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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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    Adrianna Ikeda, Japan 10-31-12
    Adrianna Ikeda, Japan 10-31-12
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    "Amazing author-narration"
    Where does This Is How You Lose Her rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far the best narration among all audiobooks I have listened to!!


    What other book might you compare This Is How You Lose Her to and why?

    Cather of the Rye, Extremely Close Incredibly Loud


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing opening, amazing narration, feels like listening to an amazing life-stories while sitting down with friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ried H. Cartwright cincinnati 10-30-12
    Ried H. Cartwright cincinnati 10-30-12
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    "Love this guy."
    If you could sum up This Is How You Lose Her in three words, what would they be?

    Raw, Sad, Smart


    What other book might you compare This Is How You Lose Her to and why?

    no idea, but it left me with the same sad feeling as the Great Gatsby.


    What about Junot Díaz’s performance did you like?

    I like the way he talks. So raw and then he'll throw in a SAT word. Lots of fun.


    If you could rename This Is How You Lose Her, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't do that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorraine United States 10-29-12
    Lorraine United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "LOVED IT"
    What did you love best about This Is How You Lose Her?

    I thought Junot Diaz did an incredible job narrating his book. I enjoyed reading about Dominican culture as seen through the eyes of different age groups and sexes.


    What other book might you compare This Is How You Lose Her to and why?

    I love short stories, but I don't think I have read anything that I could compare to this.


    What about Junot Díaz’s performance did you like?

    Loved the inclusion of Spanish/Dominican slang.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jazmin Guadalupe, Mexico 10-29-12
    Jazmin Guadalupe, Mexico 10-29-12
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    "An intimate and refreshing voice"
    What did you love best about This Is How You Lose Her?

    I love that the autor narrates this book, as he is capable of imprinting in his voice the emotions that he gave to his characters, therefore the experience becomes so intimate and enchanting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Dicker Washington, DC 10-21-12
    Matthew Dicker Washington, DC 10-21-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Junot Diaz is a modern master of the short story"

    While I very much enjoyed The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Diaz is at his best when working with the short story form. Like Drown, this is an outstanding book with connected but independent short stories. Diaz's voice is like no one else's, and he creates memorable, flawed, yet endearing characters. Many readers are hesitant to read collections of short stories, but This is How You Lose Her reads almost like a novel.

    All things being equal, I prefer author-narrated audiobooks, though some authors shouldn't be allowed within twenty feet of a microphone. Diaz is the perfect narrator for his work, and his warm tone is perfect for describing the dialogue and actions of characters who are sometimes less than sympathetic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Blacksburg, VA United States 10-13-12
    Melissa Blacksburg, VA United States 10-13-12
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    "Weirdly Wonderful"

    This weird little story was not what I expected, but it completely captured my interest from the first pages. Junot Diaz has a disarming, genuine style that delivered a certain oomph to an already compelling storyline. I am impressed.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ben San Francisco,, CA, USA 09-30-12
    Ben San Francisco,, CA, USA 09-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "really great"
    Where does This Is How You Lose Her rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hearing Junot read this is essential, i can't even imagine it any other way. His storytelling is superb and accessible, witty and full of heart and grief and real emotion.


    Have you listened to any of Junot Díaz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Junot 's reading matches the quaility of the prose. Direct and honest, with that touch of feeling that is so masculine and heart breaking.


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

    Yunior


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn spokane, wa, United States 09-26-12
    Glenn spokane, wa, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2011

    glennk@aagroup.org

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    "wow"

    I I can’t but help think this is autobiographical .. Life is stranger than fiction and this is too strange and wonderful to not be true. Beautifully crafted “short stories” that interweave into one of the most heart stopping concluding paragraphs I’ve come across. Short and beautiful … thank you Junto Diaz.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 09-15-12
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2007
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A 17 year old hetrosexual male deeply versed in street slang.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Junot Díaz again?

    Nope


    What didn’t you like about Junot Díaz’s performance?

    Sounds nothing like a man that speaks in gutter-eez.


    What character would you cut from This Is How You Lose Her?

    Not ONE....NOT ONE would I keep.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a prude.... but, geez!!!!! After a protaganist recounts, in trash talk, the second time about the smell of his hand after he stuck it up a girl's skirt and I'm done. I don't WANT to listen to more.

    17 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Ivan Elmhurst, NY, United States 09-28-12
    Ivan Elmhurst, NY, United States 09-28-12

    I COLLECT BOOKS; I READ BOOKS; I LISTEN TO BOOKS; I EAT BOOKS...

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    "Another Banger!!!"
    What did you love best about This Is How You Lose Her?

    I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ALL OF THE CHARACTERS WERE MY FAVORITE


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ALL OF THE SCENES WERE MY FAVORITE


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    IF I WERE TO MAKE A FILM OF THIS BOOK THE TAG LINE WOULD BE "UNA VAINA BUENA; PERO BIEN BUENA; BUENA BUENA BUENA"


    Any additional comments?

    CHECK THIS BOOK OUT NOW!!! HURRY UP!!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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