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Michael Ausiello

A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words

In this evocative memoir Michael Ausiello, a respected TV columnist and founder and editor-in-chief of, remembers his late husband, and the lessons, love, and laughter that they shared throughout their fourteen years together. Reminiscent of George Hodgman's Bettyville, this is a gorgeous memoir.

Michael has established himself as the go-to expert when it comes to our most popular form of entertainment. For the past decade, TV fans of all stripes have counted upon his insider knowledge to get the scoop on their favorite shows and stars. From his time at Soaps in Depth to his influential stints at TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly to his current role as founder and editor-in-chief of the wildly popular website,

What many of his fans don't know, however, is that while his professional life was in full swing, Michael had to endure the greatest of personal tragedies: his husband, Kit Cowan, was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive form of neuroendocrine cancer. Over the course of eleven months, Kit and Michael did their best to combat the deadly disease, but Kit succumbed to his illness in February 2015.

In this heartbreaking and darkly hilarious memoir, Michael tells the story of his harrowing and challenging last year with Kit while revisiting the thirteen years that preceded it, and how the undeniably powerful bond between him and Kit carried them through all manner of difficulty - always with laughter - front and center in their relationship. Instead of a tale of sadness and loss, this is an unforgettable, inspiring, and beautiful testament to the resilience and strength of true love.

Michael Ausiello began his publishing career at Soaps In Depth magazine in 1997, before moving on to in 2000. It was there that he launched his signature Ask Ausiello column and established himself as a major player in the world of TV journalism. In 2008, he jumped to Entertainment Weekly where he penned a weekly column in the magazine as well as an award-winning blog on (both titled The Ausiello Files). Three years later, he joined Jay Penske's expanding media empire as founder and editor-in-chief of

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2. January 2018, quote
Spoiler Alert has been named one of Kirkus Reviews top non-fiction titles for 2017!


2. January 2018, review
Tender, profoundly poignant, and cleverly written with equal parts wit and integrity, the book is grounded in the realities of modern relationships and the grim fate of mortality. A heartbreaking memoir infused with dark humor and composed with true love.


2. January 2018, review
...glib yet moving memoir... Ausiello's story remains an honest declaration of true love and terrible loss.

Publishers Weekly

2. January 2018, review
The plotline worth following is the story of a man's last year with his husband, helping him die awash in dignity and love.


2. January 2018, review
As hate threatens to strangle our country, take a look at what love looks like.


2. January 2018, review
"Spoiler Alert" is both tender and raw. It almost feels inappropriate to be invited into such a deeply personal chapter of someone's life. It's a story about love and loss, joy and heartbreak. And in the midst of personal turmoil, we learn that bravery co

Washington Post

2. January 2018, review
Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies is a haunting and profoundly sad story, but it's brightened by witty writing, comedic interludes and the two charismatic, endearing and appealing heroes at the book's center.

Shelf Awareness

2. January 2018, review
What Ausiello has done is made certain that Cowan's one special life will never be forgotten. The hero died, but the spirit lives.

Lamda Literary Review

2. January 2018, quote
Movie rights sold to Jim Parson (The Big Bang Theory)


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