Scott’s remarks on receiving the Order of Lincoln from the State of Illinois
Governor Rauner, members of the Lincoln Academy, and my far more distinguished fellow honorees:
Thank you. This is the greatest honor I have received—since my wife and children came into my life….
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“Deeply affecting… Mr. Simon’s cocktail of humor, honesty and compassion, is a powerful tonic…If not being quiet about death is becoming the new normal, Mr. Simon’s Unforgettable is one of its cornerstones.”
Steven Petrow, NYTimes
Instant New York Times Bestseller
Amazon “Best Book of the Month”
Morning Joe “Book Club Pick”
“A book that easily matches its title….
When Scott Simon began tweeting pain, love and conversation from his mother’s deathbed in an intensive-care unit in July 2013, he turned personal grief into collective emotion. Sharing painful moments and insights…Simon broke ground in the uses of social media. He was alone with his mother for most of those days at the hospital. Yet millions sat vigil with him, sobbing and laughing at the life and wisdom of 84-year-old Patricia Lyons Simon Newman. Now, with “Unforgettable,” Simon reveals not the possibilities of social media but its limits. However intimate those 140-character bursts, they seem inadequate compared with the skilled unspooling of this memoir about growing up alongside his mother in their beloved Chicago and of caring for her in the final breaths.”
Scott Simon recorded his thoughts when he began tweeting from his mother’s death bed. Watch the video courtesy of The Daily Beast.