Annie and her devoted but comically incompetent childhood sweetheart Sam are the owners and operators of Annie's, a gourmet sandwich shop, home to the legendary Paul Bunyan Special Sandwich--their "nutritionally challenged ...more
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I could label this novel by Mameve Medwed a ´coup de foudre´!
Well-developed characters wrapped in an uniquely rich and authentic writing-style, narrated in 26 chapters, of which every single one is embellished with a post-it note.
OK, in the begging of the book I was devastated to learn some hard facts about my favorite character. It felt like Mameve Medwed kept punching me right, left and center. I had to keep on reading though, as I had already taken Annie into my hear ...more
Annie and Sam Stevens-Strauss are the owners of the successful 'Annie's Samwich', home of the famous Paul Bunyan Special, in Passamaquoddy, Maine. They are a crazy-for-each-other, childhood-through-college sweethearts, happily-married, but sadly childless, couple.
Annie is beside herself right now because she's just received a terminal diagnosis from Dr. Ambrose and she's super-worried about Sam. You see, he's a bit incompetent at so many simple ...more
Annie and Sam ...more
If you are looking for a relatable and realistic read this is it. You are sure to devour it in one sitting like I did.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own ...more
Annie receives some bad news. She’s going to die. What she worries about most, though, is her husband of 17 years, Sam. They were meant to find each other and grow old together, they both agree. Besides, Sam is hopeless at looking after himself - what will he do without her? Annie decides to write Sam a manual for how to live after she’s gone. It’s full o ...more
Annie owns a popular sandwich shop in Maine with her husband Sam. They are an inseparable couple who hide no secrets from each other. When Annie receives a devastating diagnosis that she may die of lung cancer, she goes about writing a manual to help Sam carry on life without her.
The characters were engaging and easy to relate to. The storyline was ...more
I expected tears. Unfortunately, the book fell a little flat for me. This was mostly because of characters I couldn't connect with and a plot too neatly tied up with a bow.
At fi ...more
Why is such a big deal always made about the first tooth, first step, first kiss, first love? From her perspective, it’s the last of everything that holds more meaning, more power, more poignancy.
As a breast cancer survivor (5 years at the time of this post), diagnosed at age 32 when my youngest child wasn’t even a year old yet. To say I can relate to the feelings and emotions going through An ...more
As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I knew it would be a good read!
I was offered a chance by Book Sirens to select an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of any book from a list of a few hundred in order to give an honest review, after scrolling through a few books I came across this book.
After reading the synopsis I knew that this would be a good book, I didn’t realise how good.
This is a book I won’t forget in a hurry.
I was immediately drawn to Annie, it’s hard n ...more
The story is about a married couple Annie and Sam, who have been together forever and are completely devoted to each other. Annie is diagnosed with a terminal illness which devastates her and makes her worry about Sam and how he will be able to go on with out her. Failing at finding the right moment to tell ...more
Annie Stevens-Strauss receives a diagnosis that she tries but fails to tries to tell her husband of seventeen years Sam. Since he is pretty hopeless with household tasks, she writes a manual full of helpful hints that range from the everyday to finding love again. Meanwhile, Annie puts off further testing until her self-absorbed mother, Ursula, makes a rare appearance in their small town in Maine. When Anni ...more
It's been a while since I've read her books and I was not disappointed. This is her best one yet in my opinion.
In the beginning it bugged me that Annie refused to tell Sam about her health problems but then I forgot about it and started enjoying it.
You would think it would be a maudlin book since Annie's dying at age 37 of supposedly of lung cancer. She doesn't know how to tell Sam her "dependent" husband so she starts a manual of what he ...more
I really enjoyed the first three-quarters of the book. After that, things started coming apart for me. This ...more
This story follows Annie who is married to her childhood sweetheart, Sam. Together they own a sandwich shop called “Annie’s Samwich” (how cute is that) Annie has just received a grim diagnosis - she must find a way for Sam to go on without her. She decides to leave a step-by-step plan for him, but her plans don’t go exactly as she wants when her flashy, and flaunting mother Ursula comes to town. This is a story of marriage, motherhood, love and ...more
The premise of this book sounded really amazing. It was the main reason why I decided to read this book. By the time I finished reading this book however; I could say with confidence that it’s definit ...more
Annie and Sam are married and run a nationally famous sandwich shop in a small town. They are hopelessly devoted to each other (almost unrealistically so). They have been together since high school and have weathered the storms of family deaths, absentee parents, mis ...more
By Mameve Medwed
November 15, 2020
From the reviews I’d read, I was skeptical of this book. But, I’m glad I gave it a chance, and I thank Alcove Press and Net Galley for the advance reader copy.
Who HASN"T enabled a family member at some point? Like Annie, we may discover “we want them to need us, but we actually need them.”
When she learns her cancer diagnosis, Annie writes a manual to leave behind for her beloved husband, Sam. Since she’s taken care of him over the years, she assumes Sam ...more
In a small Maine town, Annie and her husband Sam are the owners of Annie’s Sandwich Shop, famous for the Bunyan (a sandwich full of unhealthy, delicious ingredients). After Annie receives a grim preliminary diagnosis from her doctor, she feels called to start to help her husband go on without her, but doesn’t tell him anything. She does this by creating a “How-To” manual for ...more
After Sam keeps dismissing Annie’s efforts to tell him she is ill, Annie comes to the decision that she will write a “how-to” guide on how to survive without her. We see bits of her advise shared in post-it notes stuck to the beginning of each cha ...more
Annie is a 30 something married woman who receives devastating news of a cancer diagnosis. Against her doctors advice she googles her diagnosis and prepares for the worst, except she doesn’t tell her husband Sam. Instead she writes a manual for his life without her.
I was excited by the premise and was waiting for a hilarious ‘handbook’. So the pros...the book was funny and thought provoking and enjoyable. The c ...more
Despite telling myself that I needed to control my ARC requesting, I just couldn't not request Minus Me. The premise, while heart-rending, sounded very intriguing and I needed something realistic rather than another fantasy because I have several big fantasy novels coming up soon. Just a few chapters into this book, I felt the heart-break coming on strong. While I found some of Annie's decisions a little irrational sometimes, I also have to admit that they weren't so ...more