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Good Grief Thirty six year old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to be a good widow a graceful composed Jackie Kennedy kind of widow Alas she is of the Jack Daniels kind Self medicating with ice cream for brea

  • Title: Good Grief
  • Author: Lolly Winston
  • ISBN: 9780446694841
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thirty six year old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to be a good widow a graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow Alas, she is of the Jack Daniels kind Self medicating with ice cream for breakfast, breaking down at the supermarket, and showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers soon she s not only lost her husband, but her job, housed waistlThirty six year old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to be a good widow a graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow Alas, she is of the Jack Daniels kind Self medicating with ice cream for breakfast, breaking down at the supermarket, and showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers soon she s not only lost her husband, but her job, housed waistline With humor and chutzpah Sophie leaves town, determined to reinvent her life But starting over has its hurdles soon she s involved with a thirteen year old who has a fascination with fire, and a handsome actor who inspires a range of feelings she can t cope with yet.

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    1. Onvan : Good Grief - Nevisande : Lolly Winston - ISBN : 446694843 - ISBN13 : 9780446694841 - Dar 357 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2004

    2. I read this about a month after my husband died, and I remember thinking at the time how amazing it was that someone absolutely GOT so many of the crazy things that were going through my head. Some of the descriptions of grief and the crazy things you think, feel, and do are absolutely spot onbut after about halfway through the book it just traipses off into la-la, fantasy land. At 2 years now after my husband died, and having met a great number of young widows in those two years, it's absolutel [...]

    3. I am filled up with so much love for this book. I wonder if it's visible, like a big red cartoon heart over my head?It may be a case of the right book, at the right time. What an honest, raw depiction of an all encompassing loss. The ending was sort of sudden, but it's okay. I loved it all the same.

    4. I loved this book! At first, I wasn't sure if I should even buy it because of the expected start of the protagonist dying if some karmic cycle would point that fate into my pathe. But because of the topic of grief, I thought to give it a try.Yes, yes, and yes. I totally related to this storye phases of grief and losswhat a person does and doesn't do can be actually extremely hilarious.I LOL, I cried, I shouted, I rooted and cheared, I became involved with these characters as if they could be par [...]

    5. Good Grief was on a bookshelf at my job last winter and I picked it up, read the first few chapters, and loved it. It chronicles Sophie's mental breakdown after she loses her husband to a cancer. Sounds very Lifetime-movie-of-the-week, I admit, but Winston managed to write something serious and make it tender and funny at the same time. I was bummed when the book went missing and kept forgetting to buy my own copy.I finally read it and I was disappointed. Really disappointed, actually. When Soph [...]

    6. Sophie Stanton is a widow at age 36. Her husband died of cancer. This book looks at how she moves through the stages of grief.She tries to go to support groups. She self-medicates with strong prescription drugs with disastrous results. She eats tons of food - pints of ice cream, packages of Oreos - while sitting in bed crying and watching COPS. For weeks on end.Finally she makes a move across the country in an attempt to jar herself out of this breakdown. Her father and her stepmother take care [...]

    7. I picked up this paperback not expecting too much more than some light fluff for my vacation. I was pleasantly surprised that it turned out to be such a good story.It is about a woman recently widowed and how she copes with her grief and rebuilds her life. I thought the author did a good job showing her grief and how there is humour in the sadness. This author is really funny but real and I enjoyed the story despite the sad subject. I plan on sharing it with a friend who lost her husband at a yo [...]

    8. A quick read; funny, likable protagonist but the plot is a little too pat. Devastated widow leaves old life behind. Sells house, moves to Oregon, opens a bakery, joins the Big Sister organization and finds that by helping others she helps herself - Amen. P.S. She also immediately finds a handsome, hot, helpful straight guy who wants to marry her. Maybe this should be shelved under fantasy.

    9. Read this one on audiobook, and found it totally charming. I chose it mainly because it was one of the few audiobooks in the sorry rural Arkansas library collection that I hadn't read, and my expectations were low. The evil librarian said, "That's a good book." when I checked it out. (I used to really hate people commenting on my book, video or grocery choices after I moved to Arkansas, but it's a fact of life here, and I've gotten used to it--although I still hate it when it comes from the evil [...]

    10. This is an amazingly well-written book for a first novel. I was torn between giving it a 3 or a 4. On the basis of the writing, it deserves a 4. The only reason that I didn't "really, really like it" was because the subject matter, while realistically presented, was so painful. This book is about the first year of a young woman's widowhood, and by necessity the first half is about her agony, grief and depression. In the second half, she starts the healing process and develops ways to cope and mo [...]

    11. This is a funny and heartwarming book about a young woman's fight to build a new life after the death of her husband. Sophie Stanton is in her mid thirties and loses her young husband to cancer. In an age where women are expected to be high-achievers, Sophie desperately wants to be a good widow but things don't turn out that way as she is not the sterotypical type. Instead she puts away gallons of ice-cream and has major breakdowns which in turn cause her to lose her job, to say the least. Once [...]

    12. Such a strange experience, a topic that is a total heart-break, why do you find yourself giggling??? Lolly Winston has a wonderful way of developing characters. I was particularly impressed with her ability to write the teenage character Crystal, it seemed spot on accurate and I wonder at how she was able to write her so clearly.I think the only thing that had me rating this novel with only three stars is the main character's ability to cope with the death of her husband so quickly and neatly. M [...]

