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Three years before her brother Scott’s death, Kimberly Uslin grew closer than she had ever been to him—the older, cooler sibling whom she had adored from afar in childhood. Ironically, the change in their relationship came about during the hours she spent driving him back and forth for treatment as he battled heroin addiction.


When Scott committed suicide in a lonely hotel room in New Orleans, Uslin was left to navigate her grief the only way she knew how: through writing. The result is Please Don’t, a stark and deeply felt collection of essays that invites us to accompany Uslin on her journey through the early months and years of mourning. She chronicles her too-short time with her brother and the aftermath of his death with honesty and humor, showing us how the unbearable is borne.

Please Don't: A Memoir in Essays

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