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No Happy Endings: A Memoir

No Happy Endings: A Memoir

Written by Nora McInerny

Narrated by Nora McInerny


No Happy Endings: A Memoir

Written by Nora McInerny

Narrated by Nora McInerny

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4.5/5 (46 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
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Released:
Mar 26, 2019
ISBN:
9780062891426
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Description

The author of It's Okay to Laugh and host of the popular podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking—interviews that are "a gift to be able to listen [to]" (New York Times)—returns with more hilarious meditations on her messy, wonderful, bittersweet, and unconventional life.

Life has a million different ways to kick you right in the chops. We lose love, lose jobs, lose our sense of self. For Nora McInerny, it was losing her husband, her father, and her unborn second child in one catastrophic year.

But in the wake of loss, we get to assemble something new from whatever is left behind. Some circles call finding happiness after loss "Chapter 2"—the continuation of something else. Today, Nora is remarried and mothers four children aged 16 months to 16 years. While her new circumstances bring her extraordinary joy, they are also tinged with sadness over the loved ones she's lost.

Life has made Nora a reluctant expert in hard conversations. On her wildly popular podcast, she talks about painful experiences we inevitably face, and exposes the absurdity of the question "how are you?" that people often ask when we're coping with the aftermath of emotional catastrophe. She knows intimately that when your life falls apart, there's a mad rush to be okay—to find a silver lining, to get to the happy ending. In this, her second memoir, Nora offers a tragicomic exploration of the tension between finding happiness and holding space for the unhappy experiences that have shaped us.

No Happy Endings is an audiobook for people living life after life has fallen apart. It's an audiobook for people who know that they're moving forward, not moving on. It's an audiobook for people who know life isn't always happy, but it isn't the end: there will be unimaginable joy and incomprehensible tragedy. As Nora reminds us, there will be no happy endings—but there will be new beginnings.

Publisher:
Released:
Mar 26, 2019
ISBN:
9780062891426
Format:
Audiobook

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Also available as bookBook

About the author

Nora McInerny has a lot of jobs. She is the reluctant cofounder of the Hot Young Widows Club (a program of her nonprofit, Still Kickin), the bestselling author of the memoirs It’s Okay To Laugh, Crying Is Cool Too, and No Happy Endings and the host of the award-winning podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking. Nora is a master storyteller known for her dedication to bringing heart and levity to the difficult and uncomfortable conversations most of us try to avoid, and also for being very tall. She was voted Most Humorous by the Annunciation Catholic School Class of 1998.


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  • (5/5)
    Great book my entire family read/listened to it, can’t wait to listen to the next one
  • (5/5)
    Nora has an amazing gift of putting words to grief I've always felt is indescribable, while also making me laugh out loud so hard that I annoyed my dog. This is the highest praise I can give any author.
  • (5/5)
    Love her honesty, humor, and style period. Cheers Nora! Great book.
  • (4/5)
    This is a well written, painfully honest book. I did not finish it, not because of the writing or subject, but because I couldn't really relate to the things she was dealing with (kids, dating, etc). I have no doubt that someone in a similar period of their life (which I am well past) will find this well worth their time.
  • (4/5)
    It seems that this summer I’m reading lots of book that fit memoir with a dash of self-help. I’ve been following Nora’s story off-and-on for many years since we lived in MN. Her husband died from a brain tumor at 35, not long after she had a miscarriage and a few weeks after her dad died. Yes, ridiculously sad, but her thoughts on life and grief and how she picks up the pieces are so good. Plus, she’s very very funny. She’s one of my favorite instagram accounts by far.