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When Laura Munson’s essay appeared in the “Modern Love” column of The New York Times, it created a firestorm. Readers sent it to their friends, therapists gave it to their patients, pastors read it to their congregations. People everywhere were struck by Munson’s wisdom. But how was she able to implement this strategy? How was she able to commit herself to an “End of Suffering” in such a critical time?

Poignant, wise, and often exceedingly funny, This Is Not The Story You Think It Is recounts Munson’s journey. Written as she experiences her crisis, moment by moment, sometimes breath by breath, This Is Not The Story You Think It Is is raw and searingly honest in the very best sense. Munson takes listeners by the hand as they embark, together, on a journey – one in which the outcome is not known. Filled with wisdom, truth, and heart – and a great tomato sauce recipe – it is a candid, powerful, and unforgettable memoir.

©2010 Laura Munson (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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"Laura Munson takes the spiritual stuff and the personal stuff and the love stuff and the pain stuff and she brews them all together in a very fun and touching memoir. I'm a fan. This is a wonderful book." (Marianne Williamson)

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  • Ama
  • san francisco, CA, United States
  • 07-31-10

skip it

This audiobook was a waste of a credit. Listening to this book is like listening to one of your girlfriends ramble on and on and on and then on again about her husband, what didn't work, how she wished it had worked, all the things that did work over and over and then over again, you just wish at some point she would talk about something else........anything else!!!!

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  • Marie
  • WASHINGTON, DC, United States
  • 11-14-10

Living through a man's mid life crisis

Though I found the "I'm an author, why aren't I more successful?" parts annoying I was genuinely interested in the story of a wife living through her husband's mid-life crisis and attempts of divorce and separation educational. It does explore that "for worse" part of the marriage vows and I would recommend this book for those about to marry so they can ask themselves, if your spouse announced that they no longer loved you, what would you do.

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A must read before you end relationship

I loved this book. The author wrote about her experience in taking a road less traveled. In the past it was shameful to leave a marriage, nowadays it's shameful to stay. In this story the author stays with her husband as he deals with financial issues and mid-life blues. He's not very nice to her, or loving and he wants to leave the marriage, yet She holds on tight and navigates the storm, and she keeps her marriage and family from capsizing. I loved this women's determination to keep her marriage and at the same time maintain her dignity. Most books on this topic do not advocate what the author has done, which makes this book a good read to see how to look at the situation differently. I was going through similar issues with my marriage when I read this book. Some days I felt like it was just me and the author fighting this battle, and I survived. I thank Laura Munson for her words and for the courage to write this personal tale. It certainly helped me and my family. I highly recommend this story.