A New York Times Book Review New and Noteworthy Selection.
"A booster shot of wisdom when we need it most."—Alan Alda
"Cold Moon knocked me on my ass then held out its hand and hauled me back up, tossing me into the brawling fray, joyous and more hopeful than ever." —Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Tinkers
The Cold Moon occurs in late December, auguring the arrival of the winter solstice. Approaching the winter solstice of his own life, Roger Rosenblatt offers a book dedicated to the three most important lessons he has learned over his many years: an appreciation of being alive, a recognition of the gift and power of love, and the necessity of exercising responsibility toward one another. In a rough-and-tumble journey that moves like the sea, Rosenblatt rolls from elegy to comedy, distilling a lifetime of great tales and moments into a tonic for these perilous and fearful times. Cold Moon: a book to offer purpose, to focus the attention on life’s essentials, and to lift the spirit.
Rosenblatt's "memories of his life summon ours, without warning or apology. Line by line, he helps us find softer landings . . . We move on to now, in the throes of this pandemic. He never mentions it, and yet he does . . . ‘Everybody grieves.’ More memories, still raw. So many lost to this pandemic, with many more to die . . . . Let us abide by Rosenblatt’s No. 3: We are responsible for each other."—Washington Post
"In brief passages connected by association and with the improvisational feel of jazz, [Rosenblatt] moves fluidly among memoir, philosophy, natural history, and inspiration. . . . A tonic for tough times filled with plainspoken lyricism, gratitude, and good humor."—Kirkus Reviews
"A dreamlike collage of memories—tearfilled, joyful . . . unfailingly hopeful." —Foreword Reviews
"Cold Moon is a delight—just what we need in these anxious, distracted times. Funny, touching, trenchant and wise. . . . Better than deep breathing." —Alice McDermott
"By the sheer beauty of its language, and the prevailing belief that we all are linked, our lives interlocked, Cold Moon gives us essential truth in a time of untruth and darkness. Roger Rosenblatt turns the idea of our shared existence into a breathing life force."—Grace Schulman