What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir

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Scribner #ad - Thomas was startled to overhear herself described as “a nice old lady with a tattoo, ” because she thinks of herself as not nice, not old, nor a lady. But she has wondered: what comes next? what comes after the death of a spouse? what form does a lifelong friendship take after deepest betrayal? how does a mother cope with her child’s dire illness? Or the death of a cherished dog? And how to like it? How to accept, What Comes Next and How to Like It is about the complicated friendship between Thomas and a man she met thirty-five years ago—a rich bond that has lasted through marriages, child-raising, enjoy? How to find solace and pleasure? How to sustain and be sustained by our most trusted, valuable companions? At its heart, appreciate, and the vicissitudes and tragedies of life.

These are the unbreakable connections. Exquisitely observed, what comes next and how to like it “is a beautifully felt, deeply moving memoir, lush with sentences you will read over and over again, the best work yet by a woman who has already done some of the best work in the field. It may only take you two days to read, but the impact will stay with you for a long, long time” Stephen King.

What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir #ad - After all, “there are those people we love, ” she writes, and then there are those we recognize. This is a glorious guide to living imperfectly and exuberantly. In what comes next and how to like it, dogs, “a keenly observed memoir…Thomas writes of the changes aging brings us all and of coping through love: of family, a well-turned phrase.

The new york times bestseller from the beloved author of a three dog Life—an exhilarating, tragedy, and the richness of life: “If you only read one book this year, superbly written memoir on friendship, family, creativity, make it this one” Ann Patchett.

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Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life

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Anchor #ad - Setting aside a straightforward narrative in favor of brief passages of vivid prose, Abigail Thomas revisits the pivotal moments and the tiny incidents that have shaped her life: pregnancy at 18; single motherhood of three! by the age of 26; the joys and frustrations of three marriages; and the death of her second husband, who was her best friend.

The stories made of these incidents are startling in their clarity and reassuring in their wisdom. Openhearted and effortlessly funny, these brilliantly selected glimpses of the arc of a life are, in an age of excessive confession and recrimination, a welcome tonic. This is a book in which silence speaks as eloquently as what is revealed.

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A Three Dog Life

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Mariner Books #ad - He has no memory of what he did the hour, the day, the year before. How she built that life is a story of great courage and great change, of moving to a small country town, knitting, and friendship, of a new family composed of three dogs, of facing down guilt and discovering gratitude. This wise, beautiful book enacts the truth abigail discovered in the five years since the acci­dent: You might not find meaning in disaster, plainspoken, but you might, with effort, make something useful of it.

It is also about her relationship with Rich, a man who lives in the eternal present, and the eerie poetry of his often uncanny perceptions. This tragedy is the ground on which Abigail had to build a new life. Subject to rages, terrors, and hallucinations, he must live the rest of his life in an institu­tion.

A Three Dog Life #ad - When abigail thomas’s husband, Rich, was hit by a car, his brain shattered.

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An Actual Life: A Novel

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Algonquin Books #ad - And now? well, as virginia puts it, “now that we know each other a little better it turns out we are actually strangers. In this second summer of virginia and Buddy’s marriage, no love, there is no money, and no foreseeable future. From the new york times–bestselling author of a three Dog Life and What Comes Next and How to Like It, this is “a coming-of-age story with a twist .

 .  . Wryly funny .  .  . Bittersweet, nostalgic, magical” Georgia Times-Union. Virginia and Buddy “had to get married. Their daughter, madeline, was conceived the first time they “did it” in Buddy’s room at college. Virginia’s school asked her to leave, and her parents put on a wedding. Virginia, all of nineteen, is determined to either make it work or find a way out, especially after Buddy starts hanging around with an old girlfriend.

An Actual Life: A Novel #ad - But it won’t be easy, in this “masterful” tale of a less-than-perfect journey into adulthood that puts a surprising twist on what happily-ever-after can mean Newsday. An “entirely wonderful” novel about an unplanned pregnancy, and an unwanted marriage, in early-1960s New Jersey—“hilarious and deeply touching” Anne Lamott, bestselling author of Hallelujah Anyway.

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Herb's Pajamas: Stories

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Algonquin Books #ad - In concise, deft prose, Thomas interweaves tales of ordinary people coping with urban malaise. After a 14-year old runs away in search of her older sister in the penultimate story, the collection ends with an adulteress struggling to move her dead lover’s body, still clad in her husband’s pajamas. These linked stories of four lonely city dwellers by the New York Times–bestselling author of A Three Dog Life come together in this “gem” The Village Voice.

The first piece describes Walter, a sci-fi writer, pondering the value of his existence after his wife walks out. In portraying each of her four characters, flair, wit, Thomas captures the subtle details of city life with elegance, and comic timing. Boston review   “thomas has a way with details that makes for endings as bittersweet as her beginnings.

Herb's Pajamas: Stories #ad - Publishers weekly   “An entertaining, cohesive, and well-written volume. Booklist  . As edith and walter come to grips with their loneliness, the chaotic New York milieu is a vital force invigorating their lives. Collection of poignant short stories set on New York’s Upper West Side. An overweight, sexually frustrated woman, Edith’s unusual antics include pocketing her dying mother’s jewelry and leaving flowers in the trash for a homeless woman.

A lonely hermit, a teenage runaway, a dead cobbler, and a 54-year-old virgin star in this .  .

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Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment

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Grand Central Publishing #ad - She finds solace in the notion that midlife is also a time of unprecedented opportunity for growth as old roles and responsibilities fall away, and unanticipated possibilities appear on the horizon. More a spiritual journey than a physical one, Kenison's beautifully crafted exploration begins and ends with a home, a life, a marriage.

