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The Cure for Modern Life

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From Lisa Tucker, the critically acclaimed author of "Once Upon a Day" and "The Song Reader," comes an extraordinary novel about the way we live now: the choices we make and the decisions we let life make for us.Matthew and Amelia were once in love and planning to raise a family together, but a decade later, they have become professional enemies. To Amelia, who has dedicat ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by Atria
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Auntjenny
Jun 15, 2009 Auntjenny rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this book. At least, I hoped to enjoy this book, which initially seemed promising. For the first 100 pages. Then, it turned to crap.

You know a book is bad when characters can't seem to see the obvious. In this book, it started when the main character, Matthew, suddenly had the problem of desperately needing to pretend he was going to be a father. He simply couldn't figure out to solve this "sudden" problem, even though there just happened to be two young homeless children ca
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Marnie
Jul 15, 2008 Marnie rated it did not like it
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Dannaca
Oct 21, 2013 Dannaca rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-books
It's hard to review this book. At times it was really hard to even read it, but I wanted to see how it ended.

First the good:

I liked a few of the characters. Matthew was interesting. At times he was funny in the dry way that I like and he was multi-faceted and complex the way that well written characters are. I also liked Danny as a character and Kim, his mother was a well written, complex, secondary character.

I loved the way that the writer dealt with drug users. She didn't relegate them so much
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J.M. Cornwell
Aug 04, 2008 J.M. Cornwell rated it it was amazing
A tale of relationships growing and changing in a corrupt and moral modern world.

Danny accosts Matthew at just the right time, while he is high on Ecstasy for the first and only time, to help him, his sick three-year-old sister, Annabelle, and his drug addict mother for a night that turns into more than any of them bargained for. Matthew wakes to find a filthy little boy adamant about staying until Annabelle wakes and has a chance to get better. Matthew’s money, watch, cell phone and credit card
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Jessica
Jan 01, 2012 Jessica rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Radnor Library was closed on Saturday and I am a little bit mad at them because I forgot to anticipate this and was stuck with very few options for reading material in my apartment...to the "Never Got Around to Reading Pile" we go and away we come with a bit of a turd.

Okay, maybe that's a bit harsh but this was really just not a good book. The story was a little on the trite side: Matthew allows two homeless children -- Danny, 10, and Isabella, 3 -- into his apartment late one night while he is
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Sharon
Nov 28, 2013 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
This should really be one and a half stars, it's a bit better than "I didn't like it" but not really good enough to be in the "it was ok" star rating. It was okay - but only just! If this is the only thing left unread on your bookshelf then go ahead, but if the library is open then go there instead :)
Laura K
Mar 28, 2013 Laura K rated it it was ok
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JoAnne Pulcino
Apr 08, 2011 JoAnne Pulcino rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
In this heartfelt and touching novel, a high-powered pharmaceutical executive who only cares about money finds his balance threatened when he encounters a homeless ten year old boy screaming for help. The boy and his three year old sister appear to be in dire straits. The boy, however, is a street-wise and world-weary child who will do whatever it takes to get the help he needs. Through the wiles of the young boy, the executive finds himself with two children on his hands. He then enlists the ai ...more
treehugger
Apr 26, 2009 treehugger rated it really liked it
Shelves: own_it, read_2009
This was a surprisingly good book - I'm arguing with myself about 3 vs 4 stars as I write this review...

It's about a brilliant but fairly callous guy that works for a Big Pharma drug manufacturer and collects up money and women, etc. etc. with the proceeds from his blockbuster pain medication. And here is where I was probably more interested than the general public, because, as a pharmacist, all of the drug companies seem pretty evil and out for money rather than the public good. So..this point
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Pam Dauby
Oct 18, 2011 Pam Dauby rated it really liked it
Lisa Tucker chooses three of the most radical characters to illustrate the love triangle story. Amelia is the extreme Liberal (very generous with the poor and has made it her life's work to fight capitalism). Matthew is the extreme Fiscal Conservative (greedy and over-spender). Ben is the extreme scientist (so intelligent that he lacks emotion until a loved one paints him the picture). There is a homeless family weaved into the story. I believe Tucker uses this family to show the more human side ...more
Daci Jaye
Jul 21, 2010 Daci Jaye rated it did not like it
I suppose I can't complain about the plot of this book, seeing as once I started reading I felt like I needed to find out what happened. That doesn't mean I really enjoyed the journey, though.

I think my problem with this book is that I hated every character. Amelia was over the top annoying, and I couldn't bring myself to feel sorry for her in the parts where I know I was supposed to. Matthew had his moments, but he never really won me over; and from the very beginning I wondered why Ben was suc
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Laura Kulson
Oct 15, 2015 Laura Kulson rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favourite books.
Erin
Dec 22, 2013 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Awful, terrible, horrible ending. And I can't decide if I like any of the main characters. The book does raise the question of financial security vs corporate greed, and allows the reader some 'what would you do' moments, but when it's all said and done, this book is terribly disappointing.
Kaethe
Jul 14, 2014 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
Another great read from Lisa Tucker. She always delights and surprises me.
Diane
May 28, 2014 Diane rated it did not like it
Spoiler alert: This book suuuuuuucked.

