It's Okay to Laugh

It's Okay to Laugh

(crying Is Cool, Too)

Book - 2016
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"Twenty-seven-year-old Nora McInerny Purmort bounced from boyfriend to dopey 'boyfriend' until she met Aaron--a charismatic art director and comic-book nerd who once made Nora laugh so hard she pulled a muscle. When Aaron was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, they refused to let it limit their love. They got engaged on Aaron's hospital bed and had a baby boy while he was on chemo. In the period that followed, Nora and Aaron packed fifty years of marriage into the three they got, spending their time on what really matters: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, each other, and Beyoncé. A few months later, Aaron died in Nora's arms. The obituary they wrote during Aaron's hospice care revealing his true identity as Spider-Man touched the nation. With It's Okay to Laugh, Nora puts a young, fresh twist on the subjects of mortality and resilience. What does it actually mean to live your 'one wild and precious life' to the fullest? How can a joyful marriage contain more sickness than health? How do you keep going when life kicks you in the junk? In this deeply felt and deeply funny memoir, Nora gives her readers a true gift--permission to struggle, permission to laugh, permission to tell the truth and know that everything will be okay. It's Okay to Laugh is a love letter to life, in all its messy glory; it reads like a conversation with a close friend, and leaves a trail of glitter in its wake."--Adapted from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Dey Street Books, an Imprint of William Morrow Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062419378
0062419374
9780062419385
0062419382
Branch Call Number: 362.196 Purmort
Characteristics: xi, 274 pages ; 24 cm
Uniform Title: It is ok to laugh

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aday622
Jan 29, 2017

I stumbled across this on the New Books shelf -- what a find! Nora's story is unbelievably sad but her writing style is so honest and hilarious, you can't help but keep reading. I found myself crying and laughing out loud in the SAME PARAGRAPH. The book is a little bit memoir combined with the tragic experiences of the last few years, and how the author dealt with grief and loss. If you enjoy the book, you will probably also like a podcast the author recently started called "Terrible, Thanks For Asking" -- really well done.

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HdeBrus
Jan 23, 2017

The one memoir that you should read.

Sweet and bold and laugh-out-loud funny. This memoir is a breath of fresh air in what has become a mostly cringe-inducing category of reading. Nora was married to Aaron Purmort who died peacefully at home on November 25, 2014 after complications from a radioactive spider bite. He left behind Nora and their son Ralph, who will grow up to avenge his father's untimely death.

Aaron will live on in my memory, too, through this amazing memoir! Marriage and moving-on advice also included!

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