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My Glory Was I Had Such Friends
My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: A Memoir | Amy Silverstein
In this moving memoir about the power of friendship and the resilience of the human spirit, Amy Silverstein tells the story of the extraordinary group of women who supported her as she waited on the precipice for a life-saving heart transplant. Nearly twenty-six years after receiving her first heart transplant, Amy Silversteins donor heart plummeted into failure. If she wanted to live, she had to take on the grueling quest for a new heartimmediately. A shot at survival meant uprooting her life and moving across the country to California. When her friends heard of her plans, there was only one reaction: Im there. Nine remarkable womenJoy, Jill, Leja, Jody, Lauren, Robin, Valerie, Ann, and Janeput demanding jobs and pressing family obligations on hold to fly across the country and be by Amys side. Creating a calendar spreadsheet, the womensome of them strangers to one anotherpassed the baton of friendship, one to the next, and headed straight and strong into the battle to help save Amys life. Empowered by the kind of empathy that can only grow with age, these women, each knowing Amy from different stages of her life, banded together to provide her with something that medicine alone could not. Sleeping on a cot beside her bed, they rubbed her back and feet when the pain was unbearable, adorned her room with death-distracting decorations, and engaged in their best talks ever. They saw the true measure of their friends strength, and they each responded in kind. My Glory Was I Had Such Friends is a tribute to these women and the intense hours they spent togetherhours of heightened emotion and self-awareness, where everything was laid bare. Candid and heartrending, this once-in-a-lifetime story of connection and empathy is a powerful reminder of the ultimate importance of showing up for those we love.
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Well-ReadNeck
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Jeanne_S
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So good. And a fantastic title.

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JHgotham
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“And when there were tears-bitter, streaming ones as we feared for each of our futures-we shared whatever armor we had, promising our presence and protection to each other now and always.”

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JHgotham
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As I was reading this little twerp was trying to sneak off with my fish-which was about her same size ha

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JHgotham
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Went out fishing today. Very nice day to relax and read a bit

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Bailedbailed

3/5 ⭐️ I get uncomfortable when talking about medicine so this book probably just wasn‘t for me. It was an interesting look into the life of someone struggling with a serious illness. Seeing their thoughts and reactions to how others treated them was interesting.

Read my full review on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2446650648

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Well-ReadNeck
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Tissues are a must-have accessory to this book. It absolutely wrecked me. I absolutely loved this memoir about illness, death and deep friendship. So much to consider here. Highly recommend.

arubabookwoman I liked this too. I want to read her first memoir about her first heart transplant. 1y
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bels_books
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Listening to this on a long drive. I expected this book to be much more about the relationships with her friends because of the title. That has been present, but very much in the background or interspersed with memories. Hearing her perspective on illness and how others react has made me rethink the way I react to people.

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sb3626
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So this is about Amy Silverstein‘s need for a second heart transplant at the age of 50. Her first transplant heart has started to fail and she and her husband Scott need to move from NYC to California. Instantly causing her friends to take action so that she will always have one of them with her during this entire period so that she is never without them. This is a wonderful tale of friendships and what they will do when they are needed #litsyAtoZ

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sb3626
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This came in at the perfect time! I woke up and it finally came in!! Can‘t wait to get started.

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TelevisionNeighbor
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One of my friends since elementary school was diagnosed with breast cancer, so I asked for this book for Christmas. It‘s so hard having a sick friend and I know it‘s even harder being the one who is sick. I‘m glad we all have each other for support, but it really sucks this is happening. What a bummer review.

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bio_chem06
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I tried, oh how I tried....

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KarenUK
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#decdays @Cinfhen #silverbells
One from the TBR today... from Amy Silverstein....
This sounds like a beautiful memoir... 💕

Cinfhen This sounds like an #infinitetissueread 😭😭😭😭😭 2y
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amreads
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I love the title of this book!

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lauralovesbooks1
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Wonderful memoir about the power and value of friendship. Amy Silverman made it 25 years with her first heart transplant. When it began failing, she and her husband had to move from NY to LA while she waits for a donor heart. Her friends get together and come up with a calendar so that they will always have someone there to help. Late night conversations, tough moments, and shenanigans -- it's the friendship that matters.

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ashsbookmarks
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I reviewed My Glory Was I Had Such Friends by Amy Silverstein on my blog this week. I talk about the book and my emotions that I had reading it 😣
www.ashsscript.com
#myglorywas #myglorywasihadsuchfriends #amysilverstein #bookreview #recommended

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 3! Recently released. Silverstein tells the story of the group of women who supported her while waiting for a heart transplant. Her shot at saving her life required uprooting to California. Her friends were there for her: Joy, Jill, Leja, Jody, Lauren, Robin, Valerie, Ann, and Jane. Creating a spreadsheet, they took turns away from jobs and family to assist in daily mundane tasks to doctor visits. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

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Donnasmiles
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Have you read this tear jerker yet? Breezing through.
I'm a sucker for a great memoir and this one is definitely satisfying that craving. Story is about friends who are there for you during life's challenges. This challenge is facing up to a second heart transplant and all that encompasses.Kleenex alert!

jenniferw88 #stacked! I have had a ❤️ transplant so it will be interesting to see if I can relate! 2y
Donnasmiles Oh my...I hope you like it and my wish would be that your support system is a strong one like the author. I recently lost my husband (pancreatic cancer) and I was in awe of how many stepped in to help, encourage, and support both of us. Best wishes to you on your journey. 2y
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RanaElizabeth
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Pretty excited for all of this. Great book, an amazing pastie, and fresh veggies at the market.

