On the basis of the writing, it deserves a 4. The only reason that I didn't "really, really like it" was because the subject matter, while realistically presented, was so painful. This book is about the first year of a young woman's widowhood, and by necessity the first half is about her agony, grief and depression. In the second half, she starts the healing process and develops ways to cope and mo This is an amazingly well-written book for a first novel.
In the second half, she starts the healing process and develops ways to cope and move onward with her life, and that part is inspiring. You know that time when you're too Good Grief - Cartoon Giant - Miniature Melodies I-III (CD to know better about books? Well, that happened to me when I was thirteen and my literary tastes had not yet fomented themselves. Mind you, I was already a huge Harry Potter fan. However, my opinionated parents encouraged me to try different types of books.
And along came my good-humored neighbor and told my mother to read this book. It was like her salvation. My mother then tossed the book to me and said I should give it a try. So, I started reading You know that time when you're too young to know better about books? So, I started reading it and couldn't connect. You know, I'm just a thirteen year old whose reading a story about a widow thirty-six year old!
First, a twenty age gap isn't going to help Good Grief - Cartoon Giant - Miniature Melodies I-III (CD fictional character and teenager relationship bond. Second, I'm not married, even after six years. And sure as hell I wasn't married back then, not even had a boyfriend.
But anyway. I try to relate with her depression and lack of wanting anything to do. I felt I was going to go in a coma for her inactivity and lack of coping device since her husband's death.
But who am I to judge? Then came along the fire-maniac thirteen year old girl. She was fascinating, but I didn't connect with her either. Nor with the movie star- then boyfriend. Well, this book gave me something to understand about myself. Chick-lits are not for me. They bore me to hell. However, I did help my sister craft a book report based on this book and boy I had some strong opinions not apt for a fifth grade book report.
This is a funny and heartwarming book about a young woman's fight to build a new life after the death of her husband. Sophie Stanton is in her mid thirties and loses her young husband to cancer. In an age where women are expected to be high-achievers, Sophie desperately wants to be a good widow but things don't turn out that way as she is not the sterotypical type.
Instead she puts away gallons of ice-cream and has major breakdowns which in turn cause her to lose her job, to say the least. Once This is a funny and heartwarming book about a young woman's fight to build a new life after the death of her husband.
Once she shows up for work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers which is pretty much the end of her job and the rest of what she had from the so to say stable life she had. Desperate to stay above water she decides to Good Grief - Cartoon Giant - Miniature Melodies I-III (CD up a friends offer and to move in with her and her daughter in Ashland, Oregon. Instead of the way one would think things turned out, the opposite happens and Sophie ends up learning a lot about life and others to include her lover and a young teenage girl she takes under her arm.
This is a heartwarming, tear jerking comedy with a lot of life lessons that catch you by surprise. The characters in this book show that with enought perserverance, humor and an open mind,it is possible to have life after loss.
Hard to put down and lots of food for thought. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Such a strange experience, a topic that is a total heart-break, why do you find yourself giggling??? Lolly Winston has a wonderful way of developing characters.
I was particularly impressed with her ability to write the teenage character Crystal, it seemed spot on accurate and I wonder at how she was able to write her so clearly.
I think the only thing that had me rating this novel with only three stars is the main character's ability to cope with the death of her husband so quickly and neatly. M Such a strange experience, a topic that is a total heart-break, why do you find yourself giggling??? Most people might disagree with this assessment, but I have worked around people that have lost loved ones and they were not as "put together" 10 years later as this character was less than one year later.
Granted, the circumstances of death were much different and I wonder if that has something to do with it, but I found a part of me not wanting the happy ending that I got. I guess my personal agenda of wanting society to accept those grieving with more tolerance has jaded my opinion of this book.
I logged in this book a few days before writing this review, and found I missed the characters, their ins and outs, the folks they met along the way so much, I upgraded!
This is a glimpse into grief, and how differently it is handled. The central character, Sophie Stanton, is widowed very young losing her husband to cancer after three years of marriage. The Parts are divided into sub-parts which are the stages of grief and how Sophie deals with these stages. One author-reviewer says : "A lighthearted and amusing novel about loss, grief, and the therapeutic effects of baking. I love Sophie Stanton and I want her recipes! But who is cute enough, crazy enough, and compassionate enough to play Sophie?
I read this book in what basically turned out to be a sick day, lolling on my couch. Normally, books about widowhood make me very nervous, because it is one of my biggest fears to think about life without javaczuk. I often tell him if he dies before me, I'll kill him. I just don't want to contemplate it at all.
But at Rebekkila's urging, I read this, and found it to be in the upper end of chick lit, with some believable characters, touching not only on grief, but issues of trust, and some other I read this book in what basically turned out to be a sick day, lolling on my couch. But at Rebekkila's urging, I read this, and found it to be in the upper end of chick lit, with some believable characters, touching not only on grief, but issues of trust, and some other societal ills, with grace and sensitivity -- an humor.
