Why I Wrote The Rules of Inheritance

In some ways I began writing this book a long time ago. I’ve always been a writer, ever since I was a little girl. Putting pen to paper, and later fingertips to a keyboard, is something I’ve always gravitated towards. When my mother died when I was eighteen, I had no idea how to process the loss, and so I turned to writing. It was the only way I could make sense of my new world, the one in which I was a girl without a mother. ...more
I too write about grief, a topic I've covered for the past 20 years. I've also lost my sister ...more

BlogHer Talks to Claire Bidwell Smith

We talked to BlogHer Publishing Network member Claire Bidwell Smith about her BlogHer Book Club pick, The Rules of Inheritance. Here's what she had to say! ...more
Thank you Blogher!  I can't wait to read your story Claire...more

The Rules of Inheritance: Grief Is Not Linear

Relationships don't end when we say goodbye. The impact of important relationships stays with us all our lives, shaping who we are and who we will become. How do we continue when a loved one dies? How does that change who we are? These questions are the topic of Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir, The Rules of Inheritance. ...more
Karen! Such a GREAT image....more

(EXCERPT) The Rules of Inheritance

Haven't had a chance to pick up BlogHer Book Club's pick The Rules of Inheritance? Here's an excerpt to get you started. ...more

Get to Know Claire Bidwell Smith

BlogHer Book Club is reading Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir, The Rules of Inheritance. Here's more about Claire! ...more
@DrLynneKenney Thank you for the RT! Thank you!more

BlogHer Network Member News: Claire Bidwell Smith's Memoir + More

Claire Bidwell Smith's new memoir, The Rules of Inheritance, was released last week to great reviews: Oprah Magazine calls the book "gritty, poetic and illuminating" and Entertainment Weekly has chosen it as one of their books to look forward to in February. Publisher's Weekly says the writing "possesses a blistering power, rendering this youthful memoir an affecting journey into loss," and Barnes & Noble has chosen it for their Discover Great New Writers program for spring. Read more reviews, excerpts, and see the book trailer here. And be sure to check the list of upcoming readings and signings for an event near you. Claire blogs at ClaireBidwellSmith.com. ...more