This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Summer of Letting Go, Loving from Afar and 21 Jars of Tomato Sauce

Author:   Laura Munson
Publisher:   Little, Brown Book Group
Edition:   Digital original
ISBN:  

9780749955373


Pages:   320
Publication Date:   07 April 2011
Format:   Paperback
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When Laura Munson's essay was first published, the New York Times was so flooded with responses that they had to close down the comment feature on their website. Readers sent it to their friends and therapists gave it to their clients. What did Munson write that caused such a fervour? Laura detailed what happened when her husband of more than twenty years told her he wasn't sure he loved her anymore and wanted to move out. Laura's response to her husband: I don't buy it. In this poignant and funny memoir, Laura recounts the time her faith in her marriage was put to the test. Shaken to the core after the death of her beloved father, not finding the professional success that she had hoped for, and after much therapy, Laura, aged forty, realised she had to stop basing her happiness on things outside her control and commit to an 'End of Suffering'.

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Author:   Laura Munson
Publisher:   Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint:   Piatkus Books
Edition:   Digital original
Dimensions:   Width: 20.00cm , Height: 2.10cm , Length: 13.00cm
Weight:   0.256kg
ISBN:  

9780749955373


ISBN 10:   0749955376
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   07 April 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Temporarily unavailable   Availability explained
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'THIS IS NOT THE STORY YOU THINK IT IS is true to its title. The book took me by surprise. I read it in one sitting and loved Munson's tone, wit, wisdom and writing' - Anita Shreve, author of THE PILOT'S WIFE 'Laura Munson takes the spiritual stuff and the personal stuff and the love stuff and the pain stuff and she brews them all together in a very fun and touching memoir. I'm a fan. This is a wonderful book' - Marianne Williamson, author of THE AGE OF MIRACLES and A RETURN TO LOVE 'Let me tell you what this book is about. This is a book about saying yes. It's the story of Laura Munson's alchemical ability to create abundance and bounty in the face of scarcity and abandonment - no small triumph. Filled with gems big and small... Munson is a wonderful guide - wise, brave, and tenaciously honest' - Melanie Gideon, author of THE SLIPPERY YEAR: A MEDITATION ON HAPPILY EVER AFTER 'This book is fabulous. Laura Munson's noble quest to become the source of her own happiness will take you by the hand and heart as it guides you through the steps to living a life without suffering. Her story pulls back the curtain on the only magic we ever need to know: how to make the shift from fear to love' - Arielle Ford, author of THE SOULMATE SECRET 'Laura Munson's powerful and buoyant book gives us wisdom in generous slices. But it is Munson's abilities as a storyteller that show us how to discover - how to find and feel - the real wisdom that may arise from our lives, as messy and heartbreaking as they may be. Woman, wife, mother, neighbor - this fine writer converts her own life's journeys into a series of vignettes so focused and compelling, so heartbreaking, sometimes so funny, that they resound with the force of parables' - David Baker, poetry editor of THE KENYON REVIEW 'Laura Munson has served up a whopping portion of sanity. This book has the potential to start a cultural revolution' - Leif Peterson, author of CATHERINE WHEELS and NORMAL LIKE US 'I loved this book. It's unusual, memorable and wry, laugh-out-loud funny too' - Leslie Morgan Steiner, author of CRAZY LOVE and MOMMY WARS 'Quirky and suprisingly wise' - VANITY FAIR 'Munson captures, with deep poignancy and surprisingly good humor, the practical impossibility of remaining jujitsu-cool - denying anger and self-doubt - when her world appears to be coming apart at the seams' - ELLE 'With amiability, wit, and a modicum of self-pity, Laura Munson's memoir reminded me of the twenty-one jars of organic tomato sauce she and her children hand-made. A chapter is like a jar lid: if it doesn't pop as the contents cool, the seal is faulty and the sauce is worthless. Exhausted from their all-day effort, mother and kids sipped hot chocolates and listened as twenty-one jars cooled. To their satisfaction, they counted twenty-one distinct pops. In reading this brave memoir I counted about the same' - David James Duncan, author of THE BROTHERS K and GOD LAUGHS & PLAYS 'Laura Munson's memoir is a passionate, funny, and painfully honest account of how, in the midst of emotional crisis, one always has a choice between peace and suffering. Soulfully written and full of humor - this is a wise, wonderful book!' - KIRK FARBER, author of POSTCARDS FROM A DEAD GIRL 'I cried and laughed so hard through these pages - often at the same time - that I thanked God I was alone in the privacy of my bedroom. Laura Munson is my new heroine. The wisest, most soulful kick-ass friend any woman - who's ever had grenades launched at her self-esteem or her belief in love - could ask for. Read every page. To the end. And let it heal you to the bone' - LINDA SIVERTSEN, author of LIVES CHARMED and GENERATION GREEN


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Laura Munson lives with her family in Montana, where she writes novels, memoirs, short stories and essays. This is her first published book.

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