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Sunday, June 19, 2016

It's Okay To Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too): A Memoir by Nora McInerny Purmort

It's Okay to Laugh cover

About It’s Okay to Laugh

• Hardcover: 288 pages
• Publisher: Dey Street Books (May 24, 2016)

comedy = tragedy + time/rosé

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.

This is for people who aren’t sure if they’re saying or doing the right thing (you’re not, but nobody is). This is for people who had their life turned upside down and just learned to live that way. For people who have laughed at a funeral or cried in a grocery store. This is for everyone who wondered what exactly they’re supposed to be doing with their one wild and precious life. I don’t actually have the answer, but if you find out, will you text me?

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My Thoughts:

Losing the love of your life has got to be one of the hardest things to endure in the world. Author Nora McInerny Purmort gives her outlook of carrying on after the loss of her husband in her book, "It's Okay To Laugh."

Looking for the humor in a tragic situation, Purmort tells her story with a dry sense of humor that at times brings the reader to absolute tears while attempting to stanch giggles in other portions of the book!  This book is realistic and gritty while also managing to give comfort to those who might be walking the same path as Purmort did. I admire her for sharing her story and for doing her best to carry on.

About Nora McInerny Purmort

Nora McInerny Purmort was voted Most Humorous by the Annunciation Catholic School Class of 1998. It was mostly downhill after that, but she did get to spend three glorious years married to Aaron Joseph Purmort (aka Spider-Man). Her work has appeared on Cosmopolitan.com, Elle.com, and the Huffington Post, and in the Star Tribune. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her son, Ralph. They really like it there.
Find out more about Nora at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Tour Stops

Tuesday, May 24th: The Discerning Reader
Wednesday, May 25th: StephTheBookworm
Thursday, May 26th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Friday, May 27th: 5 Minutes For Books
Monday, May 30th: Thoughts On This ‘n That
Wednesday, June 1st: Tina Says…
Monday, June 6th: Back Porchervations
Tuesday, June 7th: Ms. Nose in a Book
Monday, June 13th: Book by Book
TBD: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

My thanks to TLC Book Reviews for including me on this tour, and to the publisher for providing the review copy.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

trish said...

I can imagine it was hard for her to put her story out there. Thank you for sharing your thoughts as part of the tour!