"Every survivor of suicide* (or attempted suicide) will find his or her 'story' and its specific hardships touched on in this book. Information on suicide can be hard to read, but knowing that you are not alone, and being educated on facts (such as most people who die by suicide do not leave a note), can give great comfort. Even if you think you know everything ever published on suicide, as I did, you will surely find facts and insights new to you. This book is a must have."
-- Surviving Suicide, a publication of the American Association of Suicidology
*A suicide survivor or survivor of suicide is a person who has lived through the suicide of a colleague, friend, or family member.
Eric Marcus is the author of Why Suicide? Questions & Answers About Suicide, Suicide Prevention, and Coping with the Suicide of Someone You Know (HarperOne). An expert on surviving the suicide of a colleague, friend, or family member, Marcus lost his own father to suicide at the age of 12. Drawing from his own experience and extensive research, Marcus presents audiences with an informal and nonjudgmental guide for people whose lives have been touched by suicide. Answering questions from "What are some of the most common myths about suicide?" to "Is it against the law for someone to kill himself?" he sheds much-needed light on all aspects of suicide. An accomplished speaker, he has addressed audiences at Dartmouth College, Wal-Mart, Bowdoin College, Unilever, Pomona College, and Vassar College.
Marcus is also the author of several other books, including Is It A Choice?, Making Gay History, and What If Someone I Know Is Gay?, a book for teens and their parents. He is also the co-author of Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times best-selling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis.
Marcus is a former associate producer for both Good Morning America and CBS Morning News. He is a graduate of Vassar College and earned his master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He currently serves on the national board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
He lives in New York City.
Praise for Why Suicide?:
"A must-read book for anyone whose life has been touched by suicide. It's compassionate, informative, and heartfelt. Do yourself a favor and start the healing with this splendid book!"
-- Dear Abby
"It would have been such a comfort to have read this book after I lost my husband Edgar to suicide."
-- Joan Rivers
"This is exactly the book I searched for, but did not find, after my sister took her life nearly twenty years ago. What Eric Marcus knows so well is that for those of us left grieving, suicide is an emotional cataclysm whose shock waves pummel us with too many questions, questions that multiply too quickly and too painfully, often for years to follow. Those questions, and their possible answers, are the backbone of this plainspoken, kind, consoling book - woven together with the reflections of people who, like the author, have endured this particularly cruel and lonely kind of heartbreak. What survivors of suicide need most of all is a wise comrade, not a counselor. Eric Marcus is that very comrade."
-- Julia Glass, National Book Award-winning author of I See You Everywhere and The Widower's Tale
"Eric Marcus' personal experience with the suicide of his father at age twelve gives this book both its passion and its authenticity. His writing is clear, his research is extensive, the need for this book is obvious. Why Suicide? is a must read for anyone who is a student of life."
-- John Shelby Spong, author of Eternal Life: A New Vision -- Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell
"A marvelous addition to suicidology collections as well as a solid choice for bibliotherapy; it should find a place in every public library collection."
-- Library Journal
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