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The Best of Us Audiobook

The Best of Us: A Memoir

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In 2011, when she was in her late 50s, beloved author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn't mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of.

Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, Joyce resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the 19 months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple - to be a true partner and to have one.

This is their story. Charting the course through their whirlwind romance, a marriage cut short by tragedy, and Joyce's return to singleness on new terms, The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss.

©2017 Joyce Maynard (P)2017 HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books

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    Holly Schafer 10-10-17
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    "I wanted to love this story..."

    unfortunately I couldn't finish it. And it's hard for me to not finish a book. But this is not a story of "us" it's really all about Joyce. Maybe it's her tone reading it, maybe it's me because the reviews for this book are great. But I just found the story to be so one-sided and Joyce so self-absorbed that I couldn't get into it.

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    Janet Riley 10-04-17
    Janet Riley 10-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A remarkable book"

    This is a must read for anyone with a life partner. Joyce's story teaches us all about cherishing the time we have with people we love.

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    Nancy Bonard 09-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A moving testament"

    A moving testament to the human struggle to find love, and make sense of what happens throughout life. This memoir is personal to the author, but also to anyone with a heart. Read it, learn from it, and grow . Moving and powerful, gentle and true, it's a book you will not forget.

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