Very predictable. Little thought to plot and character development. The author gave up on it while writing it, and I wish I had given up on reading it.
Janet
Jul 09, 2008 Janet rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Moved this into "read" but actually didn't read--other than a quick cover of the beginning, middle and end. Didn't grab me--very blah blah blah.
Shannon
Jan 30, 2014 Shannon rated it it was ok
This got a low rating because I didn't like any of the characters in this book...except maybe the kids, Daniel and Isabelle.
Danielle West
Feb 21, 2014 Danielle West rated it liked it
I enjoyed it, but the characters were a little one dimensional. Still, not a bad book.
Debby
Jan 19, 2011 Debby rated it really liked it
Liked it so much, I even found other books by her to read ... that says alot!
Suesaroo
Somewhat improbable but, still an enjoyable light listen
mcd
Mar 02, 2014 mcd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Really enjoyed the language.
Wendy
Jul 09, 2014 Wendy rated it it was ok
Ugh. Predictable and trite.
Arapahoe Libraries
Sep 29, 2009 Arapahoe Libraries rated it it was amazing
Shelves: joannes-picks
In this heartfelt and touching novel, a high-powered pharmaceutical executive who only cares about money finds his balance threatened when he encounters a homeless ten year old boy screaming for help. The boy and his three year old sister appear to be in dire straits. The boy, however, is a street-wise and world-weary child who will do whatever it takes to get the help he needs.

Through the wiles of the young boy, the executive finds himself with two children on his hands. He then enlists the aid
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Debbie
May 06, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it

The story starts off with a though provoking line: "Was Matthew Connelly a bad man?" Like most of us, it's something that he's never asked himself...and probably like most of us, we really don't want to know the answer to that question.

Matthew and his ex-girlfriend Amelia are at odds over Matthew's job as an executive at a pharmaceutical company. She thinks he is pushing a nasty drug on society simply to make a name for himself and his company and she does all she can to let him know as well as
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Michael
Jan 25, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Matthew is an eccentric man that only cares about getting paid and trying to get over his ex Ameiia. As a pharmaceutical executive, his plate is full of deadlines to meet and trying to satisfies the people he worked for. He gets more than what he bargained for, when he sees two homeless kids on the street, against his better judgment, he takes them in his home to reside. Danny is a ten year old boy that is very attached to his mentally unstable three year old sister and his drug addict mother. H ...more
Roger
Jun 19, 2008 Roger rated it it was amazing
The ingredients for this book are 1 love triangle; multiple inversions of said triangle, as people hook up and machinate against each other; and the addition of two children, which always screws up the careful calculus of adults. Shake well.

When I finished reading this book, I thought to myself "This plot is so relationally convoluted that most likely a woman wrote it." On the flipside, I could also think "That a woman is expected more than a man to write something so complex yet coherent could
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Kevin
Aug 29, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Tucker offers a cure for modern readers seeking an enjoyable literary page-turner that also explores serious social issues such as addiction, ethics and genetics. Tucker's fourth and most ambitious novel (following Once Upon a Day) is her first to have a male protagonist.

Sardonic and emotionally aloof, Matthew Connelly directs his energies away from romantic entanglements and toward his work as an executive at pharmaceutical giant Astor-Denning. His bitter ex-girlfriend, Amelia, works as a medi
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Sarah
Feb 11, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
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Deon Stonehouse
Feb 16, 2013 Deon Stonehouse rated it really liked it
The Cure For Modern Life by Lisa Tucker follows the lives of three friends. Mathew, Ben and Amelia are bright, hopeful college kids, and best friends, the three musketeers. Mathew and Amelia become college sweethearts, life’s road stretches out with great promise. Everything goes swimmingly with Mathew studying to be a doctor, Ben focusing on medical research, and Amelia planning a career in ethics. After college life gets a bit more complicated. Matt realizes he does not want to be a doctor and ...more
Nancy
Aug 21, 2010 Nancy rated it really liked it
Beach Read, woo-hoo! I like buying light reading in the summer; somehow calling them "beach reads" makes me feel less of a light-weight.

Matthew, Ben and Amelia have been friends/lovers/enemies/frenemies since college; Matthew and Amelia even planned to get married once, before her hatred of Matthew's job with a big pharmaceutical company demolished the relationship. Now Ben and Amelia are in love, and Matthew is planning to use their relationship to shelter his pet drug, Galavan, from Amelia's p
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Lisa Tucker is the author of six novels: The Winters in Bloom, coming this September; The Song Reader, Shout Down the Moon, Once Upon a Day, The Cure for Modern Life, and The Promised World.

Her books have been published in twelve countries and selected for Borders Original Voices, Book of the Month Club, the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, People magazine Critic’s Choice, Redbook Book Club, A
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