    13. Probably a 4 1/2, but then, I could change my mind. I logged in this book a few days before writing this review, and found I missed the characters, their ins and outs, the folks they met along the way so much, I upgraded !This is a glimpse into grief, and how differently it is handled. The central character, Sophie Stanton, is widowed very young losing her husband to cancer after three years of marriage. The Parts are divided into sub-parts which are the stages of grief and how Sophie deals with [...]

    14. I read this book in what basically turned out to be a sick day, lolling on my couch. Normally, books about widowhood make me very nervous, because it is one of my biggest fears to think about life without javaczuk. I often tell him if he dies before me, I'll kill him. I just don't want to contemplate it at all. But at Rebekkila's urging, I read this, and found it to be in the upper end of chick lit, with some believable characters, touching not only on grief, but issues of trust, and some other [...]

    15. As I read this book I found myself alternately giggling or holding back tears, and nodding my head in agreement; uh huh, I've done that myself (wearing Kelly's clothes, being angry because he's not here, wanting to pull the covers over my head, etc.) The story is engaging, the author has a light touch, but it seemed almost too trivial in places,or perhaps contrived would be a better description, like the author is making sure all of the "steps of grieving" are included in the book. I wouldn't go [...]

    16. I am currently reading this book. It was given to me right after my husband died and I couldn't bear to open it. I now can't put it down. I can't believe how much of the book feels exactly like me! I would recommend this book to anyone who has lost their husband and to their friends so they can understand what they are going through.

    17. I thought this was beautifully written. It was funny as well as touching. I felt sad for the character because I have seen first hand someone close to me deal with how hard it is to live after a loved one has passed on. Lovely story. I will be reading more from this author.

    18. Simpatično napisana teška tema Bilo bi super da iz tugovanja svi dobijemo peticu, kao i glavna protagonistica! ;-)

    19. A Tidy Tale of Life's "Untidyness"In the aftermath of her husband's death from cancer, Sophie first nearly self-destructs then moves to Ashland, OR. Once there coping is made possible through the necessity of making a living and just plain getting on with it. Part of her recovery is facilitated by being helpful to others. The swift and easy romantic involvement wasn't the least bit convincing to me.Unfortunately (for me) I wasn't able to find as much humor in the story as was perhaps intended. T [...]

    20. This really should be a 3.5 stars.This book has been sitting on my shelf for so long, I don’t even remember why I originally purchased it. I admit that one of the reasons I passed over this book so many times is because I figured it would be depressing, all about death/dying, or too much of a chick-lit-book, or maybe just not very interesting. Well, sure, there was a bit about death and dying, but the author finds a realistic way of looking at how people tend to deal with grief over the death [...]

    21. You know that time when you're too young to know better about books? Yes? Well, that happened to me when I was thirteen and my literary tastes had not yet fomented themselves. Mind you, I was already a huge Harry Potter fan. However, my opinionated parents encouraged me to try different types of books. And along came my good-humored neighbor and told my mother to read this book. It was like her salvation. My mother then tossed the book to me and said I should give it a try.So, I started reading [...]

    22. I picked this book up years ago for a dollar and I'm not sure why. I think I just liked the title. I know I hated the cover graphic of a pair of bunny slippers. I didn't expect much from it, it seemed like 'chick lit does widowhood.' But I'm so glad I read it because it was just wonderful.Sophie Stanton is a 36 year old woman who is widowed after 3 years of marriage. She completely falls apart and the story of her coming apart and subsequent healing is beautifully told. One thing that I loved ab [...]

    23. I would have given this book only 3 stars if it hadn't made me laugh so much and right out loud. That alone brings it up a star in my opinion. This is a fun easy read about a woman who had lost her hustand to cancer and follows her through the first 18 months after his death. You get to go through her grief process with her. The story is told with so much insight and humor that you fall in love with Sopie the widow. In her own words, she desperately wants to be a good widow - graceful, composed, [...]

    24. This novel tells of a widow who struggles to regain some measure of normalcy (with varying degrees of success). I was a little peeved when she would go out to eat at restaurants and attend theatre and then complain about not having enough money, but for the most part, she's a wonderfully human character, struggling through the loss of her husband, her house, her job, and her waistline. If she were a real-life person, I'd want to meet her for coffee. This novel balances the protagonist's hardship [...]

    25. What a pleasant surprise Lolly Winston's story turned out to be. Despite the heartbreaking and painful subject matter, the narrative is light, witty, with some really funny moments there.More than Sophie's tough times battling depression after losing her husband of 3 years to cancer, the story has a good dose of compassion, friendship and companionship with yummy-for-my-tummy cheesecakes and cookies thrown into the mix.

    26. This was a really good read, a perfect balance between deep emotions and light-heartedness. I loved how realistic the characters seemed, and I particularly loved Sophie's relationship with the young girl. The only iffy part for me was that she started a new romance within the year. Maybe its because I've been married so long but I cannot imagine starting a new romance that quickly. Nonetheless, it was a perfect summer read that left me smiling.

    27. This was my second time reading this book. I enjoyed it better the first time. Would give it a 3.5. Worthy read. Character loses husband to cancer & struggles through the first year of grief. Very touching & quirky insight into grief

    28. Re-read this fabulous novel this weekend, as a way to treat myself. It is alternately funny, disarming, and insightful. One of my favorites.

    29. On bookcrossing I wrote on Saturday, March 17, 20077 out of 10 Well I guess i am one of few who wasn't so thrilled with this book. Maybe because I thought it would be a chick lit book. On amazon I see all the reviews talking about all the humour in the book. I did not really think it was funny at all. As I mentioned in my other JE, maybe it is just the mood I am in. This book made me sad at the start and after awhile I was just bored. Anyways I still thank you for sending this to me Ant. I will [...]

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