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Two Minus One: A Memoir

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  45 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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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.
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.
Nan Williams
Aug 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: 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
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
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
Amy Gatliff
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I know countless people can relate to this book and find hope in their own situations. Kathryn Taylor has shared her heartache with us and allowed us to walk through the healing process with her. Healing doesn't come quick and easy but almost always takes time and perseverance. This book is a reminder to all of us that life can go on, and we can grow and enjoy life more than ever!

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
Literary Soirée
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
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
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
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 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
April Greissinger
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Big thanks for BookSparks for my free review copy - part of the Magic of Memoir Blog Tour 2018!

Kathryn remarried, retired from her 30 year profession, sold her home and relocated to accommodate her new husband's career. However, one day out of the blue her told her that he was done with their marriage. This was a story of loss, betrayal, rebuilding, and friendship. I wanted to give Kathryn a big hug while reading this, but I am so proud of the way she got through this hardship and how it shaped
Crystal Zavala
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksparks
First, let me say that I love this cover!

Two Minus One is a petite memoir about Kathy's "grey divorce". Kathy had been a single Mom and met her new husband before he decided to divorce his first wife. Kathy's second husband asked for a divorce out of the blue and this memoir is about the difficulties of moving past this abrupt ending to their marriage.

At first, I wasn't sure that I could relate to Kathy's divorce because the difference in her age and my age, but in the end I felt like anyone tha
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kathryn Taylor writes an articulate memoir of a painful divorce which was totally unexpected. She upturned her life after her future husband courted her ardently, in order to live the life he designed, and then he left suddenly. This well-written book could be a manual for how to get through this experience and find oneself again. Highly recommend for any woman going through a divorce, especially one she didn't want.
Diane Pomerantz
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In her memoir, Two Minus One, Taylor offers a poignant and well-crafted account of what it is like to be sixty years old, believing you are happily married one day, only to discover the next, having missed all of the clues, that you’ve been abandoned. This is certainly a story that demonstrates the powerful ways in which love is blind. This is a human story, one of vulnerability, insight and resilience. Highly recommended.
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Kathryn Taylor was born at the Great Lakes Naval Station near Chicago, Illinois and spent much of her life in the Chicagoland area. She is a retired teacher and had taught in the schools of Illinois, California, and Virginia before her retirement and relocation to South Carolina. It was there where she wrote her book, Two Minus One: A Memoir following the unexpected abandonment by her second husba ...more