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Minus Me

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Her life turned upside down by a grim diagnosis, a small-town Maine woman sets about writing a "How To" life manual for her handsome yet hapless husband.

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
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Alcove Press
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  • Minus Me by Mameve Medwed
    Minus Me

    Release date: Jan 12, 2021
    "A timely reminder that in the worst of times, we sometimes rediscover the very best of ourselves."
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    Nilguen
    Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Enchanting! Miraculous!
    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
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    Terrie Robinson
    Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Recommends it for: Those who love Women's Fiction
    Recommended to Terrie by: BookSirens
    "Minus Me" by Mameve Medwed is such a sweet story!

    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
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    Desiree
    A poignant tale of love and loss, reconciliation, and appreciating what is truly important in life. This is one of those unique stories that is such a joy to read and would make an excellent choice for book club fans – particularly those who enjoy Women’s Fiction. It’s chock full of meaningful, heart-tugging scenes that really make you think – think about how well you really know the hearts and minds of those you love – and about what it really means to forge ahead and not give up.

    Annie and Sam
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    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2020
    Well I have never read this author before and I can't wait to read more of her work. I felt so connected to the characters and the story although it was hard and heart tugging was done very well.
    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
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    Sara
    Nov 10, 2020 added it
    This is just the sweetest and satisfying book for anyone who needs a life distraction or a pick-me-up. The characters are all relatable and mostly lovable and the setting is a lot of fun. This book starts out with news that should be depressing, but as the main character tackles it, we get to know her life and what is really important to her. The writing is solid and smooth. I recommend this to anyone who needs an escape from their own life.
    M.  [storme reads a lot]
    Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I thought this was sweet. Annie wants to take care of her family when she is gone. She starts to make lists and talk about how what to do when she is gone. This reminds me of Postscript, making a list for those who will be left behind when someone dies. It is a lovely story I completed in an afternoon and would love to read more from the author.
    Kristy
    Aug 17, 2020 rated it liked it
    A new release from the author of the delightful How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life, Minus Me is the story of Annie’s health scare and what it does to her relationship with her mother and her husband. Sam and Annie are a cute couple who hasn’t quite figured it out yet (has anyone?), but when Annie thinks she’s dying, she writes Sam a manual for how to get along without her, hence the title of the book. Her life-minus-me handbook makes for some really charming, clever reading, but the bi ...more
    thebookishkimmy
    Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I absolutely loved this book. It was sweet and simple and after the intensity of the last couple of books I’ve read, this one was so welcomed.

    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
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    Pearly Williams
    Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
    Minus Me is a delightful little book that had a good mix of humor, tragedy, and a timely reminder of how brief life maybe. Loved it from the start.

    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
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    Piepie
    Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This was a really cute book! The synopsis grabbed me and I was not disappointed. The book took a turn that I was not expecting, and the ending was a little predictable -- but the story had a sweet message to it and makes you wonder what you would do in that situation. Recommended! Thank you, Netgalley, for this arc.
    Cara Achterberg
    Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This was a fun read and a great distraction from the current news. I loved the directions Annie wrote for Sam - they were funny and real and heartbreaking all at once. It was a novel way to help the reader understand their relationship. The author has a wonderful sense of humor and draws colorful characters you can't help but love. I looked forward to sitting down with this story every day, and enjoyed the setting, the clever descriptions, and the tidy endings to not just the main storyline but ...more
    Michelle
    Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
    I loved the premise of this book: Annie is living the dream life with her "comically" incompetent husband, Sam. Owners of a famous Maine sandwich shop, their marriage seems unshakable. Until Annie gets a terrible diagnosis and sets about creating a manual for Sam. One that he will use to move on with his life without her.

