It's been two years, almost to the day, that Christopher Buckley's mother, Pat, died. Less than a year later, Chris, in his mid-50's, lost his father, too. Pat and Bill Buckley were famously luminous, witty and glamorous. Chris, who has won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humorists, is sharp and satirical.
But losing both of his parents in such a short time has called out his most personal, poignant book. "Losing Mum and Pup" is the name, and on Weekend Edition Saturday, he'll walk us through his parent's old apartment, and through that last year of their lives, which caused Christopher to confront loss, pain, and the ties between families.
We have a Rough Cut sneak preview of the interview here. Bill Buckley was an avid sailor who hit upon the idea of burying some old coins and costume jewelry in a small box and burying it, then unrolling an old "treasure map" that he and Chris could use to find it:
Rough Cut: Simon & Buckley