Writer Susan Spencer-Wendel dies at 47


Image Credit: J Pat Carter/AP

Writer Susan Spencer-Wendel has died at the age of 47 at her West Palm Beach, Florida, home, The Associated Press reports.

Five years ago, the writer was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerorsis, a neurodegenerative disease commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, when she was reporting at The Palm Beach Post. In response to the diagnosis, Spencer-Wendel went traveling with her family, vowing to enjoy the time she had left. Those journeys turned into the memoir Until I Say Good-bye.

Until I Say Good-bye isn’t a “pity me” type book though: “If you think it’s funny, then we’ve made it home,” Spencer-Wendel told NPR in 2013. The memoir later made it to the top of The New York Times‘ best-seller list.

Last year, Spencer-Wendel wrote a piece that appeared on Today‘s website about how she stays positive in the face of declining health: “I find it helpful to focus on space and nature and the remarkable things found there,” she wrote. “And how sunsets, though an ending, are sublime.”

Latest Videos in Books


From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP