Joining the ranks of Let's 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 mixtapes (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 Okay 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 Okay to Laugh is like a long chat with a close friend over a cup of coffee (or chardonnay).
©2016 Nora McInerny Purmort (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
Thank god for this perspective, and the brutal truths that come with it. I've followed this story from just a few weeks before purmorts death - reading the entire back log of the blog, and following since on Instagram, tumblr and Twitter. I've been captivated by Nora's writing, but the picture that these mediums painted didn't feel complete. This book answered the rest. Addressing ones right to selfishness, grief,quitting, and self care are what so many need to hear.
This one will be with me for quite some time to come.
so don't want to give anyone the impression not a good book..just not.my.cup.of tea. I am totally fine with her cynical humor just think I wanted something different. very light hearted for the books I usually listen to so maybe that is a good thing. I love how she spoke her truth . above and beyond anything she did make me stop and think.
Witty, heartbreaking, LOL Funny - endearing. I am so saddened by the Author's loss - but what a gift she has given those of us lucky to travel along with her.
I've followed Nora and her blog since the beginning. I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. it's funny, sad, sarcastic, and fucking honest. I recommend this book to anyone who loves someone, or wants to be loved, or anyone who has gone through any real life shit. I can see myself re-reading/re-listening to this book many many times.
***If you don't like language, this is not the book for you.***
My expectations for this book were completely different from what I got. The book offers memories from Purmort's life before and after the deaths of her child, father, and husband. In some ways it is more autobiographical. It is not in the same category with (nor should it be) Until I say Goodbye or When Breath Becomes Air. If you are looking for deep profundity, I don't think you'll find it here. What you'll find is a Northern woman who is just trying to navigate her way through life through doing whatever works for her. It was nice that Purmort read the book.
I have already recommended this book to many people. I think the fact that Nora reads the book herself makes it easier to connect with the story. I believe she has an interesting take on life, and her unique upbeat thinking is refreshing.
I don't have another book to compare this to, as this was my first time reading a non-fiction story of this nature.
Her personality. She puts life into her words and her sentences. I loved that she read the book.
The end. I felt it was too soon.
Listening to this account makes one feel as if Nora is a friend, someone easy to relate to and care about. I lost my dad to the same awful type of brain cancer in the same year Nora's husband Aaron was diagnosed, and their story seems both similar to and different from that of my family. Aaron's resilience and spirit as relayed by Nora are remarkable, and theirs is a memorable story for sure.
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