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Any Ordinary Day
Any Ordinary Day: Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life | Leigh Sales
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As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality - sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event. What are our chances of actually experiencing one? What do we fear most and why? And when the worst does happen, what comes next? In this wise and layered book, Leigh talks intimately with people who've faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Expecting broken lives, she instead finds strength, hope, even humour. Leigh brilliantly condenses the cutting-edge research on the way the human brain processes fear and grief, and poses the questions we too often ignore out of awkwardness. Along the way, she offers an unguarded account of her own challenges and what she's learned about coping with life's unexpected blows. Warm, candid and empathetic, this book is about what happens when ordinary people, on ordinary days, are forced to suddenly find the resilience most of us don't know we have.
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mija333
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I couldn‘t handle this. I only got 100 pages in before giving up. The whole first 100 is about her interviewing people after traumatic events. I love Chat10 so I was expecting the book to be more about her. No no no!

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CarolynM
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#MusicalNewYear #AtTheEndOfTheDay

This book is about what happens to people after traumatic events and features interviews with Australians who have suffered great losses in circumstance that have attracted publicity. I think it is intended to be uplifting, highlighting resilience and the indomitablity of the human spirit, but it feels a bit voyeuristic and even exploitative to me. 👇

CarolynM A friend who has suffered a traumatic loss was given a copy. Her response was "It's not helpful". 11mo
Cinfhen Oh wow! I‘m not sure how I‘d feel either. 11mo
vivastory Yeah, some of the survival stories can unfortunately really be exploited. It's unfortunate. 11mo
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Joanne1
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A thought provoking and extremely engaging book charting life after catastrophic disaster and how people cope when their lives are turned upside down. Of course, being Sales the research is extremely thorough and the people she chose to interview are add layers of meaning and depth to that research.

MrsMalaprop I liked this one too 😊. 11mo
Jeg I really liked this book. 11mo
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Joanne1
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My lunch break on a swelteringly hot day. Thank goodness the library is well air conditioned.

gradcat Swelteringly hot 🥵? Where do you live? 😂 We‘re freezing over here 🥶 (edited) 11mo
Joanne1 @gradcat I‘m in Australia. We‘re bracing for temperatures around 42C. Four days ago I was in Washington and it was -5C. Quite a contrast. 11mo
gradcat I figured you had to be in Oz, or thereabouts...I bet that was a rude reality check temperature-wise...DC to Australia—wow! 😊😊 11mo
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LeeRHarry How are you enjoying the book ?- I‘m a huge Leigh Sales fan! 🤗 11mo
Joanne1 @LeeRHarry finished it this afternoon and really enjoyed it, lots to think about. I‘m a Leigh Sales fan girl too. Are you a chatter by chance? 11mo
LeeRHarry @Joanne1 I am indeed 😊 11mo
Joanne1 @LeeRHarry always nice to meet a fellow cult member. 11mo
LeeRHarry @Joanne1 for sure 😊 11mo
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TheCuriousHousecat
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I‘m not a believer in karma. I know that if you‘re nice to people more than likely they‘ll respond nicely in return but as far as the universe rewarding you for a life well lived, well that‘s hilarious. It‘s all random and chaotic. And this book reiterates that in a rather readable way.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️from me.

MrsMalaprop 👍 I‘m with you on the karma. 11mo
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Clazzy11

Finished 5.1.19, the day I decided to write a book journal

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Clazzy11
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It has elements of Option B, but is a better written, more explorative and less conclusive. Leigh writes well. The personal stories of those she interviews illuminate the multi-faceted nature of grief and how differently it takes its toll on individuals. I‘d return to it if I were going through a traumatic event and hope to remember that “optimism, extroversion, hardiness and a healthy ego” are protective factors when it comes to overcoming.

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Joanne1
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New year, new book.

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Abailliekaras
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An excellent book. Leigh Sales explores how we recover from sudden traumatic events, with compassion, curiosity and the skills of a seasoned journalist. Fascinating interviews. I loved her warmth and honesty throughout - it‘s like being in her company as we learn how to navigate life‘s ‘blindsides‘ or how to help a friend after a death, for example. It‘s both inspiring & practical about coping with tough times. Highly recommended.

WhatThePuck I need this! My family went through 2 life changing injuries last year. 12mo
Abailliekaras @WhatThePuck I was impressed by how practical it was. And just a great read. 12mo
Blaire This sounds great. I‘ve had a lot of loss and bad news in my immediate and extended family the last couple of years. #stacked 12mo
Freespirit Sounds like a must read 12mo
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Abailliekaras
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I‘m really enjoying this. Interesting and well-written and Leigh Sales is a warm, engaging presence throughout the book. I like the mix of her compassionate voice with robust research and good journalism.

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Jeg
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Wonderful book , arrived at just the right time for me. Again the right book at the right time. At times a bit hard to read , I cried quite a lot but humans are so resilient my heart was singing also. @MrsMalaprop .
I‘m going to look out her other books as I found her writing style easy to read. I heard her voice in my head.

CarolynM I got this from my book group's Kris Kringle on Monday night. I hadn't been planning to read it, but now I have it and I know you like it...🙂 13mo
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MrsMalaprop
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As stated on the cover, well known Aussie journalist Leigh Sales writes about “Blindsides, resilience and what happens after the worst day of your life”.

Combining real-life stories of tragedy that most Australians will remember with some facts and figures. A quick, thought provoking and moving read.

👍❤️📚 #oznonfiction

LeeRHarry Went to her book launch in Melbourne with a couple of friends - we are hoping to do a buddy read over the summer - glad you thought it was good 😊 13mo
MrsMalaprop @LeeRHarry Buddy or book club read would be great with this one 👍. 13mo
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MrsMalaprop
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This is an insightful and engrossing read. Australian journalist Leigh Sales interviews people who‘ve experienced immense tragedy and asks them how they made it through. #currentlyreading

JennyM You look very cozy 😊 13mo
Cathythoughts Yes looking decidedly chilled out 👍🏻 13mo
MrsMalaprop @JennyM @Cathythoughts The warm weather finally seems to have arrived, so comfy rather than cozy, & with a fresh pedicure 🌞😁. 13mo
RavensCarm This quote makes me want to read this book but just discovered it doesn‘t release until February here in Canada :( 13mo
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