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Happiness: A Memoir
Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After | Heather Harpham
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A shirt-grabbing, page-turning love story that follows a one-of-a-kind family through twists of fate that require nearly unimaginable choices. Happiness begins with a charming courtship between hopelessly attracted opposites: Heather, a world-roaming California girl, and Brian, an intellectual, homebody writer, kind and slyly funny, but loath to leave his Upper West Side studio. Their magical interlude ends, full stop, when Heather becomes pregnantBrian is sure he loves her, only he doesn't want kids. Heather returns to California to deliver their daughter alone, buoyed by family and friends. Mere hours after Gracie's arrival, Heather's bliss is interrupted when a nurse wakes her, "Get dressed, your baby is in trouble." This is not how Heather had imagined new motherhood alone, heartsick, an unexpectedly solo caretaker of a baby who smelled "like sliced apples and salted pretzels" but might be perilously ill. Brian reappears as Gracie's condition grows dire; together Heather and Brian have to decide what they are willing to risk to ensure their girl sees adulthood. The grace and humor that ripple through Harpham's writing transform the dross of heartbreak and parental fears into a clear-eyed, warm-hearted view of the world. Profoundly moving and subtly written, Happiness radiates in many directions--new, romantic love; gratitude for a beautiful, inscrutable world; deep, abiding friendship; the passion a parent has for a child; and the many unlikely ways to build a family. Ultimately it's a story about love and happiness, in their many crooked configurations.
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webhau1
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Bookclub pick and look forward to discussing it with them. Very well written and I can see why this was one of Reece Witherspoon‘s bookclub picks.

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webhau1
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Plan for the morning. Bookclub book and fresh coffee❤️

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iggyreads
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Savoring one more chapter before I head in for my yoga class. I‘m still figuring out what‘s happiness to me and whether there is a happily ever after - with myself and not a partner or a friend or a loved one. Are we every truly happy with ourselves - can we be? Always a riveting mystery that I shall seek, for as long as I can.

Eggs Great question...so why am I harder on myself than I am on others? 1y
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mnsreid
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I‘m not always one for memoirs but this book was beautifully written. A sometimes harrowing read, filled with tears and sadness, joy and laughter.

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mrozzz
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What a journey. Heather is surprised by a pregnancy early in a relationship, & again when ready to raise a child alone, she learns hours into her girl‘s life that she has a life-threatening illness. Going on the title alone-I wasn‘t expecting this harrowing story but neither was I disappointed. The incredible strength of a new Mom who will go to any length to make sure her daughter has more than a 50/50 chance of seeing 30 years... is so touching.

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amreads
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This book gave me all the feels!

mnsreid This is in my pile of tbr, glad to see the positive review 1y
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Zbayardo
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I thought I was ready for this book. I thought my heart was filled with enough happiness to read through this one. I was wrong. How foolish I was to think my heart was healed and strong to not cry in the middle of room with a book in hand and still cry some more as I drove in traffic thinking of the painful words written.

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PrezBookster
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Love the story so far!

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auntie_jenn
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i love memoirs. especially on audio. especially when narrated by the author. this one about a new mom and her sick baby girl doesn‘t disappoint. 5⭐️

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TheBookStacker
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This book made me feel so many things, I‘m so glad to have read it and I can‘t wait to see what discussions come up from it. It‘s a lazy, hot day here with my animal menagerie peacefully sleeping I finally finished a book!

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) #catsoflitsy 2y
Lcsmcat 😻😻😻 2y
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BeatriceRepking

What a beautiful story. Could not put this book down.

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TheBookStacker
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Reading in the dog park while the pup runs off her energy. Picked this up for the Reese Witherspoon book club and I enjoy it so far.

Reviewsbylola Win win for both of you! 2y
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Reese Witherspoon April pick

avalinah Oh, this was a really really good book :) 2y
rather_be_reading @avalinah i added it to my tbr pile 2y
avalinah Cool! Just don't read it when your mood is gloomy. It's touching in a sad way. Sick children make you worry, even though you know it ends well because it's a real story. 2y
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Reecaspieces
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Enjoying this beautiful day in the 'Sip. Reading and listening to the high school band practice (yes I can hear them through the trees and across the bottom) about 1.5 miles away!

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Reecaspieces
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Enjoying a little outdoor happiness before work today! This book is very good!

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Lauren.Archer
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Such a beautiful book about a beautiful family. The author did not hold back on depicting all the bad she also gave us the bad. Highly recommend.

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Lauren.Archer
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I heard the author talking about her story on the Kirkus reviews podcast and it sounded awesome.

EvieBee I need to check out that interview! I need to read this book. 2y
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Queenofeverything4
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Loved this book!

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shawnmooney
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Sheesh. I just listened to this powerful 10-minute interview with the author and, despite not usually going in for memoir, particularly this kind, I absolutely need to read this one!

http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/08/07/heather-harpham-happiness

BookNAround I saw her at an author event in Minneapolis and came home with the book too. 2y
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Librarylady
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It's almost 11 PM. Do I start a new book or go to bed? Such a hard decision.

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JacintaMCarter
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