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 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 grandmother, only to flee with her family the political upheaval of her country in the late 1970s Loaded into a rickety boat with three hundred other refugees, Julie made it to Hong Kong and, ultimately, America, where a surgeon at UCLA gave her partial sight She would go on to become a Harvard educated lawyer, with a husband, a family, and a life she had once assumed would be impossible Then, at age thirty seven, with two little girls at home, Julie was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and a different journey began The Unwinding of the Miracle is the story of a vigorous life refracted through the prism of imminent death When she was first diagnosed, Julie Yip Williams sought clarity and guidance through the experience and, finding none, began to write her way through it a chronicle that grew beyond her imagining Motherhood, marriage, the immigrant experience, ambition, love, wanderlust, tennis, fortune tellers, grief, reincarnation, jealousy, comfort, pain, the marvel of the body in full rebellion this book is as sprawling and majestic as the life it records It is inspiring and instructive, delightful and shattering It is a book of indelible moments, seared deep an incomparable guide to living vividly by facing hard truths consciously.With humor, bracing honesty, and the cleansing power of well deployed anger, Julie Yip Williams set the stage for her lasting legacy and one final miracle the story of her life. Free Download Books The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After Author Julie Yip-Williams – heartforum.co.uk

Julie Yip Williams died in March 2018 of colon cancer She was born in Tam Ky, Vietnam, just as the war was ending, grew up in Monterey Park, California, and graduated from Williams College and Harvard Law School At her death she was forty two, and lived in Brooklyn with her husband, Josh, and their daughters, Mia and Isabelle.


      The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After
 By Julie Yip-Williams IBN : 0525511350 Format : Hardcover – heartforum.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 315 pages
  • The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After
  • Julie Yip-Williams
  • English
  • 19 November 2018
  • 0525511350

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

  1. Bkwmlee says:

    A few of my library holds came in recently so I am taking a much needed break from the ARCs I ve been working through in the hopes that I am able to finish the books before they are due back to the library One book that I ve been wanting to read since I heard of its publication earlier in the year is Julie Yip Williams s posthumously published memoirThe Unwinding of the MiracleJulie died a year ago, in March 2018, succumbing to metastatic colon cancer at the age of 42 Back when she was di A few of my library holds came in recently so I am taking a much needed break from the ARCs I ve been working through in the hopes that I am able to finish the books before they are due back to the library One book that I ve been wanting to read since I heard of its publication earlier in the year is Julie Yip Williams s posthumously published memoirThe Unwinding of the MiracleJulie died a year ago, in March 2018, succumbing to metastatic colon cancer at the age of 42 Back when she was diagnosed in 2013, Julie tried to seek guidance through experiences that were already out there, but couldn t find any that dealt with her unique situation, so she decided to write her own She started a blog where she chronicled not only her battle with the cancer that she knew would eventually kill her, but also her life journey, one made evenharrowing ...

  2. erica says:

    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 isn t one of those books targeted at cancer patients, cancer survivors, and their families This is a book with a powerful message for everyone life can be terribly unfair sometimes, and it s devastating You re allow 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, T...

  3. Dianne says:

    Julie Yip Williams was diagnosed with Stage VI colon cancer in 2013 at the age of 37 Her memoir has been crafted from a series of blog entries she wrote to chronicle her life, both for herself and for her young daughters who would survive her when she died five years later.Julie s life was remarkable in many ways Born blind to Chinese parents in South Vietnam in 1976, Julie s paternal grandmother ordered her mother to take Julie to an herbalist who would give her a concoction to kill her so sh Julie Yip Williams was diagnosed with Stage VI colon cancer...

  4. Diane says:

    This is one of those bewitching books that found me when I really needed it The Unwinding of the Miracle is a difficult book to describe When I was trying to tell a friend about it, I settled on Cancer Grief Memoir, but that doesn t fully capture its impact The author started writing it when she was diagnosed with colon cancer and wasn t expected to livethan a few years It s the story of Julie s cancer experience, but it s also a story of her incredible life journey and a reminder of This is one of those bewitching books that found me when I really needed it The Unwinding...

  5. Louise Wilson says:

    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 that we all revolve around, but no one expects or wants to die that young Julie s parents lived in Communist Vietnam When Julie was born, s...

  6. Val Robson says:

    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 2018 She lists all the different cancer drugs she s had or considered with a lot of detail about the results of ongoing blood tests, MRI, PET, CAT scans, CEA levels, etc I feel very bad about giving such a review a 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 2018 She lists all the different cancer drugs she s had or considered with a lot of detail about the results of ongoing blood tests, MRI, PET, CAT scans, CEA levels, etc I feel very bad about giving such a review about someone s memoir who has died but I did struggle with many things she had to say but mostly her many references to Slutty Second Wife such as I understand that if I die, Josh will need companionship and my girls will need a mother figure, and I m okay with that But I will state here for the record and to get this off my chest, any woman who encroaches on our relationship while I am still living will have to answer to me And to her and the Slutty ...

  7. Connie G says:

    Julie Yip William s early life involved a series of miracles She was born in Vietnam with congenital cataracts causing blindness, and the surgeons had fled the country at the end of the Vietnam War Her grandmother wanted the disabled girl to be given a lethal poison, but the herbalist refused Then her family escaped to Hong Kong on an overloaded, leaky boat They eventually came to the United States where she had surgery on her eyes She was still legally blind, but could read with a magnifyi Julie Yip William s early life involved a series of miracles She was born in Vietnam with congenital cataracts causing blindness, and the surgeons had fled the country at the end of the Vietnam War Her grandmother wanted the disabled girl to be given a lethal poison, but the herbalist refused Then her family escaped to Hong Kong on an overloaded, leaky boat They eventually came to the United States where she had sur...

  8. Stephanie Borders says:

    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 inevitable She knew her disease would kill her, sooner rather than later She was heartsick at the thought of leaving her two young daughters motherless At the same time, death is the ending that we all must face, and Yip 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 s...

  9. Candice Lee says:

    I feel bad writing this review as I don t wish to speak ill 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 daughte...

  10. Ericka Clouther says:

    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 being diagnosed or read a lot of literature throughout their life The worst are a hodgepodge of memoir and random deep thoughts with no organizing theme In this case, the life story of Yip Williams is somewhat intere 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 being diagnosed or read a lot of literature throughout their life The worst are a hodgepodge of memoir and random deep thoughts with no organizing theme In this case, the life story of Yip Williams is somewhat interesting though spread out throughout the book I m especially interested in her solo legally blind travels, but unfortunately, she didn t describe that in any detail Otherwise, I would only recommend this to people who want to mine the book for colon cancer specifics, which admittedly might be useful Also, the whole thing about her husband s hypothetical second wife was a bit mu...

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