Mary Cook explains how her recovery from grief taught her that grieving is not a battle, but a surrender, in “The Hardest Work You Will Ever Do”, her contribution to NPR’s This I Believe series.
This I Believe is a National Public Radio program that features Americans, from the famous to the unknown, completing the thought that begins with the series title. The pieces that make up the program compel listeners to re-think not only what and how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.
Featuring a star-studded list of contributors that includes John McCain, Isabel Allende, and Colin Powell, as well as pieces from the original 1950’s series including Helen Keller and Jackie Robinson, the This I Believe book collection also contains essays by a Brooklyn lawyer, a woman who sells yellow pages advertising in Fort Worth, TX and a man who serves on the state of Rhode Island’s parole board. The result is a stirring, funny and always provocative trip inside the minds and hearts of a diverse group of Americans whose beliefs, and the incredibly varied ways in which they choose to express them, reveal the American spirit at its best.
This short audio essay is an excerpt from the audiobook edition of NPR’s This I Believe anthology.
Mary Cook works on the ground crew for an air taxi company in Gustavus, Alaska, a community of 450 surrounded by Glacier Bay National Park. In addition to loading and unloading planes, Cook handles the mail and tends the town’s only coffee house. She also serves as a hospice volunteer.
Jay Allison, the host of This I Believe, is an independent broadcast journalist. His work airs on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, PRI’s This American Life, ABC News’ Nightline, and other national programs.
Dan Gediman, is the Executive Producer of This I Believe. His work has been heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Fresh Air, Marketplace, Soundprint, Jazz Profiles, and This American Life.
The Hardest Work You Will Ever Do was published on October 3, 2006.The The Hardest Work You Will Ever Do Audiobook is 5 hours. Speechify has the Unabridged edition version of the audiobook.
Both the publication language and the narration language are in English.
The Hardest Work You Will Ever Do includes the following subjects: Inspiration & Personal Growth. The BISAC Subject Code is Literary Collections, Essays.
The author of The Hardest Work You Will Ever Do is Mary Cook.
The narrator for the The Hardest Work You Will Ever Do Audiobook is Mary Cook.