These bestselling memoirs, recently released in paperback, bring original perspectives to dealing with the death of a loved one.
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (Bloomsbury) by Roz Chast is the New Yorker cartoonist's award-winning, wonderfully funny, heartbreaking illustrated story about coping with the aging and deaths of her eccentric parents.
The Light of the World (Grand Central) by Elizabeth Alexander is an acclaimed poet's powerful, beautifully written elegy for her husband, an artist and chef, after his sudden death and an account of how she and her family went on.
M Train (Vintage) by Patti Smith is the punk rock legend's moving account of her world travels, her New York neighborhood and how her life has been reshaped by the death of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor