"Thank you for the perfect blend of nostalgia-drenched humor, wit, and heartbreak, Nora." — Mandy Moore
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 mix tapes (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 OK 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 OK to Laugh is like a long chat with a close friend over a cup of coffee (or chardonnay).
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"Nora McInerny Purmort tells her personal story of love, loss, and what follows in this touching, humorous, unapologetically honest memoir. Purmort loses her father and husband to cancer and a baby to a miscarriage all in the same year. But the energy and passion with which she reads her story exudes the life and magic squeezed from her trials rather than the raw pain and sorrow. Her sarcastic wit is magnified through a strong, authentic delivery. While listeners are certain to find humor in her narration, they will also likely feel the unsettling vibrations of her daily struggles and gaping voids. This young mother is sure to captivate her listeners. Just remember before hitting play, it's OK to laugh, and crying is cool, too. J.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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