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It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too) Audiobook

It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too)

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    ashton 05-31-16
    ashton 05-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fresh, brutally raw and honest"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Hott 05-27-16
    Laura Hott 05-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Best book!"

    LOVED this! I especially loved that this is actually Nora reading this. Heartfelt and beautifully written/read.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rose F. 05-27-16
    Rose F. 05-27-16
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    "Beautiful"

    That is all I can think of to say. If you want to bring a touch of beauty into your life, listen to this story about love. All kinds of love.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Runge Omaha, Nebraska 05-07-17
    Michelle Runge Omaha, Nebraska 05-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful"

    This book is wonderful, has helped me more than words can explain! I will definitely listen over and over and recommend to friends.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kate S. 05-07-17
    Kate S. 05-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Nora McInerny is amazing."

    After encountering a guest post written by Nora McInerny on a blog a few months ago, I've scoured the internet for everything she has ever written. I read every blog post, listened to every episode of her podcast and, finally, turned to her memoir, It's Okay to Laugh. What could have been an unbearably depressing tale of grief (a la The Wave), is instead a portrait of love, filled with humor and wit. I'm sure I am not alone in saying that I wish Nora was my best friend, because grief stricken and broken as she might be, she is hilarious and pretty awesome.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Wilson Ann Arbor, MI United States 01-14-17
    Tara Wilson Ann Arbor, MI United States 01-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "not sure this is what I was expecting"

    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.

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    Angela 08-04-16
    Angela 08-04-16
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    "Can we be besties Nora?"

    I can't be the first person to ask. If I am, shame on the roest of you. I loved this book and everything Nora has written. Please write more!!!

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    Crystal Angier, NC, United States 05-27-16
    Crystal Angier, NC, United States 05-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Eh"

    ***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.

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    katherine hirsch 05-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing"

    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.

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    erinc33 Takoma Park 06-22-17
    erinc33 Takoma Park 06-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good storytelling"

    This was a wonderful memoir with the unique perspective of a young widow. I don't really have anything in common with the author (other than our 6 foot stature #hey) but really enjoyed her storytelling.

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