It's Ok to Laugh

It's Ok to Laugh

(crying Is Cool, Too)

Book - 2016
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"Twenty-seven-year-old Nora McInerny Purmort bounced from boyfriend to dopey 'boyfriend' until she met Aaron--a charismatic art director and comic-book nerd who once made Nora laugh so hard she pulled a muscle. When Aaron was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, they refused to let it limit their love. They got engaged on Aaron's hospital bed and had a baby boy while he was on chemo. In the period that followed, Nora and Aaron packed fifty years of marriage into the three they got, spending their time on what really matters: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, each other, and Beyoncé. A few months later, Aaron died in Nora's arms. The obituary they wrote during Aaron's hospice care revealing his true identity as Spider-Man touched the nation. With It's Okay to Laugh, Nora puts a young, fresh twist on the subjects of mortality and resilience. What does it actually mean to live your 'one wild and precious life' to the fullest? How can a joyful marriage contain more sickness than health? How do you keep going when life kicks you in the junk? In this deeply felt and deeply funny memoir, Nora gives her readers a true gift--permission to struggle, permission to laugh, permission to tell the truth and know that everything will be okay. It's Okay to Laugh is a love letter to life, in all its messy glory; it reads like a conversation with a close friend, and leaves a trail of glitter in its wake."--Adapted from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, [2016]
ISBN: 9780062419378
Branch Call Number: BIO PURMORT NORA Mcin
Characteristics: xi, 274 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Lay off me, Mary
Brothers gotta hug
Take the message to Garcia
Where is my syllabus?
iPhone therapy
My eighties-sitcom dad
Family (a story about juggalos and not my actual family, sorry siblings)
A boy is why I moved to New York, and a boy is why I left
How I met your father
Please let me get what I want
What to do when the person you love gets brain cancer (or any cancer)
And also with you
Sorry you dated me
The game
My ex-boyfriend's ex-girlfriend
Who should you marry?
The most magical place on earth
Hot young widows club
A letter to the recruiter who emailed my husband a month after his death
Life plans I've made since my husband died
Quiet, Susan
It's a secret, so hush
Immaculate conception
Helpful advice for new mothers
Everyone thinks their kid is the best but mine actually is
You're doing a good job
Relationship porn (XXX, NSFW)
Cool widow kind of wants to kiss someone
Frenching in a van
How you do it
Please like me
I don't want to make it look easy
Meanwhile, the world goes on
Is he going to die soon?
"The boy is mine"
Welcome to Grey Gardens
Petty crimes
Lean in
Just quit
It's going to be okay (I think)
Alternative Title: It is ok to laugh


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Jan 29, 2017

I stumbled across this on the New Books shelf -- what a find! Nora's story is unbelievably sad but her writing style is so honest and hilarious, you can't help but keep reading. I found myself crying and laughing out loud in the SAME PARAGRAPH. The book is a little bit memoir combined with the tragic experiences of the last few years, and how the author dealt with grief and loss. If you enjoy the book, you will probably also like a podcast the author recently started called "Terrible, Thanks For Asking" -- really well done.


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