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How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences

How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences is now available for pre-order (see links below). The book will be officially published March, 2020, from the University of Nebraska Press.


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"Silverman's new book is a joyously unconventional memoir written at least in part as a hedge against mortality. It will shake loose memories, invite you to ponder, and, maybe best of all, make you laugh. This is a marvelously written, imaginative, and seriously funny book." Abigail Thomas, New York Times best-selling author


"With true originality and wit, Silverman takes readers on a wild ride through time, memory, pleasure, and trauma. What remains is a deeply human portrait of one woman's resilience and the power of her spirit. I couldn't put it down." Christina Haag, New York Times bestselling author of Come to the Edge: A Love Story


 BITCH MEDIA: "One of 9 Essay Collections Feminists Should Read in 2020."

"Who is afraid of dying? I definitely am. Even thinking about death—mine or the death of someone who's close to me—sends me into a panic attack, and I'm not alone in this fear. In his 1997 book The Denial of Death, Earnest Becker wrote, "The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else." Memoirist and poet Sue William Silverman, who teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts' MFA in Writing program, is also terrified of dying. How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences is Silverman confronting that fear, connecting it the lingering trauma from a sexual assault, and exploring how her deathphobia has dictated so much of her life—from visiting emergency rooms for imagined illnesses to bending to the whims of an overly strict piano teacher. Silverman's fourth memoir is really about coming to terms with physical death while seeking to create immortal work." Evette Dionne



Author's Note  000

Ultima Thule     000

Fate 1


spins the thread of life


The Eternal Reign of Miss Route 17      000

13 Ways of Surviving New Jersey         000

Miss Route 17 Refuses to Grow Old     000

The Three Fates: How Much Is the Moon Worth?        000

The Remarkable Death-Defying Exploits of Miss Route 17        000

Until My Number Comes Up    000

Requiem for a Qwertyist           000

My Death in the Family 000

The Three Fates: Drawing the Shades   000

A Member of the Wedding       000


Fate 2


measures the thread of life to determine how long you live


The Sick Hypochondriac          000

The Three Fates: On Tedium     000

The Safe Side   000

My Life as a Thanatologist        000

The Janet Leigh Variations        000

The Summer of Hate and Death000

Here Be Human Dragons          000

Miss Route 17's Near-Death Experience Under the Boardwalk at the New Jersey Shore          000

Sigilisms of Miss Route 17's Many Hidden Talents        000

Death Comes for the Poet         000

Flirting with the Butcher000

The Three Fates and the Barefoot Angels          000


Fate 3


cuts the thread of life with a pair of shears to decide how someone dies


At the Terminal Gate     000

Miss Route 17's Own Graceland          000

Memorabilia: My Guardian Devils and The Phantom of the Opera Gloves          000

The Three Fates: When You Go           000

Of Chrysanthemums, Tupperware, Cremated Remains, and FedEx-ing to the Great Beyond      000

Miss Route 17's Blue Period    000

The Three Fates: Filling in the Blanks     000

On the Reliance of Verbs to Survive Death        000

The Queen of Panmnesia          000


Acknowledgments        000

Notes   000