"She's in a better place now," adults say again and again. But mortality doesn't seem better, it seems stupid. This forthright exploration of grief and mourning recognizes the anger, confusion, and fear that we feel about death. Necessary, beautiful, and ultimately reassuring, Death Is Stupid is an invaluable tool for discussing death, but also the possibilities for celebrating life and love.
The Ordinary Terrible Things Series shows children who navigate trouble with their senses on alert and their souls intact. In these stories of common childhood crises, help may come from family, counselors, teachers, or dreams--but crucially, it's the children themselves who find their way to cope and grow.
About the Author
Anastasia Higginbotham's books about ordinary, terrible things tell stories of children who navigate trouble with their senses on alert and their souls intact. The books take on divorce, death, bullying, illness, confusion about sex, and sexual abuse--for starters. Her essays have appeared in Ms., Bitch, Glamour, The Women's Review of Books, and in the anthologies Listen Up, 33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women's History, and Yes Means Yes. Higginbotham grew up in Washington, PA, and now writes for NYC nonprofits that combats injustice by empowering those it harms. Her website is www.anastasiahigginbotham.com.