Thank goodness it didn't have the gay best friend, though it did have the life saving bakery come into the story. All in all, it was a good companion on a rainy spring day. Gentlemen, start your hairdryers View 2 comments. As I read this book I found myself alternately giggling or holding back tears, and nodding my head in agreement; uh huh, I've done that myself wearing Kelly's clothes, being angry because he's not here, wanting to pull the covers over my head, etc.
The story is engaging, the author has a light touch, but it seemed almost too trivial in places,or perhaps contrived would be a better description, like the author is making sure all of the "steps of grieving" are included in the book. I wouldn't go As I read this book I found myself alternately giggling or holding back tears, and nodding my head in agreement; uh huh, I've done that myself wearing Kelly's clothes, being angry because he's not here, wanting to pull the covers over my head, etc.
I wouldn't go out of my way to read it again, but I could relate to a lot of it, and it was entertaining. If it was a movie, it would most likely be rated PG I am currently reading this book. It was given to me right after my husband died and I couldn't bear to open it.
I now can't put it down. I can't believe how much of the book feels exactly like me! I would recommend this book to anyone who has lost their husband and to their friends so they can understand what they are going through. I thought this was beautifully written. It was funny as well as touching. I felt sad for the character because I have seen first hand someone close to me deal with how hard it is to live after a loved one has passed on.
Lovely Good Grief - Cartoon Giant - Miniature Melodies I-III (CD. I will be reading more from this author. Loved, loved, loved this book! Highly recommend it!
I can't seem to be able to stop talking to people about this book! It was hard to begin it because of Our Stevie but I finished it and am so glad I did. Funny at time. Seems like real life for some people. Definitely a great book to read! Mar 07, Marge Rudman rated it liked it. Once there coping is made possible through the necessity of making a living and just plain getting on with it. Part of her recovery is facilitated by being helpful to others. The swift and easy romantic involvement wasn't the least bit convincing to me.
Unfortunately for me I wasn't able to find as much humor in the story as was perhaps intended. The repetition of the main idea became tedious. Much of the book was easily skimmed over as I raced to the end so I could get on with reading something else. It was fun for me to visit Ashland in a book as I am there every summer for the play festival. This really should be a 3. Well, sure, there was a bit about death and dying, but the author finds a realistic way of looking at how people tend to deal with grief over the death of This really should be a 3.
Well, sure, there was a bit about death and dying, but the author finds a realistic way of looking at how people tend to deal with grief over the death of a loved one, even showing the humorous side of some of the things grieving people may find themselves doing.
And it definitely was not a chick-lit-book — it was just a story about people and life. Overall, this was a really well-written story. I thought the characters were interesting and I enjoyed watching the progression in their relationships and the fact that none of the characters or their relationships were perfect, as in real life.
By the end of the story, I felt that everything wrapped up the way it should have, and I turned the final page with satisfaction. I wonder why the author decided to leave the name out of the story? Regardless, this book was very enjoyable overall. I picked this book up years ago for a dollar and I'm not sure why. I think I just liked the title. I know I hated the cover graphic of a pair of bunny slippers. I didn't expect much from it, it seemed like 'chick lit does widowhood.
Sophie Stanton is a 36 year old woman who is widowed after 3 years of marriage. She completely falls apart and the story of her coming apart and subsequent healing is beautifully told. One thing that I loved ab I picked this book up years ago for a dollar and I'm not sure why. One thing that I loved about her was that she was able to look at herself, even in her moments of near insanity, and laugh. The supporting characters are equally interesting. I'm sure Joan Didion would have a stroke if she saw herself compared to Lolly Winston, but this book reminded me so much of "The Year of Magical Thinking.
While Didion's life is marked by her loss of her constant partner of her entire adult life, Sophie Stanton's is marked by the loss of her potential future. Completely different looks at the same premise. I think the resolution of some of the plots was a bit too facile but I so enjoyed the majority of this book. I would have given this book only 3 stars if it hadn't made me laugh so much and right out loud. That alone brings it up a star in my opinion. This is a fun easy read about a woman who had lost her hustand to cancer and follows her through the first 18 months after his death.
You get to go through her grief process with her. The story is told with so much insight and humor that you fall in love with Sopie the widow. In her own words, she desperately wants to be a good widow - graceful, composed I would have given this book only 3 stars if it hadn't made me laugh so much and right out loud.
In her own words, she desperately wants to be a good widow - graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, she is more of the Jack Daniels kind - self-medicating with icecream and having break downs at the market. She breaks your heart as you see how she falls apart, but she always tells the story with so much humor that you have to laugh out loud.
