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Two Minus One: A Memoir

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  60 reviews
“You can quit waiting for the other shoe to drop: I’m in it for life.” Those are the fateful, repeated words that help convince Kathryn Taylor to remarry, retire from her thirty-year profession, sell her home, and relocate in support of her new husband’s career. But five years later, in a car packed with food she has carefully prepared to nourish her husband’s dying brothe ...more
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Published November 6th 2018 by She Writes Press
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Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two Minus One by Kathryn Taylor tells the story of the unexpected unraveling of her second marriage. Just over 150 pages, it is a quick and easy read. The tone felt even and subjective as Taylor describes her long friendship with the married man who unexpectedly announced his love, leading to courtship and marriage. He professed his devotion...until he came home one day and told her it was over. Having given up her job, home, and friends to support her husband's career, Taylor had to deal with g ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Reviewed on: 5171 Miles Book Blog.

Thank you to BookSparks for allowing me to be a part of the Magic of Memoir Blog Tour this fall! Be sure to check out the BookSparks site to view the rest of the line-up!

Never in a million years would I have guessed I’d an enjoy a memoir centered around divorce, but from the moment I picked up this book, I was completely absorbed in the author’s story. The writing in this book feels as if you have sat down for a deep conversation over lunch with a close friend.
Nan Williams
Aug 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: netgalley, kindle, no-more
It would seem that this book was written at the direction of a therapist to review her life and marriage through rose colored glasses and then to attempt to justify her reaction to her husband’s wanting a divorce. I understand that that can be very helpful to those undergoing therapy for various problems. I can not understand wanting to air one’s dirty linen in public. And of course, she didn’t think she did. She was careful to present herself as the perfect woman, the perfect wife, the perfect ...more
Sherri Thacker
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
While reading Two Minus One only one word comes to mind - MEN CAN BE JERKS! And I say that with an attitude!!! This was a fast read and I read it in just a couple of hours. This book is about a woman who’s husband decides out of the blue he doesn’t want to be married anymore and it’s her raw words of how she dealt with it all and started over. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book for my honest opinion.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Divorce is never easy and divorce later in life (grey divorce) is even worse. This is the true account of Kathryn Taylor. How she fell in love and never saw the ending of her marriage coming. Blindsided by an opportunist that was suppose to love her. This book is very helpful for someone going through a divorce. It lets you know someone else has been through it and what they did to manage. That it is okay to go to therapy and seek council in your best interest. You can learn a great deal from th ...more
Literary Redhead
TWO MINUS ONE: A MEMOIR by Kathryn Taylor is a heartbreakingly honest recounting of a heartless dumping by a gutless husband and the slow road back to recovery. The author is unsparing in her emotions, which makes this such a supportive book for anyone going through an unexpected, unwanted divorce. TWO MINUS ONE is another engaging example of the fine works written in the female voice published by She Writes Press. Highly recommended!

Pub Date 06 Nov 2018

Thanks to She Writes Press and NetGalley
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
What a surprising book this was. I was thoroughly engrossed in Kathryn's story and how she was just so honest and frank.
Kathryn and her husband started their relationship as neighbours, then friends and then lovers and marriage. After blending their families together and moving for husbands job, Kathryn thought things were going well. She had no knowledge how things would turn.
On a weekend away to visit Husband's dying brother, in the car he say's " I'm done with the marriage and don’t want to
Ellen Notbohm
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a brave, brave book. A woman of that “certain age”, who is not discontented with her single life, takes a well-considered second chance on love and marriage, leaving a 30-year career, house, hometown, friends and family, to relocate with her new husband for his job. In a heart-stoppingly short period of time, he leaves in a profanity-laced cloud of nonnegotiable accusations. There she is—no income, no support network, no discernible future. What would you do? In Taylor’s case, you dive, ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nov-2018
Two Minus One is a memoir by Kathryn Taylor, released today! Thank you to @booksparks for sending me a copy as part of the Magic of Memoir tour.
Kathryn tells the tale of what her life was like when her husband decides one day that he does not want to be married any more. She had recently moved away from family and retired from her 30 year profession in order to support his career, so she finds herself alone and too old to start again. Two Minus One follows her divorce and attempts to rebuild her
Susan Peterson
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Two Minus One is an intimate account of the shocking and unexpected disintegration of a marriage. This memoir is the personal account of one woman’s emotional journey as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life and move forward through grief and loneliness. The author did a wonderful job of sharing this sad time in her life with honesty and integrity. This would be a great book for anyone who is going through a divorce or any painful time.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting book about being blindsided in your marriage, and the subsequent divorce. What a mess author had to deal with. Dealing with divorce is never a picnic, having gone through it myself. Very informative.

Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
Jill Anderson
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I read an ARC copy of this a while ago and realize I never posted my review!
I haven't read much non-fiction lately but this is one that hit home with me, and will likely do the same with most women who have gone through a divorce, especially later in life.
The author gives us a glimpse into her very painful (and unexpected) separation from her second husband who had given no indication ahead of time that he wanted a divorce. Blindsided, the author takes us deep into her journey of emotions - ever
Lorrie Griffith
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am not a big book reader. This was a complimentary ARC copy and I know the author personally, so was very interested to read this memoir. I would have never guessed by knowing the author that she went thru such trials in her life. She is truly an inspiration. the book was hard to put down; couldn't wait to see her next conquest! The book will give you a new outlook on life and you will realize that "the grass is not always greener on the other side".

Donna Everhart
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kathryn Taylor's Two Minus One, A Memoir, is an unflinching, thoughtful and self-reflective account of Taylor's unexpected divorce from a second marriage. She reflects with honesty what it's like to experience the full commitment, comfort and security that comes only with a steady, solid marriage on one day, and the very next is confronted by sudden indifference, betrayal and abrupt defection. Confused, and heartbroken, she had to find her own way back to living life under her own terms.

If I wer
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A true story about being blindsided by marriage and promises. Great memoir, will draw you in and wont let go. Very sad and uplifting at the same time.
Thank you NetGalley for the free advance copy!
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing

When a woman is blindsided by the one person she admires, trusts and loves so have, Two Minus One by Kathryn Taylor.

A personal testament of Divorce, a journey of healing and growing. A story of self-confidence and most of all, self-importance.

Kathryn has written a touching, emotional memoir of a time when her life came crashing down and her struggle to climb back to being whole, once again.

Divorce is not an easy road and it's different for everyone, a very personal time in one'
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this memoir about being blindsided in a marriage and then subsequent divorce informative. It was an intriguing and fascinating read.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a digital ARC for me to read and review.
Janet Graham
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thriving Solo After Divorce
Through the concise telling of her story, those of us who belong to the Sisterhood of Abandoned Wives can begin to heal ourselves. 'Gray Divorce' of older women presents many different issues than those faced by younger women. By realizing our needs we can help ourselves out of the hell hole of pain, loneliness and guilt. The author takes us along on her journey and we learn as she learns, what to take and what to leave behind. This is an emotional book for any divorce
Bonnie Eldridge-labaff
Book review

Good book. We never know when we are devastated by a choice or act of something we have no control over will but us on the edge of despair. Sometimes being so close to the edge makes us reevaluate our existence and where we should be going
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Readers will benefit from traveling with the author on her unexpected journey. The raw emotion and authentic experiences reveal the author’s fortitude and survival instincts. Readers learn how to endure and recover. The hope and insights provided will be valuable to readers that are dealing with divorce or any other life altering situation.
Lovely Loveday
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Two Minus One is an emotional heartfelt read that is sure to pull at your heartstrings. There are times in your life when life throws you a curve ball and you have to decide on how you will react. Taylor has beautifully written a novel that comes from the heart as she shares her own personal story of love and heartache. A story that shows how she chose the path of light and not darkness by choosing to overcome grief and suffering. While you never forget, you can find ways to accept the things yo ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
The writing style was a bit off for me. But the book might be helpful to those who find themselves in a similar situation.
Story Circle Book Reviews
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Kathryn Taylor, already divorced once at 40, "never saw it coming" when a married man named Jim befriended her and her two teenaged daughters, helping with typically manly tasks such as erecting a fence, building shelves in her new home, and even volunteering to read to the students in the public school where she taught.

