eleven months. I wonder how you are, if you?ve reached the afterlife you so strongly believe in despite your lack of religiosity. I was reluctant to pick up your book. A p...
  • Patricia
    Mar 12, 2019
    I love the title of this book - the author helps us appreciate the miracles of our own lives more fully as her life is winding down. She wrote compellingly and honestly about her years of fighting cancer. I have to admit I was crying through the last chapters. I really appreciate her h...
  • Diana
    Feb 26, 2019
    This is a wonderful book. I was suspicious of it at first. I was worried it was going to be a compilation of recycled blog posts, and maybe it was but ultimately I didn?t care. In fact, it?s good that it was because we join her on her journey. I have little or no patience for repet...
  • Sharyn
    Feb 09, 2019
    I don't like not finishing books, especially those I have received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. But this book has triggers for me and I am finding it a very upsetting read. Also I dislike the facts and stats, the nasty name given to the poor person who might become t...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Dec 18, 2018
    This is almost too sad- but also too loving- to review. Julie Yip-Williams should not have gotten colon cancer, no she should not have. This woman overcame so much in her life and then was hit with this diagnosis even as she was in a good place with her young family. This is unflinchin...
  • Stephen Yoder
    Jan 05, 2019
    I don't weep all the time for books but this one got me. Julie was a lovable character, especially because of her relentless honesty. She reminds me a bit of CZ, a friend of mine who died a few years ago of cancer. I think they would have gotten along well. I enjoyed the emotional pat...
  • Candice Lee
    Jan 26, 2019
    I feel bad writing this review as I don?t wish to speak I?ll of the dead, but this memoir was painful for me to get through. While I can appreciate the value it holds for individuals in similar situations, and I?m sure it?s a wonderful gift for her daughters to remember her by,...
  • Mara
    Mar 04, 2019
    As you might expect from a book compiled from blog posts, written by someone grappling with her life and death, Yip-William's writing in this book vacillates all over the place. Certain passages are beautiful and inspiring, achieving her stated purpose of conveying the insights that sh...
  • Ashlee Bree
    Mar 02, 2019
    Compelling, stark, devastating, and brutally yet altogether poignantly honest. Those are the first words that spring to mind as I endeavor to describe how it felt to read Julie Yip-Williams chronicle her journey with Stage IV metastatic colon cancer because there was no evasion her...
  • Lee Husemann
    Dec 15, 2018
    Julie Yip-Williams was a 37-year-old with a successful career as a lawyer, married and the mother of two small daughters when she was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. She was born in View Nam to Chinese parents after the war ended. She was born with congenital cataracts and her gr...
  • Kathy
    Feb 20, 2019
    The Unwinding of a Miracle is a very open review of the author's life, both prior to her cancer diagnosis and the time after. To anyone given such a diagnosis, kudos to you for withstanding the devastating blow and pulling yourself together to fight for your life while trying to live i...
  • Heather Hyde
    Mar 04, 2019
    This book undid me at the end, so brutally honest and utterly sad! Julie survives her early life - just , and overcomes her sight issues, only 30 years later to be diagnosed with terminal cancer. How do you leave your 2 young children to live their lives without you? To know what?...
  • Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
    Jan 20, 2019
    See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits My Mum died from lung cancer in 2013. The first we knew that she had the disease was the diagnosis of a brain tumour about a year and a half before. Mum was a keen reader, which is no doubt where I get my bookworm tendencies fro...
  • Susan Hampson
    Feb 04, 2019
    The story opens with a harrowing statement from Julie Yip-Williams and I was in tears, something that would continue to happen throughout this book. Each chapter an honest account of 5 years of her life and how her moods changed, her hopes and fears for her family and preparing her hus...
  • Books on Stereo
    Feb 16, 2019
    The Unwinding of the Miracle is, simply, a beautiful mess. Yip Williams unwinds and rewinds her life experiences as a way to comes to terms with her life and subsequent death. It is repetitive and at times grating, however recollecting and reconciling one's life in the facce of death i...
  • Louise Wilson
    Jan 25, 2019
    Julie Yip-Williams was just thirty seven years old when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Married, with two young daughters and with a career in law, she spent five years coming to terms and knowing that eventually her illness would lead to her death. Yes, its the circle of life tha...
  • Val Robson
    Feb 05, 2019
    Julie Yip-Williams has a very interesting story to tell in the 37 years before her colon cancer diagnosis in 2013 but this story is rarely mentioned as the book concentrates on the tests, treatments, clinical trials, pain and side effects she?s endured from diagnosis to her death in ...
  • Annabel Pizzata
    Dec 25, 2018
    This book reminded me a lot of When Breath Becomes Air, which is unsurprising given they are both written by authors with terminal cancer diagnoses and published posthumously. What is surprising is how i failed to connect with this book when i did with When Breath Becomes Air. By all a...