Zelma Excellent start to the day. That pasty looks yummy! 2y
tpixie Perfect! Trifecta!! 2y
RanaElizabeth @Zelma It is so, so good. There are several food trucks and I've gotten the same chicken pastie each time. 2y
EvieBee Looks delicious! I so want to read this book! Keep us posted and let us know if needed Kleenex! 2y
RanaElizabeth @EvieBee I already got the first small sniffles at page four! I'm a crier so this will definitely be an experience! 2y
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Jas16
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Listening to this audiobook memoir about a woman suffering from donor heart failure and how her #girlfriends rally around her in amazing ways. I don't think audio is the best format for this one and may have to try it again in print. #anditsaugust

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wow...did this memoir give me all the feels. i think i will buy copies for my closest girl friends ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

minkyb High praise! 2y
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ashsbookmarks
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I am loving the Libby app. I have put a ton of books on hold. And I'm still working my way through Atlas Shrugged 🤷🏻‍♀️ that is a lloooooonnnggg book!! But the second half is getting so good!
#read #listen #library #libby

Gharv @ashsbookmarks thank you for mentioning the Libby app! I never thought about checking into audiobooks at the library and am always so bummed about how expensive they are to buy. Now I will always have something to listen to on the treadmill! 2y
Reganw Loved Sleeping Giants. Waking Gods is on my tbr 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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When Amy finds out her heart is failing 26 years after her first heart transplant 9 of her girlfriends provide her with the spreadsheet. It details when each of them will uproot their lives to be in California for her and her husband Scott as support. No day is left uncovered.

Tears in the gym, at work, in the car, and while cooking dinner. These women are powerful. I hug my girlfriends tighter now. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

auntie_jenn i listen to a lot of audio books, but this one is addictive. i must have sat in the car for 10 minutes so i could finish the pacemaker section. 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @auntie_jenn Gahhh. The pacemaker section where she has it installed made me sick and angry. This book is addicting. Definitely one of my favorites. 2y
mcctrish I saw Amy on CBS Sunday Morning and they interviewed her friends too. It took my breathe away. I need to get this book 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @mcctrish Definitely! It's so good. 2y
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auntie_jenn
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audio ironing. #amlistening #24in48

Ashley_Nicoletto This book is so good. I'm also listening to the audio. 2y
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CuriousG
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Loving the crap out of this one, even though it makes me sob and produce excessive amounts of mucus every time I listen to part of it. #audiobookgem #amysilverstein #readerbeware #snotbomb

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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All the tears.

😢😢😢

MicheleinPhilly The description alone! 😭 2y
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Dmtlang
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Started My Glory Was I Had Such Friends. Three pages in and I've already cried once. #bookfieldtrip

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desertbibliophile
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This book is so inspiring. A must pick up for anyone needing a good hug from a great group of women.

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ReadingManda
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Pretty sure this book is going to rip my heart out and stomp on it. 💗

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RanaElizabeth
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After years of wanting and needing, I finally treated myself to the Mukherjee books. An extra book might have fallen, by complete and total accident, into the shopping cart too.

Plus! My bookmark from @ruthemmielang came too! So gorgeous!

EvieBee That happens a lot to me too. Beautiful haul! 2y
ruthemmielang 🙌🏻 2y
RanaElizabeth @EvieBee84 It's so strange. Books are just jumping and flying all over the place. You gotta be real careful or you'll get a hitchhiker in your cart. 2y
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Lauren.Archer
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As I am writing this, I still have tears in my eyes. This is one of the most beautiful books I have read and by far the best book of 2017. You will laugh a lot and you will cry a lot more. This story takes a whole new level of the power of friendship.

LiteraryinLititz Wow. I just read the description. Sounds intense and really affecting! 2y
ReadingManda I can't wait to read this! 2y
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍 2y
Sfbeavers Just started it! 2y
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Lauren.Archer
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Going to take a break from work to eat my lunch and start this book, which came highly recommend on All The Books. Also heard JJ Abrams is turning this into a limited series from book riot.

Ashley_Nicoletto I ordered the audio of this because of all the books. Can't wait to listen to it. 2y
Sarah_Readerton I put it on hold at the library after listening to All The Books also. I can't wait to get my hands on it. 2y
ReadingManda I had to download as soon as I read this! 2y
DimeryRene Everything I do, I do because of All the Books!! ❤️💛💚💙💜 2y
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BookNAround
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I rearranged my summer book collection yesterday and pulled this one out to read next.

kiminreverse Such a pretty cover. This is on my TBR shortlist. 2y
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Skeebies05
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These are the threw books I received at work today! Yes that is how my desk always looks.

Skeebies05 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I may start with that one because I just finished a friendship book (The Animators). 2y
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Librarylady
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Several years ago I read Sick Girl by Amy Silverstein, a memoir that chronicled her out of the blue sickness and heart transplant that followed. She has written a follow-up memoir surviving long past the decade most heart transplant patients survive. I'm glad I get a chance to reconnect with this author and am hopeful that her story will end as happily as possible.