She didn't see that Jim was really planning all along to leave his wife and children, and marry Kathryn. His plan succeeds, and after Jim's divorce and a few years of increasingl
Misty Moseley-Helber
The author reviews her life in an attempt to understand why her second husband left her, seemingly out of nowhere and without warning.
He claims she's mean. She denies it but then gives examples of her meanness: She comments on a vein he has on his leg so he gets it checked out and the doc deems it nothing to worry about but she complains that she shouldn't have to look at its ugliness. She names her puppy "Lucifer", though she shortens it to "Lucy".
While I did sympathize a little that the autho
Jana Coleman
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was way more moving then I thought it would be, touched me more than I thought it would, and I enjoyed reading it so much more than I thought I would!!! I got to meet Kathryn at her book signing at the Destin, Fl Barnes and Noble where I work in the café. I didn't even know we had a signing going to the day, she came over to the café for a drink and a bite to eat, and I'm so glad so came over! I may have never found her book had she not. Her life story and mine may not be carbon copies ...more
Janilyn Kocher
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Two Minus One is a memoir about a woman who had to rebuild her life twice, at 40 and at 60. Her second husband blindsided her By announcing he was done with the marriage. The book focuses mostly on her recovery and her ability to establish a life based on her needs and wants and no one else's. She was fortunate to have supportive friends, family, and therapists. It's a good motivational read for anyone facing difficult challenges. The one aspect that puzzled me and the author never addressed was ...more
Donna Cameron
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love reading memoir—for the opportunity to glimpse other people’s lives and at the same time ask how I would respond in similar circumstances. Kathryn Taylor’s memoir did not disappoint—it was a thought-provoking chronicle of how a woman faces betrayal, abandonment, and the shattering of both her dreams and her reality. It was gratifying to follow her journey of healing and discovery, and to watch her self-awareness blossom. It was inspiring to see her consciously avoid self-pity or bitterness ...more
Lindsay Hoffman
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I met Kathryn by chance in Barnes and Noble while she was signing her book. I normally don’t approach tables set up for fear of being pulled into something I am not interested in. However, I felt drawn to the table by the inviting smile on her face. I am not currently going through a heartbreaking situation, but I think the emotions discussed can be related in so many situations in a woman’s life. I felt completely drawn in to her story and the genuine emotions displayed. I would recommend this ...more
Donna Shaw
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Katherine is not a naive woman and has already been through a divorce. Jim is a helpful neighbor who courts and misleads her and over time convinces her to be his wife. She is happily married for 15 years charishing, trusting and sacrificing her needs for his. They take trips abroad, he buys her gifts and professes that she is a perfect wife. Out of the blue without an explaination, he blindsides her by saying he is done with this marriage. This memoir is detailed with the pain of abandonment, t ...more
Kristin Noreen
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Many of us have been through divorce, but this was more than just a marriage gone wrong--there was emotional abuse and gaslighting that made me feel gut-punched.
One thing that struck me about this book was the spare quality of her writing. The book is on the short side, only 130 pages. If it were fiction, I'd call it a novella. Yet every paragraph is packed with powerful sentences. Not a wasted or fluffy word.
Best of all, there's a dog!
There is a quality in people whose lives have been shatter
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Kathryn Taylor is the author of Two Minus One: A Memoir (November 2018 from She Writes Press) which received a starred Kirkus Review and was subsequently named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2018. It was an Amazon Best Seller and was selected as one of the September 2019 selections of the Pulpwood Queen’s Book Club. Taylor has participated on author panels at the Pulpwood Queen Girlfriend Conven ...more

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