Betty Rollin’s riveting account of her struggle to come to terms with her mother’s last wish is more than a thoughtful examination of the ethical, spiritual, and technical aspects of assisted suicide. It is also a celebration of her imperfect loving family, a passionate testament to her mother’s character and courage, and a compelling argument for the right of the terminally ill to humane and dignified death. This intimate and fiercely honest memoir puts an unforgettable human face to an issue we often consider only in the abstract … until we are forced to do otherwise. It is a provocative reading for anyone concerned about their own choices at life’s end, for anyone facing responsibility for aging or ill friends or relatives, and for the physicians, lawmakers, judges, spiritual leaders, and citizens now debating the legal status of assisted suicide throughout the United States. By Betty Rollin. PB. VG+. 257 pages. Public Affairs: 1998.