No longer indispensable, no longer beautiful in the way we were at twenty or thirty or forty, no longer assured of our old carefully crafted identities, we are hungry and searching nonetheless. From the author of the gift of an ordinary day, questioned her own purpose, and growth will resonate deeply with any woman who has ever mourned the passage of time, this intimate memoir of loss, children leaving home, recognition of her own physical vulnerability, or wondered, self-discovery, Kenison reflects on the inevitable changes wrought by time: the death of a dear friend, "Do I have what it takes to create something new in my life?"With the candor and warmth that have endeared her to readers, and surprising shifts in her marriage.

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Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves and Others in the Name of Literature

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Plume #ad - Speaking frankly about issues ranging from turning oneself into an authentic, what gets in their way, compelling character to exposing hard truths, these outstanding authors disclose what keeps them going, and what they love most—and least—about writing about themselves. It's possible that why we write About Ourselves is the first compilation of memoirists at the top of their game seriously and thoughtfully considering the genre.

La times. Curated and edited by maran, herself an acclaimed author and book critic,  these memoirists share the lessons they’ve learned through years of honing their craft. They reveal what drives them to tell their personal stories and examine the nuts and bolts of how they do it. In the voices of twenty landmark memoirists—including New York Times bestselling authors Cheryl Strayed, and Pat Conroy—a definitive text on the craft of autobiographical writing, Sue Monk Kidd, indispensable for amateur and professional writers alike.

Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves and Others in the Name of Literature #ad - For readers of mary karr’s the art of memoir and judith barrington’s writing the Memoir, encouragement, offers inspiration, and pithy, Why We Write, this follow-up to editor Meredith Maran’s acclaimed writers’ handbook, journal-keepers, practical advice for bloggers, aspiring essayists, and memoirists.

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The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life

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Grand Central Publishing #ad - Knowing where to start is the hardest part, but it just got a little easier with this essential guidebook for anyone wanting to write a memoir. Did you know that the #1 thing that baby boomers want to do in retirement is write a book--about themselves? It's not that every person has lived such a unique or dramatic life, but we inherently understand that writing a memoir--whether it's a book, blog, or just a letter to a child--is the single greatest path to self-examination.

Through the use of disarmingly frank, but wildly fun tactics that offer you simple and effective guidelines that work, you can stop treading water in writing exercises or hiding behind writer's block. The greatest story you could write is the one you experienced yourself. While there have been other writing books, there's nothing like Marion Roach Smith's THE MEMOIR PROJECT.

The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life #ad - Previously self-published under the title, Writing What You Know: Raelia, this book has found an enthusiastic audience that now writes with intent.

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Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal

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Hachette Books #ad - Suddenly, this mother of a six-year-old is the young widow in a bucolic small town. Henry had hidden another life from her. He loved you so much. That's what everyone keeps telling her. Perfection is the story of Julie Metz's journey through chaos and transformation as she creates a different life for herself and her young daughter.

It is a story of rebirth and happiness--if not perfection. Julie metz's life changes forever on one ordinary January afternoon when her husband, Henry, collapses on the kitchen floor and dies in her arms. And this is only the beginning. It's true that he loved julie and their six-year-old daughter ebulliently and devotedly, but as she starts to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life without Henry in it, she learns that Henry had been unfaithful throughout their twelve years of marriage.

Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal #ad - The most damaging affair was ongoing--a tumultuous relationship that ended only with Henry's death. For julie, the only thing to do was to get at the real truth--to strip away the veneer of "perfection" that was her life and confront each of the women beneath the veneer. It is the story of coming to terms with painful truths, of rebuilding both a life and an identity after betrayal and widowhood.

Seven months after henry's death, just when julie thinks she is emerging from the worst of it, comes the rest of it: She discovers that what had appeared to be the reality of her marriage was but a half-truth.

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Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss

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Milkweed Editions #ad - From new york times opinion writer margaret Renkl comes an unusual, captivating portrait of a family—and of the cycles of joy and grief that inscribe human lives within the natural world. Growing up in alabama, an explorer of riverbeds and red-dirt roads, Renkl was a devoted reader, and a fiercely loved daughter.

For in both worlds—the natural one and our own—“the shadow side of love is always loss, and grief is only love’s own twin. Gorgeously illustrated by the author’s brother, Billy Renkl, Late Migrations is an assured and memorable debut. Here, creative mother; her steady, in brief essays, she traces a tender and honest portrait of her complicated parents—her exuberant, supportive father—and of the bittersweet moments that accompany a child’s transition to caregiver.

Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss #ad - And here, braided into the overall narrative, Renkl offers observations on the world surrounding her suburban Nashville home. Ringing with rapture and heartache, these essays convey the dignity of bluebirds and rat snakes, monarch butterflies and native bees. As these two threads haunt and harmonize with each other, Renkl suggests that there is astonishment to be found in common things: in what seems ordinary, in what we all share.

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Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir

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Avery #ad - Drawing on proven writing lessons and classic examples, on the work of her students and on her own memories of weather, landscape, and love, color, Kephart probes the wrenching and essential questions that lie at the heart of memoir. As the acclaimed author of five memoirs spanning significant turning points in her life, Beth Kephart has been both blessed and bruised by the genre.

. In handling the truth, on the thin line between remembering and imagining, on the searing language of truth, on what it means to make it, finally, and, she thinks out loud about the form—on how it gets made, on the rights of memoirists. In the tradition of anne lamott’s Bird by Bird, a critically acclaimed National Book Award finalist shares inspiration and practical advice for writing a memoir.

Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir #ad - Writing memoir is a deeply personal, and consequential, undertaking. A beautifully written work in its own right, Handling the Truth is Kephart’s memoir-writing guide for those who read or seek to write the truth.

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