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My Name is Joe

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When Joe's doctor advises him to get his affairs in order, he faces two choices: leave this world full of regrets, or seek forgiveness for a life unlived. An unexpected thing happens on Joe's path to redemption. He meets Rebecca, a young, single mother struggling with guilt over the death of her own mother. They soon come to realize that the other may hold the key to forgi...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 156 pages
Published September 25th 2010 by Createspace
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I absolutely loved this book! I would classify this as literary fiction because of the eloquent prose, attention to character and detail, and the proper motivation to make me think and feel.

Essentially "My Name Is Joe" is about a middle-aged man who has no family of his own, and working from home has kept him isolated from the outside world. He is relatively without ambition or motivation and is just going through the motions of the daily grind when he learns he has cancer of the terminable nat...more
A short and emotional book, you'll likely be left with a renewed appreciation for life.

This is a short quote that I liked from the book:

"You are not dying, and perception might lead you to believe there is still plenty of time for experience later. Someday you'll visit the Grand Canyon. Someday you'll find a job that you actually love to do. There will be plenty of time for the love of a puppy for the love of a good woman...someday.

"I was a man who had walked through his somedays and had not eve
A wonderful book about one man's search for redemption and recognition before he dies. He finds solace and a family when he meets a women and her son.

Stefan Bourque does a great job touching all our emotional buttons. It's very sad but also inspirational and sweet. The pace is slow and meandering, but in a good way, imitating a man's contemplation of what his own death would mean. The characters are realistic and powerful. They each have their weaknesses but try their best to overcome them.

As I...more
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads (a fact I am required to disclose). Although I had no previous exposure to Bourque's writing, I am looking forward to reading more of his work. Bourque has written a beautiful book with My Name Is Joe. Despite its heart breaking subject, the story both inspired me and restored my faith in the potential for human kindness.
René Olivo
If I'd ever recommend a book, it has to be this one

I read this book as part of a personal project to search for books in the 3 stars range, but which actually should be 5 stars, at least for me.

After rounding up a couple of books, I wouldn't have imagined that I'd find the perfect book matching my criteria right off the bat. This is definitely a hidden gem.

What I liked the most about the book is how believable Joe is as a character. How the author can convey such complex emotions and yet one ca...more
It's difficult to review this book without giving out spoilers. Suffice to say, I enjoyed the beginning or first third to half of the book when the character pontificates about the ironies of life, the growing loneliness of the digital age, the feelings of having a lack of a social circle and strong family relationships. I thought it was all fascinating and well-written. You knew from the beginning something would change for our dying character, Joe, but I wasn't a fan of how it came about and f...more
An incredibly moving story about a man told he was about to die and the power of human kindness. Stefan Bourque wrote a beautiful, heartwarming story. It was a wonderful read - in the first part of the book, you just read Joe's thoughts as he faces his dying alone - you really understand what it was like for a person facing a terminal diagnosis. Then he gives himself a going away party and in the process found a wonderfully caring individual that truly helped Joe through his final days, but she...more
Julianne Rhone
A quick little feel good read. Joe has just been told he has terminal cancer, and he's looking back on his life, regretting choosing his career over any personal relationships to speak of. There is redemption, of course, as Rebecca and her son enter his life, and give him a reason to find joy, purpose, and love (not really romantic) in his final days. It's not exactly the most realistic scenario, but it's still nice to have hope that people can still care about others even though they have nothi...more
Didn't get good until the middle and then the end was so sad even though you knew the whole time it was going to be sad.
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This relatively short read takes an in-depth look at one man’s life once an end date is unceremoniously stamped upon it. Like Queen Latifah in Last Holiday, Joe has just learned that he is going to die. But unlike the comedic movie, Joe does not have a happy ending—there is no mistake made here. Suffering from pancreatic cancer, he is instructed to get his affairs in order, sending him on a spiraling journey that surveys his contribut...more
Redemption! This book is all about redemption and choices made and friendship and altruism. The book is really more of a novella (I read it in just a couple of hours) and definitely a tearjerker. It is the story of a man stricken with terminal cancer and what he discovers about himself as he prepares to die. Did I truly believe the story about bringing together his neighborhood with a carnival? Not so much. But that was the plot point that enabled him to find his redemption and to connect (final...more
This book starts with the sentence, "The man who sat across from me might have been a stranger except for the bare intimacy of knowing one another's names and the occasional gloved finger that probed my prostate." With that line, I was hooked.

This writer's style is poetic in places, and concise throughout, leaving the reader to ponder the insights and needs of the dying with each passing page. What I enjoyed most were take away messages such as these: It is never to late to change, everyone has...more
Brenda Gordon
The story is a sometimes flippant but often thoughtful look at the various feelings one might have when told to get 'one's affairs in order'...likely to that and much more. I appreciated the author's consideration and poignancy marking various passages that particularly touched me...such as this as Joe considers..."There might still be some purpose to what little remained of my life. A chance to make some kind of difference after all. And in the end, isn't that all that any of us wants?" I also...more
A fifty-ish single man finds out he is dying of pancreatic cancer and begins to reflect on his life which has been pointless and boring. A chance meeting with a woman roughly half his age who has fallen on hard times offers them both an opportunity for redemption. She and her young son move in with him for the final weeks of his life. This book is sappy and predictable with fewer insights into the mind of a dying man than one would hope for.
This is so drab. I was fully aware it's about a man who is dying but I was expecting it to be more like 'Me Before You', it doesn't have to be completely depressing. I couldn't finish this, I really wanted to get to the part where he met the woman and set all things right but I got halfway through and there was still no sign. So cliched and really heavy going.
Bert Edens
This is actually closer to novella length at 156 pages, but it was worth every bit of it. Very emotionally charged, from Joe being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, giving up and planning suicide, meeting Rebecca and her son, everything, all the the through the book. Yeah, this one will make some tears well up for you.
This book made me think, it inspired me, it bored me at times, and it made me cry. There were parts at the beginning that were a little slow- I'm not going to lie, I may have started skimming, however the rest of it was insightful and tugged at my heartstrings.
What do I say about this book, really not a lot, I almost gave up on it... but felt for the main character and was semi-curious how Joe met his death. I was disappointed with the content as well, not as "moving" as some other readers posted.
Great read...Joe at the end of his life finally found what he wished he would have found long ago..but at least he did get to feel love and give of himself to a very special lady and her son...loved the book from cover to cover!
I didn't think that this book would be much. Boy, was I ever wrong?!
This was an intense emotional journey with surprising moments of tenderness. It just goes to shows that gems do hide in unlikely places. Or covers..
The first half of the book has Joe pondering about much that is negative in life. The second half does much to redeem the story after he meets Rebecca and her young son Devin.
Beautifully written. Touching story. The life of a contract IT worker stands as a metaphor for ourselves in community and the need to reach outside our isolated lives.
Bob Rickelman
Decent and quick read. Joe is an interesting and relatable character. The second half of the book stretches things a bit, but overall I'm glad I read it.
While the book is on the topic of death, the book ended surprisingly satisfying. A good read. Free Kindle ebook from amazon
Rebekah Crain
Loved this fast paced story about Joe, and how he came to make his life worth living even when life was all but a distant memory.
Ann Diab
Slow start, but riveting to get you through to the satisfying end.
Emily Radcliffe
a hard, sad read, but I really enjoyed the outcome of his life.
Trefor Bark
a very moving story. a gem of a book.
Ok. . . nothing special
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