    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
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    Etta
    Dec 14, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: giveaways
    What would your next steps be after getting a grim medical diagnosis? This novel sets out to show one woman’s journey to what happens after she receives some terrible news and how she moves forward. Annie Stevens-Strauss seemingly has it all with a thriving business and a seemingly perfect marriage. She lives in small town Maine and owns her own sandwich shop that she shares with her husband Sam called Annie’s Samwich. Her husband is a little clueless about life and Annie wouldn’t have it any ot ...more
    Kristen C
    Thank you to Mameve Medwed for gifting me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

    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
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    Jenny Zheng
    Dec 02, 2020 rated it liked it
    Annie Stevens-Strauss is happy in her small-town life, running her small business alongside her loving but kind of clueless husband Sam. Everything seems to be going alright in life, despite some obstacles and annoyances which the reader gets to discover as they read along, until a scary medical diagnoses comes her way out of the blue. So begins Annie's journey to facing her mortality, breaking out of her comfort zone, and rediscovering what family and love means to her... all the while trying n ...more
    Chanel Williams
    Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This book will have you GRIPPED!

    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
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    Lori Sinsel Harris
    Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I finished another of my ARC's ( advance reader copy) this morning. This one was "Minus Me", by Mameve Medwed. I was pleasantly surprised by it since it wasn't the usual type of book I read.
    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
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    Carla Hostetter
    Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
    Annie and Sam own a sandwich shop in a small Maine town and live a simple life devoted to each other and making their most famous creation, the Paul Bunyan. They've survived the loss of a still born child and Annie's inability to reproduce and believe nothing can shake their marriage. But when Annie goes to the local doctor to get treatment for a cough, he diagnoses her illness as terminal lung cancer. Annie doesn't believe her hapless husband who went catatonic after losing their child can hand ...more
    Melanie
    Jan 17, 2021 marked it as to-read
    Mameve Medwed's newest novel, Minus Me, revolves around a woman in her late 30s named Annie. She has faced heartbreak in her life in the form of several miscarriages and a still birth as well as the loss of her father. She and her husband Sam despite their losses have a solid relationship and are successful partners in their own business. Annie receives news from her doctor that she most likely has lung cancer. He advises her to get her affairs in order and to get more opinions on her condition. ...more
    Kathy
    Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Minus Me by Mameve Medwed is a charming novel that is poignant and surprisingly uplifting.

    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
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    Jane
    Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Thank you to LibraryThing and Alcove Press for this ARC.

    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
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    Jill
    Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
    I loved the premise of this book: Annie, who is in her late 30s, gets a terrible medical diagnosis and begins to write a manual for her husband, Sam, on how to live life without her (hence the title, “Minus Me”). Throughout the book, we learn more about her seemingly unshakeable 17-yeaer marriage to Sam and her fractious relationship with her famous but absent mother, a well-known actress.

    I really enjoyed the first three-quarters of the book. After that, things started coming apart for me. This
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    Lacey
    Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it
    Thank you to Netgalley and Alcove Press for this ARC

    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
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    Sarai
    Sep 25, 2020 rated it liked it
    Annie owns a popular sandwich shop in Maine with her sweet yet needy husband Sam. They are an inseparable couple who hide no secrets form each other. One day Annie finds out that she may die from lung cancer and decides to put together a manual for her clueless husband to receive after her passing.

    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
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    Eunyoung
    Nov 20, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: giveaways-arc
    A feel-good, humorous take on a devastatingly tragic news. I never thought I would be smiling so much reading a book about a wife who receives a terminal disease news and decides to write little notes for her husband after she dies.

    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
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    Pamela Lamp
    Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Minus Me
    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
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    Alyssa
    Dec 17, 2020 rated it liked it
    Thank you so much to @alcovepress and Mameve Medwed for my gifted copy of Minus Me! This sweet book is out on January 12th.

    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
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    Mary
    Welcome to Passamaquoddy, Maine, where Annie Stevens-Strauss has just received a probable diagnosis of lung cancer. In shock, she resists her doctor’s recommendation to have a biopsy and wonders how she can ever prepare her husband, Sam, for her death.

    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
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    Susan
    Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it
    Thank to NetGalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
    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
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    Isabelle
    Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Minus Me // by Mameve Medwed

    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
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