Brunch Book Club discusses Marrow by Elizabeth Lesser. Take time out of the holiday craziness, and spend an hour for yourself.
•Elizabeth Lesser’s book Broken Open was a New York Times bestseller, debuting at the #2 spot and staying on the bestseller list for 4 consecutive weeks, 5 weeks total. Furthermore, it remains a popular inspirational book today.
•Oprah fell in love with Broken Open in 2005, endorsing it and having Lesser on the show. As cofounder of the Omega Institute—also an Oprah favorite—Lesser is invited back frequently, appearing on Super Soul Sunday and in other programs to discuss spirituality and what it means to lead an authentic life.
•Marrow will include a P.S. section featuring original journal entries from Elizabeth Lesser’s sister, Maggie.
Elizabeth Lesser 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
“Every page of Marrow is rich with love. The love that Lesser describes for her sister is not always the simple kind of love (nor should it be; families are not always easy, after all) but it is love that is just as equally weighted by realism and as it is lightened by mysticism. It is real love, and it is powerful, and it is transformative. This is truly a beautiful book, and an important one.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic
Throughout her life, Elizabeth Lesser has sought understanding about what it means to be true to oneself and at the same time truly connected to the ones we 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, upending 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 of their lives.
But Maggie’s body does not ultimately prevail in the fight against relentless illness. As she and Lesser prepare for the inevitable, they grow ever closer, their shared blood cells becoming a symbol of their enduring bond. Told with suspense and humor, Marrow is joyous and heartbreaking, incandescent and profound, revealing how even the 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 center of oneself.