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What Comes Next and How to Like It : A Memoir

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The <i>New York Times </i>bestseller from the beloved author of <i>A Three Dog Life</i>--an exhilarating, superbly written memoir on friendship, family, creativity, tragedy, and the richness of life: &quot;If you only read one book this year, make it this one&quot; (Ann Patchett). <p></p>In her bestselling memoir <i>A Three Dog Life</i>, Abigail Thomas wrote about the devastating loss of her husband. In <i>What Comes Next and How to Like It</i>, &quot;a keenly observed memoir...Thomas writes of the changes aging brings us all and of coping through love: of family, dogs, a well-turned phrase. She is superb company&quot; ( <i>People</i>). <p></p>Thomas was startled to overhear herself described as &quot;a nice old lady with a tattoo,&quot; 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? <p></p>And how to like it? How to accept, appreciate, enjoy? How to find solace and pleasure? How to sustain and be sustained by our most trusted, valuable companions? At its heart, <i>What Comes Next and How to Like It </i>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, and the vicissitudes and tragedies of life. &quot;After all,&quot; she writes, &quot;there are those people we love, and then there are those we recognize. These are the unbreakable connections.&quot; <p></p>Exquisitely observed, lush with sentences you will read over and over again, <i>What Comes Next and How to Like It</i> &quot;is a beautifully felt, deeply moving memoir, the best work yet by a woman who has already done some of the best work in the field. Abigail Thomas is the Emily Dickinson of memoirists, and so much of this book's wisdom is between the lines and in the white spaces. It may only take you two days to read, but the impact will stay with you for a long, long time&quot; (Stephen King). This is a glorious guide to living imperfectly and exuberantly.

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The New York Times bestseller from the beloved author of A Three Dog Life--an exhilarating, superbly written memoir on friendship, family, creativity, tragedy, and the richness of life: "If you only read one book this year, make it this one" (Ann Patchett).

In her bestselling memoir A Three Dog Life, Abigail Thomas wrote about the devastating loss of her husband. In What Comes Next and How to Like It, "a keenly observed memoir...Thomas writes of the changes aging brings us all and of coping through love: of family, dogs, a well-turned phrase. She is superb company" ( People).

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, appreciate, enjoy? How to find solace and pleasure? How to sustain and be sustained by our most trusted, valuable companions? At its heart, 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, and the vicissitudes and tragedies of life. "After all," she writes, "there are those people we love, and then there are those we recognize. These are the unbreakable connections."

Exquisitely observed, lush with sentences you will read over and over again, What Comes Next and How to Like It "is a beautifully felt, deeply moving memoir, the best work yet by a woman who has already done some of the best work in the field. Abigail Thomas is the Emily Dickinson of memoirists, and so much of this book's wisdom is between the lines and in the white spaces. It may only take you two days to read, but the impact will stay with you for a long, long time" (Stephen King). This is a glorious guide to living imperfectly and exuberantly.The New York Times bestseller from the beloved author of A Three Dog Life—an exhilarating, superbly written memoir on friendship, family, creativity, tragedy, and the richness of life: “If you only read one book this year, make it this one” (Ann Patchett).

In her bestselling memoir A Three Dog Life, Abigail Thomas wrote about the devastating loss of her husband. In What Comes Next and How to Like It, “a keenly observed memoir…Thomas writes of the changes aging brings us all and of coping through love: of family, dogs, a well-turned phrase. She is superb company” ( People).

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, appreciate, enjoy? How to find solace and pleasure? How to sustain and be sustained by our most trusted, valuable companions? At its heart, 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, and the vicissitudes and tragedies of life. “After all,” she writes, “there are those people we love, and then there are those we recognize. These are the unbreakable connections.”

Exquisitely observed, lush with sentences you will read over and over again, What Comes Next and How to Like It “is a beautifully felt, deeply moving memoir, the best work yet by a woman who has already done some of the best work in the field. Abigail Thomas is the Emily Dickinson of memoirists, and so much of this book’s wisdom is between the lines and in the white spaces. It may only take you two days to read, but the impact will stay with you for a long, long time” (Stephen King). This is a glorious guide to living imperfectly and exuberantly.

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Publisher
Scribner
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
256
Author
Abigail Thomas
ISBN-13
9781476785066
Publication Date
April, 2016
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.00 x 5.25 x 0.60 Inches
ISBN-10
1476785066

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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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