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No Happy Endings

A Memoir
Narrated by: Nora McInerny
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
5 out of 5 stars (155 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The author of It’s Okay to Laugh and host of the popular podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking - interviews that are “[A] gift to be able to listen [to]” (New York Times) - returns with more hilarious meditations on her messy, wonderful, bittersweet, and unconventional life.

Life has a million different ways to kick you right in the chops. We lose love, lose jobs, lose our sense of self. For Nora McInerny, it was losing her husband, her father, and her unborn second child in one catastrophic year. 

But in the wake of loss, we get to assemble something new from whatever is left behind. Some circles call finding happiness after loss “Chapter Two” - the continuation of something else. Today, Nora is remarried and mothers four children aged 16 months to 16 years. While her new circumstances bring her extraordinary joy, they are also tinged with sadness over the loved ones she’s lost. 

Life has made Nora a reluctant expert in hard conversations. On her wildly popular podcast, she talks about painful experiences we inevitably face and exposes the absurdity of the question “How are you?” that people often ask when we’re coping with the aftermath of emotional catastrophe. She knows intimately that when your life falls apart, there’s a mad rush to be okay - to find a silver lining, to get to the happy ending. In this, her second memoir, Nora offers a tragicomic exploration of the tension between finding happiness and holding space for the unhappy experiences that have shaped us. 

No Happy Endings is an audiobook for people living life after life has fallen apart. It’s an audiobook for people who know they’re moving forward, not moving on. It’s an audiobook for people who know life isn’t always happy, but it isn’t the end: There will be unimaginable joy and incomprehensible tragedy. As Nora reminds us, there will be no happy endings - but there will be new beginnings.

©2019 Nora McInerny (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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sweet book, love that she is from Minnesota. it's always uplifting to listen to how others survive and thrive after loss

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Broke my heart open in the best possible way

Anyone who is grieving and has a sense of humor will love love love this book. Nora has done it again with another heart felt and funny book. She helps us all leave the door open to let love in. Didn’t think it was possible but this one was even better than the first. She is an excellent narrator.

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Listening to Nora makes everything feel ok.

Nora has a gift of telling stories with so much authenticity, honesty, humor, and humility that you feel like you know her deeply. And she knows you. This book made me laugh and cry and feel like we can all understand one another just a little better with some empathy. Thank you, Nora, for sharing your life with us and helping to normalizing all of our crazy, emotional, very human struggles.

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Heartfelt, Honest, Beautiful

Bravo, Nora! This book touched my heart. I laughed and cried and feel like Nora is my new bff.

Life isn’t perfect. But Instagram makes you think otherwise. Nora brilliantly shares her heart and her experiences in a way that makes you realize life doesn’t have to be wonderful all the time. But we should definitely celebrate when it is. Grief. Love. Kids. This book has it all and I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone!

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Must Read!

Get this book! Read this book. If you’re a person who’s survived, if you’re a person that has felt like life has kicked you in the teeth, even if you’re a person you should read this book!

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Nora is my favorite human ever and this book is everything.

This book is made for anyone who has gone through some shit (I’m pretty she says that herself). I’ve followed Nora since I read her first book and she is one of the most inspirational people I follow on the social media. Nora is real, raw, and authentic. No Happy Endings is a sad/happy love story that anyone can relate to. Nora’s ability to find meaning in all things is beautiful. Read this book, you won’t be disappointed.

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5 Gold Stars Cause Nora Loves Them

Ok I'm not just giving Nora's book 5 stars because she loves them and I want her to like me and be my friend. It's also because her writing is authentic, honest, vulnerable, inspiring and hilarious all at the same time. If you could use some inspiration, courage and laughs like me read this book.

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sweet and uplifting

I've been a fan of Nora's podcast for the last year, and this books is a bitter sweet taste of her creation. I wasn't expecting to feel empower and it is actually quite feminist.

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Nora makes me think and care

If we’re honest with ourselves (and most of us are not) tragedy and disappointment visit us at times throughout our lives. We have choices about how to deal and act with them; or with the tragedies and disappointments of others. Some of us ignore the tragedies and live pretend lives. Others face tragedy and unimaginable pain head on (the less appealing option) and are often the better for it. Nora proves again in NHE (homage to TTFA) her wisdom and insights so valuable in living the best possible life in spite of tragedy.

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Loved it!

This book is wonderful. I was very happy that the author is also the narrator, as I really love her podcast, Terrible Thanks is for Asking. I’m always amazed at the way life’s tragedies unfold, and how the light still gets in through the hole in our hearts. This book is a shining example of how getting back up, after the relentless bashing experienced during the hard-knock falls in life, is always worth it!