What’s the book about suicide with the plunger on the cover?

fso coverIt’s this: Figuring Shit Out: Love, Laughter, Suicide, and Survival, my memoir of the first rough (in all ways) year after the suicide of my husband of 20 years, author and journalist Christopher D. Ringwald.  He died; my children and I coped, sometimes expelling tears and snot, sometimes expelling laughter. And life unfolded before us, changed but still rich with blessings.

It was released in October 2014 by Behler Publications.

In case it’s not obvious, Figuring Sh!t Out is not a book about a light or happy subject. Nonetheless, I have never laughed so often or so loudly while reading a book about something so devastating, and that’s the genius of Amy Biancolli’s writing. She made me cry plenty, too–don’t get me wrong. But in this collection of short chapter snapshots of her life in the year or so following her husband’s suicide, laughter reigns. “Maybe” she writes at one point, “laughter is it . . . Maybe laughter is the only bridge we have between the light and the dark, the joy and the pain.”  -Mid-Atlantic Librarian

Figuring Sh!t Out: Love, Laughter, Suicide, and Survival is a warm and welcome addition to the growing literature on surviving suicide. . . .Biancolli offers no advice or pat solutions for dealing with suicide and clearly recognizes that the pain that she and her family have experienced will never completely go away. But in the process she provides an excellent guide to surviving suicide with grace and grit and a willingness to embrace life in all its joys and sorrows.”  – David N. Miller, PhD, American Association of Suicidology

3 thoughts on “What’s the book about suicide with the plunger on the cover?

  1. Oh. My. God One of the best books I have ever read. I cried when I finished…because there was no more to read! I also cried while reading it, as well as truly Laughed Out Loud! And paused, and took in some of her wisdom.
    This thing called life…it is precious.

  2. Dear Amy, I just finished your book and it was a wonderful, irreverent, touching book that spoke directly to me. I commend you for writing this because your words have helped me through the suicide of my husband only six weeks ago. There were parts that described so perfectly the utter jumble of feelings associated with the suicide of a loved one. I hope you get this note.

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