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Publisher's Summary

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • An enduring account of joy and sorrow from one of the great writers of our time, The New Yorker’s Kathryn Schulz, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“I will stake my reputation on you being blown away by Lost & Found. It is brilliant and profound and charming, all at once.”—Anne Lamott, author of Dusk, Night, Dawn and Bird by Bird

Eighteen months before Kathryn Schulz’s beloved father died, she met the woman she would marry. In Lost & Found, she weaves the stories of those relationships into a brilliant exploration of how all our lives are shaped by loss and discovery—from the maddening disappearance of everyday objects to the sweeping devastations of war, pandemic, and natural disaster; from finding new planets to falling in love.

Three very different American families form the heart of Lost & Found: the one that made Schulz’s father, a charming, brilliant, absentminded Jewish refugee; the one that made her partner, an equally brilliant farmer’s daughter and devout Christian; and the one she herself makes through marriage. But Schulz is also attentive to other, more universal kinds of conjunction: how private happiness can coexist with global catastrophe, how we get irritated with those we adore, how love and loss are themselves unavoidably inseparable. The resulting book is part memoir, part guidebook to living in a world that is simultaneously full of wonder and joy and wretchedness and suffering—a world that always demands both our gratitude and our grief.

A staff writer at The New Yorker and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Kathryn Schulz writes with curiosity, tenderness, erudition, and wit about our finite yet infinitely complicated lives. Crafted with the emotional clarity of C. S. Lewis and the intellectual force of Susan Sontag, Lost & Found is an uncommon book about common experiences.

©2022 Kathryn Schulz (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Kathryn Schulz’s Lost and Found is a deeply moving, richly illuminating exploration of loss and bliss, an examination of how grief and joy are connected not just by simultaneity but in their very fabric: grief as a measure of joy, joy as a foreshadowing of grief. This book is a deeply personal account of losing a father and finding a wife, but its curiosity is thrillingly omnivorous - it explores everything from meteorites and alphabets to mythic valleys of lost objects. Schulz’s voice is somehow wry, tender, rigorous, awestruck, and lucid all at once. She’s never anything but the very best company, speaking nuanced truths from and about the deepest reaches of the heart.” (Leslie Jamison, author of Make It Scream, Make It Burn)

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Exquisite

Anyone who has lost and loved will relate, and the writing is gorgeous. A beautiful blend of personal story and universal insight, just what a memoir should be.

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Perfect Descriptions of Love & Loss

A beautiful description of loss, love, and all the befores and afters. The audiobook was especially impactful, as read by the author who conveys so much emotion in her voice.

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Meaningful to me

Having recently lost my father, and in search of my true love, I found great meaning in her words.

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A Journey Well Written

What I enjoyed most about this book was experiencing the losses and findings of the author's life in a way that helped me understand and appreciate my own personal losses and findngs.

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Bored to death

I wanted to like this book. It was a pick from my book club, but I struggled through every section. There isn't much of a story, and each part is written like an essay exploring every possible definition of the word Lost, And, and Found. If you like a book that is descriptive but goes nowhere, this is the book for you.

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Poignant moving book

A well written. Well narrated by the author. Good food for thought. Highly recommend reading.

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More Lost than Found

The author is a great writer. She has a vast vocabulary and uses it on every page of this book. I did not like this book because…because…I feel like this style of writing - the style that tries to find some deep meaning in every leaf falling from a tree - gets annoying after pages and pages of it. It was a tough book for me to finish.

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An odd book

The writer is first rate. She could not be anything else, as she’s a New Yorker staff writer. This, however, is an indulgent book. It is about the sickness and death of her beloved father, and about falling in love with, and marrying another woman. The thing is: most people do not know who these people are. So … in essence, who cares. The subjects of death and love are known to most people. I must add that I believe the author to be depressed. When she marries, two years after his death, she is wallowing, again, in grief. The psychiatric group at Mass. General believe that grief after six months requires therapeutic help. I hope Schulze gets it.

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Very impressive

I flew through this book in about three days. It's an absolutely stunning meditation on the act of losing someone you deeply love and falling in love. I could feel al the author's emotions vividly, her love for these people in her life who during the book you also come to love. But she was also able to pull away and think about her subject in very thoughtful ways. The narration was also wonderful. Highly recommend.

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Evocative, compelling and brilliant.

Kathryn Schulz is one of my absolute favorite writers. I LOVED Being Wrong for its clever, profound and complex insights and associations between so many parts Of humans and life. Lost and Found is all this and it is also beautifully heart opening. It balances the extremes of life in a way that makes it possible to hold the seeming interminable weight of loss alongside the bright beacon of hope that is always around the corner in this complex life we live. Loss-gain-loss-gain, the continual cycle of being human. Thank you Kathryn, you provide support in managing it all.