Gloucester: Sawyer Free Library


Knocking on heaven's door : the path to a better way of death / Katy Butler.


  • ISBN: 9781451641974 (hbk.)
  • ISBN: 1451641974 (hbk.)
  • ISBN: 9781451641998 (ebk.)
  • ISBN: 1451641990 (ebk.)
  • Description: 322 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013.

Available copies

Current holds

1 current hold with 15 total copies.

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Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 616.029/Butler (Text to phone) Available -
Beverly Main NEW R 726.8 .B884 2013 (Text to phone) Checked out 08/08/2014
Danvers New Books R 726.8 B884 2013 (Text to phone) Available -
Everett - Parlin Memorial Adult New Books NEW 616.029/B985k (Text to phone) Available -
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction R276.8 .B884 2013 (Text to phone) Available -
Marblehead Adult New Nonfiction NEW 616.029 BUTLER 2013 (Text to phone) Available -
Melrose New Books (Browsing Room) 616.029 Butler (Text to phone) Checked out 08/12/2014
Northern Essex - Haverhill Campus Stacks R726.8 .B884 2013 (Text to phone) Available -
Peabody Main Adult Nonfiction R 726.8 .B88 2013 (Text to phone) Available -
Peabody South Branch Adult New Nonfiction NEW R 726.8 .B88 2013 (Text to phone) Available -
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Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-313).
Contents Note: Pt. 1: The stroke. Along came a blackbird ; A year of grace ; Rites of passage -- Pt. 2: Fast medicine. The tyranny of hope ; Inventing lifesaving and transforming death ; My father's open heart -- Pt. 3: Ordeal. Not getting better ; Dharma sisters ; Broke-down palace ; White water -- Pt. 4: Rebellion. The sorcerer's apprentice ; The business of lifesaving ; Deactivation -- Pt. 5: Acceptance. The art of dying ; Afterward -- Pt. 6: Grace. Valerie makes up her mind ; Old plum tree bent and gnarled -- Pt. 7: Into the light. A better way of death ; A map through the labyrinth ; Notes for a new art of dying.
Summary: "A blend of memoir and investigation of the choices we face when our terror of death collides with the technological imperatives of modern medicine"-- Provided by publisher.