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It's Okay to Laugh
It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) | Nora McInerny Purmort
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Joining the ranks of Lets Pretend This Never Happened and Carry On, Warrior, a fierce, hysterically funny memoir that reminds us that comedy equals tragedy plus time. Twentysomething Nora McInerny Purmort bounced from boyfriend to boyfriend and job to job. Then she met Aaron, a charismatic art director and her kindred spirit. They made mix tapes (and pancakes) into the wee hours of the morning. They finished each other's sentences. They just knew. When Aaron was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer, they refused to let it limit their love. They got engaged on Aaron's hospital bed and married after his first surgery. They had a baby when he was on chemo. They shared an amazing summer filled with happiness and laughter. A few months later, Aaron died in Nora's arms in another hospital bed. His wildly creative obituary, which they wrote together, touched the world. Now, Nora shares hysterical, moving, and painfully honest stories about her journey with Aaron. It's OK to Laugh explores universal themes of love, marriage, work, (single) motherhood, and depression through her refreshingly frank viewpoint. A love letter to life, in all of its messy glory, and what it's like to still be kickin', It's OK to Laugh is like a long chat with a close friend over a cup of coffee (or chardonnay).
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Sassiekat
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A beautiful bittersweet story told with humour and alot of heart.

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AprilMae
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Life is hard sometimes. Sometimes it's seeing things you wish you had sooner, sometimes is coming to terms with things that you should have sooner. Sometimes you can't help the emotions, sometimes life is hard.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Totally agree ❤️ 5mo
Eggs True 5mo
Mimi28 Yep! 👍🏽👍🏽❤️❤️ lol 5mo
RaimeyGallant Yes! 5mo
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kaitthegreat
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I‘m not a huge fan of non-fiction writing but Nora‘s unfiltered story-telling made me laugh and cry almost equally in her essays about her love, life, and loss. We would totally be friends if we ever met in real life 😂

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Felso
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Awake and reading this - #24in48 #readathon If only someone would make me a bacon sandwich. Where‘s my house elf?

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Felso
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Received this today in the mail. Love her podcast “Terrible, thanks for asking”.

WorldsOkayestStepMom Her podcast is one of my favorites. 2y
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RachLovesTV
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I seem to have settled into an 11-books-per-month pace over the last few months. This month had less of a theme - I read some books for the #marchmadnesschallenge, one from my #freakyfriday list, and then spent the rest of the month with wedding/royal-themed books, in honor of a certain recent event. 😉

June is going to be a free-for-all, catch-up month, I think: all the books I ran out of time for or didn't fit in precious themes. I can't wait!

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RachLovesTV
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Of all the cancer memoirs I've read recently, this is the first one written by a surviving family member instead of the patient themselves. Nora writes with humor, honestly, and truth about what it's like to lose the ones you love to soon. Beyond just putting in to words some of the things I have been feeling over the past 6 months, though, Nora gives great advice and insight in how to be a good friend to your own people who are grieving.

SledgeReader @RachLovesTV This being a topic that has touched my family too many times, my heart swells for you and others with the broad spectrum of associated feelings. Peace. 2y
RachLovesTV Thank you, @SledgeReader, your words are greatly appreciated. 2y
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AprilMae
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Happy Easter weekend everyone! My weekend goals are:
✔Laundry (boring but important for work lol)
✔Being the Easter bunny and dropping of some Easter Baskets
✔ Finishing at least one of these two books!!!
✔ Relaxing

How about you guys? Big plans? #litsyontheweekend

LoveToReadLiveToRead I‘m sharing some of your plans.....laundry! 🧦👚👖 Its never ending! I would like to finish a book too but I don‘t think that‘s going to happen. Happy Easter! 2y
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AprilMae
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My #MountTBRReadathon list includes already started books only so far! Let's do this!!!!

RaimeyGallant Me too. Got through one today! 2y
YouReadMyEyes Me three 👋🏼 2y
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AprilMae
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"The only thing I know for sure is that it is okay not to know everything, to try and to fail and to sometimes suck at life, as long as you try to get better"

Someone recomended this to me. I don't know if I'm ready for it or not.?

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Tanzy13
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"I am creating my own path through my own grief, toward my own version of happiness."

SheReadsAndWrites Beautiful photo ♥️ 2y
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Tanzy13
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"Happiness isn‘t something that is handed to you, but something you have a hand in making, every day."

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KaitiWinchell
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This book had me laughing and crying constantly. I love it so much. I really love Nora's sense of humor.

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CaringLoudly
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This passage is super relevant to my current situation .

TsundokuAleax I think I needed that too. Also we need to figure out a hang out day. 3y
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CaringLoudly
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"That's why we're uncomfortable with crying: because it's literally having your feelings leak out of you."
Nora McInerny's quote about crying is one of my absolute favorites. I can't wait to read this. (I've also always said if I write a memoir, it would be called "Laughing While Crying" so this title speaks to me!)

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BethwithBooks
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It might be a little early to call ... as there is still a whole month left ... but this is my pick of the year. 2016 was a weird one and this book was everything I didn't know I needed. Nonfiction for the win.

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jordanerickson
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This was sad and I really enjoyed it

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BethwithBooks
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Sad and funny and beautiful. I stayed up until 3am on a work night to finish - which is about as good a review of a book as I can give.

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BethwithBooks

When the dust jacket makes you cry ... Off to a good start!

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BethwithBooks
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Book I am most excited to read post BEA. I love me a humorous memoir even if the story is sad, here's hoping it lives up to they hype I have created in my own head 😜

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continuants
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Must. Read. So many feelings. Nora's writing is beautiful and makes you feel like you're just hanging out with her and she's telling you her life story, everything from the lighthearted to the gravely serious.

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Very excited to start reading this. Thank you @RachelFersh!