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Publisher's Summary

The author of the New York Times best seller Broken Open returns with a visceral and profound memoir of two sisters who, in the face of a bone marrow transplant - one the donor and one the recipient - begin a quest for acceptance, authenticity, and, most of all, love.

A mesmerizing and courageous memoir: the story of two sisters uncovering the depth of their love through the life-and-death experience of a bone marrow transplant.

Throughout her life Elizabeth Lesser has sought understanding about what it means to be true to yourself and, at the same time, truly connected to the ones you love. But when her sister, Maggie, needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life, and Lesser learns that she is the perfect match, she faces a far more immediate and complex question about what it really means to love - honestly, generously, and authentically.

Hoping to give Maggie the best chance possible for a successful transplant, the sisters dig deep into the marrow of their relationship to clear a path to unconditional acceptance. They leave the bone marrow transplant up to the doctors but take on what Lesser calls a "soul marrow transplant", examining their family history, having difficult conversations, examining old assumptions, and offering forgiveness until all that is left is love for each other's true selves. Their process - before, during, and after the transplant - encourages them to take risks of authenticity in other aspects their lives.

But life does not follow the storylines we plan for it. Maggie's body is ultimately too weak to fight the relentless illness. As she and Lesser prepare for the inevitable, they grow ever closer, and their shared blood cells become a symbol of the enduring bond they share.

Told with suspense and humor, Marrow is joyous and heartbreaking, incandescent and profound. The story reveals how even our most difficult experiences can offer unexpected spiritual growth. Reflecting on the multifaceted nature of love - love of other, love of self, love of the world - Marrow is an unflinching and beautiful memoir about getting to the very centers of ourselves.

©2016 Elizabeth Lesser (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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A MUST read!

This is a beautifully written story with many life lessons woven into it. One of the most powerful books I've ever read. I am now a huge fan of Elizabeth Lesser.

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Poignant Story of Sibling Love and Spirituality

True story of sisters who share a perfect match in blood type, leading to the potential for one to save the other's life. Sally Field is a wonderful narrator and the story moved me to laughter and tears many times throughout. Might be hard for someone currently fighting cancer to listen to, but highly recommended if you're helping a friend or relative go through it.

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“ Love came first “

Once in a while you read a book that stays with you long after you finish it. This is one of those books. It’s a beautiful story about love between sisters and the lengths they go to for one another. I highly recommend this book, and in particular this audiobooks performed by Sally Field❤️

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WHAT A LOVE STORY IT IS💕

My brother in law died from lymphoma mid way through my reading of this book. A 2-month diagnosis. He was 44 and lived 2 months and 1 day. This book helped lots. Thank you E. Lesser

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Beautiful book

Elizabeth lesser is a beautiful writer. I enjoyed this book so much. Her writing was honest and I was able to feel her pain and love. And the reading by Sally Field was perfect. She read it unbelievably well. I am so thankful as she was able to give Elizabeth's words the justice it deserved. Powerful, gentle, loving story. Thank you.

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Fabulous book, wonderful reading

The depth and sensitivity of this magnificent book take you on a journey into what matters most in life--our connections with others and with our selves. Elizabeth Lesser's journey is both personal and universal, and Sally Field's exquisite narration of this narrative brings the power and profundity of the story to life in vivid emotional communication that makes this audio book a deeply moving experience to become immersed in and to grow from. Bravo!

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too self-helpy

also, not enough angst and turmoil. not enough of Maggie's own voice. "Grace and Grit" is still my fave cancer story, but this one's pretty good too.

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Comforting, enjoyable and well written

This is a moving story. I laughed, I learned, and I cried. It's a perfect and comforting read, especially if you are or have lost a loved one to cancer. I want to give it to my sisters.

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Don't miss out on this amazing book!

This is an incredible story in many different ways. With a reading by Sally Field it made it all that much better. You will not be disappointed with the emotions, lessons, and experience of this book!

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Real, honest love until the end.

What a story and every word is filled with love. Sally Field's performance makes the story come alive.

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AMAZING

Probably THE MOST beautiful book I have listened to/read. Perfectly narrated by Sally Fields. Thank you Elizabeth Lesser 💞