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Barefoot in November

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Running a marathon is much more than just a metaphor in Benjamin Carey’s powerful memoir Barefoot in November. His inspiring story, beautifully told, encourages us to take charge of our own fate. This book captures his emotional, physical and spiritual journey to the finish line and beyond. Benjamin Carey’s world is understandably rocked when he discovers that he is living ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Center Street Publishing
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Lyn (Readinghearts)
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: Sisterhood of the Traveling Book
Barefoot in November is not the type of book I usually read. Although I have been know to read almost any genre, memoirs and self-help books are probably the ones that I read the least of. The premise for this book sounded interesting, though, and it was loaned to me by a friend. Since it was only 190 pages I figured I would give it a try. What I found here was a well written account of the author's journey through his illness and recovery from an aortic aneurysm. I found Benjamin J. Carey's abi ...more
Jason Lilly
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
While it is difficult for me to relate to Carey's predicament (no major medical problems, so far *knock on wood*), his memoir Barefoot in November contains one element that draws me to all memoirs: candid honesty. Carey's words are often harsh and bitter, but they are always honest. In spite of this occasional bitterness, Barefoot in November is ultimately a success story. Ben is a survivor, and proud of it. He is also living proof that "good health" is a holistic lifestyle change and not just " ...more
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it

BAREFOOT IN NOVEMBER is a real life account of Ben Carey.  His wife is Nicole.  He is as heathy as an ox, always takes care of himself, and is as stubborn as a bull! There  is a history of heart disease in his family.  After feeling fatigue for a while and it not being the norm for Ben, his wife finally gets him to make an appointment for a stress test.  He is diagnosed with a aortic aneurysm.  The same thing that killed John Ritter.  Ben refuses to believe it is that bad until he talks with som
Michael Butler
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Simply put: This book can change your outlook on life. If you are dealing with a life-threatening situation of your own, have a loved one that is, or are simply looking for some answers to what the meaning of life is... this book is for you! During this read, at different points in the book, I found myself laughing, nodding my head, shaking my head, and in near tears. The author does a great job of painting the picture of a man who, like most, made some mistakes in life, but learned so much in a ...more
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Benjamin Carey was living the American dream when due to fatigue, he goes in for a routine physical. He discovers he has an aortic aneurysm and is facing the possibility of saying goodbye forever to his pregnant wife and two young children. Carey describes his journey through diagnosis, denial, anger, frustration, acceptance, surgery, and recovery. On the one year anniversary of his heart surgery, Benjamin and his wife Nicole run the New York City marathon.
This uplifting and inspirational story
Brenda VanWie
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. It was captivating, inspirational and informative. It provides the reader with a story of a typical man with a young family dealing with a life threatening condition in the prime of his life. His courage throughout his medical procedures and his determination in the year following, give everyone hope that they can survive and live life to the fullest regardless of what they may face. The lessons he learned and shared with the reader are ea ...more
Kevin Morgan
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hi folks,

I read this book a while ago, and as a fellow aortic aneurysm sufferer I can relate to his story. Here is the review I placed on Amazon at that time, and my opinion of the book and the author are extremely favorable. An inspiration:

Amazon Review (just after reading the book):

5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Book, Great First Marathon, Great First Open Heart Surgery - Book Review: `Barefoot in November', April 12, 2011
Old Dog in Training "Kevin Morgan" (Carrboro, NC, USA) blogging at ht
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is one of those books that I feel the need to share with friends because it's just that good.

Normally it takes a while for me to truly get into a book, but not this one. I was captivated within the first couple of pages, and it continued until the very last page. I could truly experience the ordeal Carey's family was going through, despite it being based on a health scare that I knew only a little about prior to reading this.

