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The Bulletin Dozen is a monthly theme-based booklist available as an online-only Bulletin feature. Since we're awfully fond of bakers here at the Bulletin, we thought we'd adopt their philosophy of generosity and throw in an extra one or two when we have them to offer--so don't expect an even dozen. Please feel free to copy, download, or link to these lists. We ask only that you cite the source. See the archive for lists from previous months.

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Losing: The Lost and the Losses
--selected by Kate McDowell

I remember the first time I finished a book and instantly started reading it from the beginning again. The book was Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia, and I was so stunned by the truthful depiction of a loss, so overwhelmed by the palpably complex emotional world of losing a best friend, that I immediately wanted to plunge back in, tears and all, to try and sort out my intense feelings about the fictional loss. While not all of the books on this list have the unforgettable impact of Paterson's classic, they all deal with losses on one scale or another, ranging from the loss of a pet mouse to the tragic wartime loss of home, country, and innocence. Among these titles are many stories of healing from loss by doing what is both necessary and difficult: letting go and moving on. We hope you enjoy this list of books about losing, getting lost, and cutting your losses.

--Kate McDowell, Reviewer

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