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Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist's Journey Through the Hell of Divorce

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The emotionally charged story of a divorce that brought the surprising gift of grace

Just when Stacy Morrison thought everything in her life had come together, her husband of ten years announced that he wanted a divorce. She was left alone with a new house that needed a lot of work, a new baby who needed a lot of attention, and a new job in the high-pressure world of New Y
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Simon & Schuster
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Andrea
Nov 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
There are about 20-30 pages of really good material in this book, but I'm just not able to feel exceptionally sympathetic for a narrator who moans about the difficulties of being a single mother but who has a full time nanny, whose ex takes her child not only on a regular basis but overnight. Do I care if her ski vacation is ruined by her ex's text messages? Nah. Do I care that she's worried about how she's going to pay back the FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS her parents loan her to do home repairs? Nah ...more
Michelle
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My Review and Description:

Divorce, you say? Is there something you are not telling us?, you may be saying to yourself when reading this.

I would respond. No. No secrets here. I am just a fan of well written memoirs. I believe we all have a story to tell and if you can tell yours and have others learn from it, then you've done a good job. Stacy Morrison does just that. She wrote an excellent memoir not only about her divorce but of her struggles with being a new mom, a single parent, a busy profes
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Lindsay Chung
Divorce. It’s nearly a dirty word. Personally, I hate it. I hate that I’ve ever been through it. I hate that I’ve seen people hurt by it. But, it’s a sad reality in our society and so I think it’s important that it’s talked about. People in the middle of a divorce need to know that all of their fears, anxieties, anger, sadness is totally normal and that they are not alone.

Stacy Morrison’s book, Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist’s Journey Through the Hell of Divorce, is such an amazing sto
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Elixxir
Jul 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
While the book had some truly beautiful moments of raw honesty, overall I couldn't help but feel the author was trying too hard to convince us she could out-Dalai the Lama. Her perfectly tempered, perfectly magnanimous, perfectly reasoned response to every situation simply strained credibility. When she finally referred to herself as a Zen warrior goddess, in jest or not, my eyes rolled so hard I'm surprised I remained conscious. If this is the fault of bad editing, that took a real and raw stor ...more
Megan
Apr 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
If this is how a GOOD divorce goes, I REALLY REALLY hope I never have to go through it, especially if there are children in the picture. Kudos to Stacy for her honesty, and I am so glad she eventually emerged strong and happy, and full of love for life.
Christie
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Most of my friends will tell you that I am not really a self-help kinda gal. I read for pleasure – thus the name of this blog. I have to do a fair amount of reading-to-learn for my job, so my personal reading tends to lean towards the “lost-in-a-book” category. A nice balance of fluff and more challenging fare.

That said, there are so many memoirs out there which actually fall into the category of reading I like to do. Stacy Morrison’s book Falling Apart in One Piece ticked a whole bunch of boxes
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Linda
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Kudos, to the writer for opening herself up like this to the world. That in and of itself takes an incredible amount of courage. While it might have been very cathartic for her--As a reader I found it painfully repetitive and dull. The problems of having to borrow a huge sum of money from her parents she knew she could pay back, complaining about having to pay off and fire nannies (are there any day care's in NY?), and getting amicably fired from one dream job and hired at an even better dream j ...more
Heidi
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Phew! I don't have to write the story of my divorce; Stacy Morrison has done it for me, and better than I ever could have in Falling Apart in One Piece -- One Optimist's Journey Through the Hell of Divorce.

One day, and seemingly out of nowhere, Stacy's husband Chris declared he was done with their marriage. Morrison takes the reader through the journey of divorce, destruction, and rebuilding in an impeccably written memoir. The piles of troubles that only begin with her divorce are revealed hone
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Tracy Finegan
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this book for multiple reasons. My friend is going through a divorce so I hoped to understand it a bit more and maybe get some insight - I like reading different types of memoirs - divorce is a topic that in my mind is something I hopefully will never have to face. I felt very bad for how much sadness Stacey went through. I hope she's very happy currently.
Anne Trinkle
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book I thought that it's a great book for anyone who does not wish to be embroiled in a bitter and nasty divorce. And yes, you don't have to be embroiled in a better a nasty divorce. It's A choice. You can't control what your spouse does, but you can control what you say and how you behave. And yes I'm speaking from personal experience.
Jenn LeBow
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Welcome to Three-Book Third Thursdays! This month, the three books under discussion are Lift, by Kelly Corrigan; Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist’s Journey Through the Hell of Divorce, by Stacy Morrison; and This Is Not the Story You Think It Is… A Season of Unlikely Happiness, by Laura Munson. Please note that these are books I have read on my own; I was not given review copies of these books.

Lift is a letter by Corrigan to her two young daughters, in which she describes her perspective
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Lizzie
Jun 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, reviewed
While from the start it was apparent that Falling Apart in One Piece is A Good Book, I had a hard time relating to Stacy in the beginning - for one, I am not an optimist. I identified with Chris, Stacy's ex husband: he was restless in his marriage, felt trapped, and Just Wanted Out so he could have room to breathe. In the only serious relationship I've had, I felt the exact same way. It was as if the roles were reversed: Stacy as my ex (only with a lot less optimism on his part), and Chris as me ...more
Lisa
May 09, 2010 rated it liked it
While I felt like the author was a little too proud of her superior intelligence and many accomplishments for a woman her age, I gained some insight from falling apart in one piece. I learned that it really is true that no one who hasn't experienced the roller coaster ride of divorce can fully understand what you're going through. She described lying on the kitchen floor bawling full out and then noticing there were crumbs underneath the stove. She told about losing friends because they "belonge ...more
Cheryl
Mar 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Falling apart in one piece: One optimist’s journey through the hell of divorce is author, Stacy Morrison’s memoir. In this book, she shares her story of how her marriage came crumbling down around her and how eventually, she grew from it.

