In an emotional memoir, a sports writer reflects on the loss of his son

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Ivan Maisel is a sports writer who recently released a memoir chronicling the loss of his son to suicide.
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When celebrated ESPN writer Ivan Maisel’s son died by suicide in 2015, he channeled his grief into words. His deeply personal and moving book, “I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye: A Memoir of Loss, Grief and Love,” is a testament both to a father’s love and to the human soul’s ability to grieve and remember and still not lose hope.

Host Kerri Miller talked with Maisel for her weekly Big Books and Big Ideas conversation.

If you’re struggling or have a loved one who is struggling, a reminder that help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

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