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What Comes Next and How to Like It : A Memoir

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9781410477958What Comes Next and How to Like It

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Series Title
Thorndike Press Large Print Biographies & Memoirs Series
Publisher
Gale
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
291
Author
Abigail Thomas
Is Large Print
Y
ISBN-13
9781410477958
Publication Date
April, 2015
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.60 x 5.40 x 1.10 Inches
ISBN-10
1410477959

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I love the title. It i...

I love the title. It is just what being old is like.you are not really allowed to complain about dodgy teeth and dodgy breath and dodgy hands and dodgy memory and dodgy sleep and dodgy facial sun spots and I could go on and on about the dodginess of my life.

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Liked this a lot. Made...

Liked this a lot. Made me want to read her earlier memoir.

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3.5 I am a very picky ...

3.5 I am a very picky memoir reader. Don't get me wrong, I love those that turn out to be interesting, not pity memoirs as I call them. This book is done well and I loved reading this author's thoughts and conversations about everything and anything. The title What Come Next, came from her wondering what her life will be like after the death of her husband. This book celebrates her thirty-five year platonic friendship with Chuck. I loved her relationships and writings about her dogs, past and present. Her love for them definitely shines, as does those relating to her family. Not all the news in these writings are good news, but I feel that the author let us be privy to her innermost thoughts and feelings. I could have happily kept reading, long after the book ended. Her writing is beautiful, thoughtful and honest, amusing at times too as in this passage, "Then I remember an insight I had when I woke up this morning. The words "yo" and "like" (when beginning a sentence) are not parts of speech at all! They are punctuation. "It's like starting a sentence with a comma," I tell Chuck, "isn't' that brilliant?" "With a little refinement," he answers, "it might achieve the level of a thought." Good memoir, with many good thoughts, I quite liked this one.

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A delightful memoir fr...

A delightful memoir from a sixty/seventy-something writer. Funny and touching, these little vignettes gave me many aha! moments of recognition, sometimes leaving me laughing out loud. Other, quieter entries reflected on the difficult aspects of aging: illness of one's own or of a loved one; fears of dying and death; physical changes. This is also the story of the author's 30-year friendship with a man and it's survival despite a painful betrayal. Three of my favorite moments: "...I look at the photograph Jennifer took of me sitting on a stool next to her twins, and really, from the back, it looks as if I have an open umbrella concealed under my skirt. How did that happen?" "...when it gets dark, I'm off the hook. The day is officially rolled up and put away. I'm free to watch movies or stare at the wall, no longer holding myself accountable for what I might or might not have gotten done because the time for getting something done is over until tomorrow." and Abigail's realization that, used at the beginning of a sentence, "Yo" and "Like" are punctuation marks.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

A delightful memoir fr...

A delightful memoir from a sixty/seventy-something writer. Funny and touching, these little vignettes gave me many aha! moments of recognition, sometimes leaving me laughing out loud. Other, quieter entries reflected on the difficult aspects of aging: illness of one's own or of a loved one; fears of dying and death; physical changes. This is also the story of the author's 30-year friendship with a man and it's survival despite a painful betrayal. Three of my favorite moments: "...I look at the photograph Jennifer took of me sitting on a stool next to her twins, and really, from the back, it looks as if I have an open umbrella concealed under my skirt. How did that happen?" "...when it gets dark, I'm off the hook. The day is officially rolled up and put away. I'm free to watch movies or stare at the wall, no longer holding myself accountable for what I might or might not have gotten done because the time for getting something done is over until tomorrow." and Abigail's realization that, used at the beginning of a sentence, "Yo" and "Like" are punctuation marks.


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