I must admit that I was not really feeling this book and gave up on it about a third of the way in. I did skim the rest of the book but didn’t feel like I really needed to read anymore. I did not take away anything from it, other than the fact that Ms. Morrison
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Justsara
Jun 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Oh man, I wanted to be sympathetic to the author and root for her triumph over the misery that is divorce. Unfortunately, I'm mostly just confused that the author considers herself an optimist. She came across to me as overly whiny and controlling. Try as I might, I just could not relate to the author or her struggles. As a mom going through a divorce now, I find that odd.

She's completely freaked out about her financial situation so she can only afford to take a little vacation, by renting a be
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Maria
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
What I Can Tell You:

I read this book last night in just a few hours. Stacy has lived through one of my biggest fears. Being married is hard work. There are plenty of ups and downs in all relationships but when Stacy's husband tells her he's done you immediately want to hate him. How could anyone just decide one day they are "done"? All parties of a relationship have their own reality and it may not be the mirror image of yours. What Stacy does with dignity, humor and wisdom is see her role as h
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Emily
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book; most likely because I'm currently in the middle of a divorce. I do think I would have enjoyed it otherwise, but it's hard to say how much. Many of her experiences were different than my own circumstances, of course, but she had many emotions and problems that mirrored my own. Reading this was like cheap therapy.
Wendy Seles Shelton
Oct 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Solid narrative, but to describe the author as an optimist is a bit of a stretch.
Jenny Garone
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I don't know why I was compelled to read this book. But I was. And I learned some things. And I want my friends to read it so I can discuss it. (Hint, hint...)
Rhonda
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Very well-written book, was captivating...author does an excellent job of writing about how she dealt with the surprise notification by her husband that he wanted out of their marriage, and how she struggled to survive with a very young child and a demanding job as editor-in-chief of Redbook magazine. She writes honestly and intimately about her feelings while handling all that life rains (literally) upon her during this time. A good read for ANYONE, because you just never know when it will happ ...more
Janhvi C
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was a good read up until the last chapter. Stacy Morrison really reveals the bare bones of her post divorce state of mind. A lot of experiences in life can knock us down emotionally to the point that everyday hurdles feel like torture. She has expressed her vulnerability beautifully and her struggle to come out of it with lessons learned and strength is commendable.

What put me off was a specific description about how every problem is significant enough and that one person’s problem ca
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Lori
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a divorce book for everyone. Morrison is a privileged white woman who makes enough money to live in the expensive Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn and has a full-time nanny to help care for her child. Although I didn't find it completely off-putting, it was a little annoying at times when, for example, she bemoaned that she didn't make sure that her new apartment had a space for a live-in au pair. Some of her problems are very "first world problems" and she doesn't always seem awa ...more
Stacey Rinaldi
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The only problem I have with this story is that the author seemed to never get mad or at least assertive enough, in my mind, with her lazy, immature, avoidant husband. It's great to be cordial and civil but to what extent does it become enabling and excusing of negative behaviors? He sounds like a child and he annoyed me throughout the whole book. Maybe that's what she was going for. If so, it worked.
Heather Leblanc
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Stacy cried. A lot. Constantly. About everything. In between her tears and accounts of bawling and hiding and denying and sobbing, etc. there are nuggets of optimism and some decent advice. You must look very patiently to find them. Oh, and her ex is an ass.
Amy Bermudez
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lyrical and beautiful and a little magical. Excellent book.
Kory
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Looooooved this!

Jenni V.
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Very engaging and the pages turned quickly.

I could hear her heartbreak and desperation in this passage:
""Please help me understand," I said. "If you really think this is over and you are done, I beg you to help me get it, to explain it to me enough so that I can see what you see - why we can't be together - so I have half a chance of being able to move on and let go." So I can breathe again someday. So I can be a good mother to your son. So the entirety of these years we shared is not thrown i
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Melissa
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting book about divorce, I appreciated the honesty from the author. Perhaps a little longer than I would have liked.
Author Groupie
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stacy Morrison's memoir Falling Apart in One Piece, which focuses on the before and after of her divorce to her husband of ten years, intrigued me because at the time of the book's publication, Morrison was editor in chief of Redbook magazine, and I am a magazine junkie.


Set in New York City, Morrison and her then husband Chris had been together thirteen years with a new baby when one day Chris simply stated from the couch, "'I'm done . . . I'm done with this,'" (3) and as Morrison further explai
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Jamie
Dec 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
This seems like a pretty realistic picture of what it's like to divorce. I give the author credit for presenting it in a pretty unbiased manner; it must be very difficult to present yourself with all your faults, and honestly analyze how your actions contributed to a divorce.

I think the author is absolutely right that we want to hear about others' divorces to see what the signs are. She's also right that hearing about everyone else's divorce really doesn't give us any more insight into our own
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