New books explore dying, a brave bishop, and leaving Westboro Baptist Church

This review roundup includes an examination of the question of physician-assisted suicide; a biography about Thomas Gumbleton; and a memoir about leaving a notorious fundamentalist church.

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Family abandonment features in three new memoirs

Fall Books, review roundup: Inconvenient Memories hinges on Anna Wang's experience with Tiananmen Square and her grandmother; John Connell writes about cows and his father; and Claudia D. Hernández can't get over her mother.

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Growing old, growing up, growing whole

Book Reviews: A chock-full of wisdom memoir that encourages women as they age, a heartwrenching read about a woman and her absent mother and an inspiring story of a mother's will to survive.

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Books explore Merton the writer, Religion 101 and Antarctic ice

Book reviews: Mary Gordon probes Merton's dual identities; Barbara Brown Taylor finds God in the faith of others; Jean McNeil uncovers the meaning of winter for the Earth and herself.