No Happy Endings No Happy Endings

No Happy Endings

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    • $19.99

Publisher Description

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 2”—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 a book for people living life after life has fallen apart. It’s a book for people who know that they’re moving forward, not moving on. It’s a book 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.

Biographies & Memoirs
Nora McInerny
hr min
March 26

Customer Reviews

LTUnorthodox ,


This book has been a wonderful part of helping me through my recent break up.

There were times I rolled my eyes at her luck and new found happiness after being dealt with such tragedy and misery. Times where I wanted to stop reading because I didn’t want to think of my ex and her ever receiving happiness from someone else other than me after our split, because I want God to give us another chance noting that I’ve come to acknowledge and accept my faults and insecurities that caused the breakup, and the fact that I’m seeking therapy to better myself. Albeit my ex has many underlying issues of her own to work upon.

But I know, that my ex is her own person with her own free will and can do whatever she pleases, wants or needs to do for herself, regardless of what we promised each other in the beginning.

And this book has been a large part of helping me come to terms with loss, personal growth, acceptance and rebirth. And trying not to be so selfish and or jealous as I had with past relationships let alone shortly after this one.

At 35, I’m still figuring myself out and working at becoming an adult, let alone the very best version of myself, for myself as well as any future relationships that I build with my ex and or new partners I become involved with.

I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone, no matter what situation, moment in life they’re going through.

Thank you very much, my condolences and congratulations. God Bless

tr8158 ,

So good!

Such a good read. Enjoyed Nora’s book very much.

Midwest Babe ,

Heartbreakingly beautiful

Nora McInerny has done it again! This book is utterly and completely heartbreakingly beautiful. Truly a must-read for anyone interested in what it means to feel empathetic toward other humans, or anyone who breathes oxygen on earth.

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