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This Is How You Lose Her | [Junot Díaz]

This Is How You Lose Her

The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through - "the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying" - to try to mend what we've broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care.
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Publisher's Summary

Junot Díaz burst into the literary world with Drown, a collection of indelible stories that revealed a major new writer with the "eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet" (Newsweek). His eagerly awaited first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, arrived like a thunderclap, topping best-of-the-year lists and winning a host of major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. Now Díaz turns his prodigious talent to the haunting, impossible power of love.

The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through - "the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying" - to try to mend what we've broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care. They teach us the catechism of affections: that the faithlessness of the fathers is visited upon the children; that what we do unto our exes is inevitably done in turn unto us; and that loving thy neighbor as thyself is a commandment more safely honored on platonic than erotic terms. Most of all, these stories remind us that the habit of passion always triumphs over experience, and that "love, when it hits us for real, has a half-life of forever."

©2012 Junot Díaz (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Alex 04-28-14
    Alex 04-28-14
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    "It's no Oscar Wao"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I loved Oscar Wao and have given it as a gift to friends and family so I had high hopes for this new book. I simply didn't get it, there was a lot of cursing which didn't bother me, the stories just seemed disconnected and lacking.


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    Gabrielle United States 01-29-14
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    "Love and Self Loathing"
    If you could sum up This Is How You Lose Her in three words, what would they be?

    You won me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Is How You Lose Her?

    When he actually says "this is how you lose her..."


    What does Junot Díaz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is so identifiable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh out loud many times. It made me sick. It made me feel like I was actually inside the mind of every bad boyfriend I had in NYc. And it made me love Diaz even more than I did after Oscar Wao.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wynne Griffith Takoma Park, MD USA 09-21-13
    Wynne Griffith Takoma Park, MD USA 09-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very explicit story of young Dominican guy"
    Where does This Is How You Lose Her rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Junot Diaz's voice. His narrative. His perspective.


    What about Junot Díaz’s performance did you like?

    He made it "real".


    Who was the most memorable character of This Is How You Lose Her and why?

    Junot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Molly APTOS, CA, United States 06-30-13
    Molly APTOS, CA, United States 06-30-13
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    "Amazing"
    Where does This Is How You Lose Her rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an amazing, complicated, heart wrenching story. The author was was an incredible performer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lavonne San Jose, CA, United States 06-17-13
    lavonne San Jose, CA, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Do not waste your money"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am not sure who might enjoy this book?


    Has This Is How You Lose Her turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Junot Díaz’s performances?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a waste of money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    meg raleigh, nc, United States 04-13-13
    meg raleigh, nc, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Authentic"
    What made the experience of listening to This Is How You Lose Her the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the fact that this was read by the author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters, particularly Yunior, had such an authentic voice. He is flawed and relatable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Elvis finds out that the son he thought was his, was not.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Diaz creates fascinating characters with strong voices. He is particularly adept at capturing heart wrenching emotions behind the heavy masks of his multidimensional characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kellyann jackson n. bellmore, new york United States 04-08-13
    kellyann jackson n. bellmore, new york United States 04-08-13
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    "Awful reader!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a different reader!


    Would you recommend This Is How You Lose Her to your friends? Why or why not?

    my book club read the book, I listened to it. I believe they enjoyed the book more than I did because they were not distracted by the reader.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Junot Díaz’s performances?

    NO


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C CA, USA 02-12-13
    C CA, USA 02-12-13

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    "This is How You Enter as a Villan & Leave a Hero"
    Would you listen to This Is How You Lose Her again? Why?

    Yes, the author tells heartfelt and penitent tales of love and loss, and honestly depicts his role in each story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Is How You Lose Her?

    The ending paragraph had me in tears.


    What does Junot Díaz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A tone of integrity.


    Any additional comments?

    Having absolutely no knowledge of Spanish, had I known that a considerable amount of the book is sporadically in Spanish, I might not have purchased it. But I hope this doesn't keep people from listening, because the context in which the Spanish is inserted is written in a way that one can get the gist of what they are saying, and doesn't interfere with the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    pilot East Coast 02-10-13
    pilot East Coast 02-10-13 Member Since 2008

    Listening to books makes my mundane tasks so much more palatable.

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    "Cheating with a fresh voice"

    Junot Diaz's writing is extremely fresh, new, and immensely entertaining. Yunior, the recurring narrator throughout most of these stories, is a character unlike any other I've come across. The writing here, especially the Dominican street talk, is vivid.

    While I liked the book overall, I gave the story itself only three stars. For me, the stories, detailing Yunior's romantic relationships, and the inevitable breakups, got a little repetitive. I really liked the stories about Yunior's childhood, the coldness of his father, the mother's obliviousness, and the stories of Rafa's (Yunior's brother) sad end. Yunior's chronic infidelities are interesting at first, but I eventually just got tired of hearing about them in almost every story. In one of the last stories, Yunior claims to have cheated on one long-time girlfriend over 50 times. At that point, the reader has read so much about cheating that it elicits only a shrug.

    The writing is so good here. I just wish other characters would have had more voice, and that relationship issues other than infidelity would have figured into the stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mickey Highland Park, NJ 02-09-13
    Mickey Highland Park, NJ 02-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic Stories - Loved Diaz's Performance"

    I loved The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao and was looking forward to hearing this collection of related stories. I was so happy with the results. The collection is beautifully written and a bitter sweet description of his character's loves (or rather failures of love) and lives. The real treat was Diaz's performance of his stories. His narration provided the amazing experience of hearing the author words as he meant them.

    I'm also a Central New Jersey guy and know almost all of the places where the stories took place. That also made it great.

    I cannot recommend this collection of stories more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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