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Happiness: A Memoir Audiobook

Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After

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A shirt-grabbing love story that follows a one-of-a-kind family through twists of fate that require nearly unimaginable choices.

Happiness begins with a charming courtship between hopelessly attracted opposites: Heather, a world-roaming California girl, and Brian, an intellectual, homebody writer, kind and slyly funny but loath to leave his Upper West Side studio. Their magical interlude ends, full stop, when Heather becomes pregnant - Brian is sure he loves her, only he doesn't want kids. Heather returns to California to deliver their daughter alone, buoyed by family and friends. Mere hours after Gracie's arrival, Heather's bliss is interrupted when a nurse wakes her: "Get dressed. Your baby is in trouble."

This is not how Heather had imagined new motherhood - alone, heartsick, an unexpectedly solo caretaker of a baby who smelled "like sliced apples and salted pretzels" but might be perilously ill. Brian reappears as Gracie's condition grows dire; together, Heather and Brian have to decide what they are willing to risk to ensure their girl sees adulthood.

The grace and humor that ripple through Harpham's writing transform the dross of heartbreak and parental fears into a clear-eyed, warm-hearted view of the world. Profoundly moving and subtly written, Happiness radiates in many directions - new, romantic love; gratitude for a beautiful, inscrutable world; deep, abiding friendship; the passion a parent has for a child; and the many unlikely ways to build a family. Ultimately, it's a story about love and happiness in their many crooked configurations.

©2017 Heather Harpham (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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    I could not put this book down. A see saw of emotion, raw truth, simple moments of pleasure. Wow does this capture what it is to be human, love and be loved, hurt and be hurt, but mainly survive and thrive.

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    "Like Being At A Riveting One-Woman Show"

    As a motherless non-mother, I didn’t expect to identify this much with a memoir about raising a sick child, about the impossible choices parenting requires, about having to hold fear and hope in the same hand. But the writing is so blazingly good, true, and precise, that sentence after sentence had me nodding with recognition: Yes, I know this exactly. Heather Harpham is a writer of such ability and intelligence that her struggle becomes your struggle; her revelation about the true state of happiness becomes your revelation. Hearing it in her own voice only makes that connection more personal.

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    Jody L. Jordet Minnesota 08-11-17
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    "So. Incredibly. Good!"

    I am a reader of Audio memoirs. I read 30 a year. I can't even tell you how much I loved this book. So well written, beautiful language use, and a powerful story line. So. Incredibly. Good.

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    Jeffrey L. Gochnour slc,ut 09-13-17
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    I so wish that the F___ word would have been taken out. It is so offensive and so sad to have listen too it over and over. The story was wonderful and enlightening. I loved the characters and taught me so many things. But there are so many ways to express frustration with out that ugly, poor use of a slang word. So sad. Because of language, I can not recommend this book. But the story I loved.

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    The Wicked Parson Dona Ana, NM, United States 08-19-17
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    "Best Story (in a long time)"

    This (audio book) was one of the most compelling stories I have 'read' in some years. The continued struggle to stay in love, remain hopeful and always look (or hope) for the positive in some of the most heart-wrenching circumstances life could throw at this family was compelling and uplifting. Loved this Book!

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    "Very intriguing!"

    I enjoyed every minute of listening to this book! The author was so detailed, descriptive, relatable with a bit of humor. Great read!

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    Jeannine Brighton, CO, United States 08-17-17
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    I laughed and cried. So well written and the narration is spot on. Long road trip and I was sucked in. Thank you

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    I LOVED this story. It is real, heartbreaking, heartwarming and so open with all the conflicting emotions we all have around parenting and relationships. I would however, have preferred to read this book as the author/reader's voice was hard to listen to at many times.

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    Leah 08-12-17
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    "Loved and hated that the story ended..."

    This author, in my book, (no pun intended) has one of the most forgiving hearts. I admire that immensely! That she totally owns her shortcomings in every facet of her life is something most of us never even think of. Not without years of therapy anyway.
    The delivery in words and tone made this journey very easy to hear, as painful as it was. I found myself avoiding germs and then catching myself. My heart felt like boiled mash at times. I celebrated out loud during the joyful parts. I cried silent, ugly tears over losses.
    This book is for anyone, especially parents or loved ones, experiencing a long battle with severely ill children. Or for anyone like me-who loves a story told by a narrator who can deliver such a moving story in a gentle, but matter-of-fact manner.
    I loved the story so much that I hated for it to end. I'm hoping there will be a sequel of everyday experiences about this family.

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    ava1 10-22-17
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    I couldn’t image this book being read by anyone else. The author’s articulate and animated voice is pleasant and warm. The story is well written and captivating. Along the way, I felt the heartache, anguish, hope and gratitude. I was rooting for a happy outcome. Thank you for this book.

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