I could see myself in her shoes throughout the whole book. The other characters that fill out the book are a wonderful collection of interesting and different people. I cried, cheered and laughed my way through this book. This novel tells of a widow who struggles to regain some measure of normalcy with varying degrees of success. I was a little peeved when she would go out to eat at restaurants and attend theatre and then complain about not having enough money, but for the most part, she's a wonderfully human character, struggling through the loss of her husband, her house, her job, and her waistline.
If she were a real-life person, I'd want to meet her for coffee. This novel balances the protagonist's hardship This novel tells of a widow who struggles to regain some measure of normalcy with varying degrees of success.
This novel balances the protagonist's hardships with many doses of humor, both wry and slapstick, and it delivers plenty of laughs. Although the book describes situations that are less-than-ideal -- that are tragic in many ways -- the book itself is neither depressing nor despairing. It simply tells the tale of a woman who, like any woman, is just trying to cope, and who finds sorrow, joy, and hilarity along the way.
On bookcrossing I wrote on Saturday, March 17, 7 out of 10 Well I guess i am one of few who wasn't so thrilled with this book. Maybe because I thought it would be a chick lit book. On amazon I see all the reviews talking about all the humour in the book. I did not really think it was funny at all. As I mentioned in my other JE, maybe it is just the mood I am in. This Good Grief - Cartoon Giant - Miniature Melodies I-III (CD made me sad at the start and after awhile I was just bored.
Anyways I still thank you for sending this to me Ant. I will On bookcrossing I wrote on Saturday, March 17, 7 out of 10 Well I guess i am one of few who wasn't so thrilled with this book. I will see if I can find someone who will appreciate this book more than I did.
This was a really good read, a perfect balance between deep emotions and light-heartedness. I loved how realistic the characters seemed, and I particularly loved Sophie's relationship with the young girl. The only iffy part for me was that she started a new romance within the year.
Maybe its because I've been married so long Nonetheless, it was a perfect summer read that left me smiling. What a pleasant surprise Lolly Winston's story turned out to be. Despite the heartbreaking and painful subject matter, the narrative is light, witty, with some really funny moments there.
More than Sophie's tough times battling depression after losing her husband of 3 years to cancer, the story has a good dose of compassion, friendship and companionship This was my second time reading this book. I enjoyed it better the first time. Would give it a 3. Worthy read. Re-read this fabulous novel this weekend, as a way to treat myself. It is alternately funny, disarming, and insightful. One of my favorites. Good grief was the novel "Good Grief" an unexpectedly hilarious and, yet, serious exploration of grief and loss!
Who would have thought a book about tragic loss could also evoke smiles and laughter?! Lolly Winston's story takes us on the journey of Sophie Stanton as she attempts to make sense of the tragic loss of her husband to cancer after a mere three years into her very loving and happy marriage. Told in a very personal, intimate first person narrative by the grief stricken young widow, the r Good grief was the novel "Good Grief" an unexpectedly hilarious and, yet, serious exploration of grief and loss!
Told in a very personal, intimate first person narrative by the grief stricken young widow, the reader joins her as she attempts to navigate her way through the various stages of loss with a goal of eventually arriving at her new "normal. Nor will it be linear or guided by any sort of steady progression through the accepted "stages of grief. For as she and the reader will learn, loss and recovery follow no calendar or timetable.
Nor will you reach your much sought after peace without experiencing some moments that are barely recognizable as sane. As awful as that journey sounds, Winston infuses the story with moments of outrageously funny events that move Sophie closer to a new version of her life.
One that will indeed, hard work willing, include both healing and happiness. In the end, as heartwrenchingly difficult and sad as it is for Sophie to reclaim a forward facing life, it is clear that with the help of an unusual village of supporting people, she will indeed achieve just that. Sophie, and the reader, will have their faith restored in the belief that happiness can be part of your life after loss. It just may look and feel a bit different than you'd want or expect it to be.
As both Sophie and the reader come to discover, no one is an island unto themselves. We all need others to help us navigate our way through the knot hole created by loss. We may even spend more time than we'd like retraveling those persistently difficult emotional pathways until a degree of wholeness has been reclaimed.
And while living the life you wanted or expected to have may no longer be possible, living the life you have fought so very hard for is indeed possible. With help, time, and your village you will be able to find joy, peace, and perhaps even love once again. Readers also enjoyed. About Lolly Winston. Lolly Winston. Born and raised in the glamorous insurance capital of Hartford, Conn.
Her first novel, Good Grief - Cartoon Giant - Miniature Melodies I-III (CD, Good Grief, published inwas a New York Times best-seller, a 1 Book Sense pick, and was translated into 15 languages. The film rights have been optioned by Universal St Born and raised in the glamorous insurance capital of Hartford, Conn. With more than a dozen books and over articles, Gary has been featured on Focus on the Family, Dr. Having walked with thousands of individuals, couples, and families through the valley of loss, Gary has put together this practical and easy-to-read email series, which he is offering for free.
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