The characters are fully developed, allowing you to really in
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great story..a must read for any stubborn patient going through an illness. I actually found the dynamics between Carey and his wife pretty humorous, as I am sure that is the same way my husband and I would be! More than for the basis of the story, I liked it more for what Carey had written between the lines related to familial dynamics and work ethic, as well. I thought he made some very important points whether a person has a life threatening illness or not!
Literary  Chanteuse
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bios-memoirs
This book has pure raw honesty and felt as though I was listening to the author telling me his story over coffee. It literally drew me in at the preface. I was anticipating an emotional journey as this man and his family overcome a battle with aortic aneurysm however it is also full of wit and charm. Truly inspirational!
Apr 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a very reflective book. It makes you stop and think about what is important in your life and why and what would happen if you got sick and didn't have tomorrow. I got this book in the Goodreads Giveaways. ...more
Elizabeth Stanley
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was amazing. It was very well written and definitely a quick read. It was very informative of aortic aneurysms, so much that I want to go get checked out now. I would definitely recommend this to anyone whose been affected by aortic aneurysms.
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AMAZING! Such an uplifting and inspirational book. Couldn't put it down. ...more
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I think this book was a great read! The authors journey was raw & genuine.
Nov 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
The list of "things" that I can't remember is growing at a faster pace than my fast-growing to-read list. A scary realization. That I can't remember why I bought Benjamin J. Carey's BAREFOOT IN NOVEMBER does not surprise me. When I took it off one of my actual to-read shelves, the title and cover scene must have kept me from putting it back and moving on to another unread book. Since I did not recall anything that I may have read about the work, the sepia image of a little barefoot boy in motion ...more
Lisa Capanelli
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Carey's brash prose and honesty should not be taken for "arrogance". His fierceness and ambition are to be admired, and his imperfections are answered with as many instances in which he pours out his heart and shows his sensitive side. I was intrigued after seeing the author's interview on the Larry Davidson show and was not surprised to find dozens of good reviews on the book. It never ceases to amaze me though when a handful of people refer to someone who's almost lost their life as "arrogant" ...more
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found "Barefoot in November", by Benjamin J. Carey, while doing some research on aortic aneurysms. Just a couple of days before this, I found out what the doctor was initially calling an enlarged aortic root had increased in size, and now I was hearing the word aneurysm. Combine this with a leaky bicuspid aortic valve, and I was told by my doctor that we were getting close.
I came across, and could not stop reading. This is where I found Benjamin's book "Barefoot in November".
John Thurmon
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Heart Patients, People facing a terminal illness
This book changed my life. I was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm on May 4, 2011, and I found the author's blog and the book while I was scouring google for information on the condition. I am only 27 years old and I identified with the author's story immediately and am so grateful that he shared his experience. I felt all of the same feelings of denial, anger, and fear. The book is very candid and often profane but the story could not be told any other way. If you're religious ...more
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Barefoot in November by Benjamin J. Carey

Barefoot in November was an outstanding book. I could not put it down once I started I read it. It is a true page turner. It is an inspiring, emotional memoir of his life while going after the "American Dream" he is suddenly faced with his own mortality. It takes you on his amazing journey as if you are right there. It is filled with fear, sorrow, joy and ultimatey triumph. It has left me thinking for days. It shows how truly important families and spouses are and how they all pulled togethe
Jennifer Rutha
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the type of book that will have you staying up late and thinking about coming home to read. The story is engaging, motivational, inspirational and full of heartfelt honesty. The writing will take you to the exact moment that the author describes and when you look up from the book, you won't believe how long you've been reading! An amazing read hands down! ...more
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it
A very heart-felt memoir regarding Mr. Carey and his family's experience with an aortic aneurysm. Follow his emotional highs and lows as he discovers his illness, and seeks treatment. For the most part, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to someone suffering with an aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection. ...more
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Uplifting, thought provoking. Reminder that life is uncertain so cherish each day.
Don H.
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Sarans
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly emotional story of the author's experience facing a life threatening diagnosis at a young age. At different points in the book I loved him, hated him, laughed at him, and ultimately admired him and his wife. I found the book to be chock full of many interesting incidents. I could relate to in the familial dynamics he describes, and I found the story to be very uplifting overall. ...more
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed this book and the story line, the author is very arrogant and that detracted from my overall opinion. I wanted so much to like him, but he made it very hard. Every time he mentioned his children he named them and stated their ages. He was irritatingly redundant about his children and his neighbors and friends. It got very old. I would still recommend this read, but I am not a fan of his writing.
Alice Weaver
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For anyone going through this with a family member or friend this is a must read!! My husband and I are living through this right now and reading this book is like we are writing it from our lives. Thankful for the stress test that found this but not looking forward to the rest.
Erin  Black
Mar 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
I read this book because I usually love books with a medical aspect to them. Looking at all of the reviews I thought that I was going to love it, and be unable to put it down….I was so very wrong!

I can understand how people who have been diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm could relate to this memoir. And I hope that the author meant to only engage those people, because this book totally lacked interest and emotion. Both something that I feel is important in writing a good book.

It is so important
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I received this book from GoodReads firstbook giveaway. The book is a memoir, and I just could not get past my dislike of the author, who comes off as pompous. His tone is annoying, everything he touches is wonderful, everyone he meets is perfect (and he'll tell you their hair color), he over uses italics and under uses commas. If you have been touched by aortic aneurism, you will probably find meaning in the book, but I was just annoyed. ...more
Aug 24, 2011 added it
Shelves: hate-it
I can't finish this book. I only made it to page 45. It was eminently readable but I so much disliked the author, writing his memoir, that I gave up in disgust. I hope he lives to be 100 and maybe he will learn humility and wisdom. If he found it by books end, I will never know. ...more
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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