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Signs of Life: A Memoir

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“I know. I know. No one says it but I know…” —from Signs of Life
 
Twenty-four-year-old Natalie Taylor was leading a charmed life. At the age of twenty four, she had a fulfilling job as a high school English teacher, a wonderful husband, a new house and a baby on the way.  Then, while visiting her sister, she gets the news that Josh has died in a freak accident.  Four months
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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drazz
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, memoir, non-fiction
I was a student in her 11-1 Honors English Class at BHS in 2008-2009, & I can say I had no clue what was going on in Mrs Taylor's world. I originally read it to see if I recognized the students / to hear what exactly happened (I heard rumors, I wasn't even 100% certain that her husband had actually passed away).

...seriously. Wow. It's like sitting down and talking to her. It's so honest, each page cut me to the bone. I usually have something negative or critical to say about the things I've
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J
Jan 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
Local book. Seemed to be getting decent reviews... disappointing. I suspect the good reviews were all friends and family who were guilted into supporting her out of sympathy.

I'm sorry her husband died, but this woman is not an author. She does not display any writing talent and does not succeed in making me care about her - despite her obvious tragic tale. In fact, I loathed her by the time this book was done. She behaved like a teenager in the worst sense with an annoying overuse of nicknames a
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Kristy
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
Signs Of Life's cover states: "Sit down with this book. See if you can stop at page 1." Well, the beginning was pretty good. But after a while it just gets repetitive. No, I didn't stop.. but I wanted to. I was really hoping it would get better. Actually, her best chapter was her last. It was the most uplifting part of the whole book. Natalie never gives any real insight into her husband.. except he was basically the best person ever! And although I do feel for her.. I felt like she was just so ...more
Megan
May 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, b-n
I understand that this is written like a dairy and there was minimal editing, meaning that how she felt and what she wrote at the time is what was published. I almost feel guilty saying that I hated this book, but I really disliked it. It starts off very interesting but that wanes after the first chapter... to the point where I did not even want to finish the book, but had to force myself to get to the last page.

Natalie seems like an awful person. I understand that her husband has unexpectedly d
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Ciara
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
so, this is a year & a half in the life of a woman whose husband unexpectedly died in a freak skateboarding accident while she was four months pregnant with their first child. i mean, how can i mark something like that down on stars? that would be one of my all-time worst nightmares.

the book opens with natalie getting the news about her husband's death while she is vacationing in florida with her family. they all rush back to michigan, where they agree to suspend life support & donate jo
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Jackie W.
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jackie by: A random customer I am grateful to.
A. MAZ. ING. I love this book. I love Natalie Taylor. I wish I could meet her and thank her for being so brave to write a book about something so horrible. I want to thank her for sharing her tears with me. I don't want to tell her things will be okay, because they won't. But I want to tell her that I will remember her husband, Josh, forever. And that seems important, because people can be forever if someone remembers them.

I am floored every time I realize that Natalie and I are the same age. Sh
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Liz
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
I probably spent half the book fighting back or wiping my tears and the author has a conversational writing style, so it's more like you're talking to her than reading her book. I found this book especially readable as the author is young, speaks frankly and writes openly.

I do NOT recommend this book for someone looking for help coping with grief. The author handled her grief in a very specific way which I don't think most people would, and this is not a "self-help" book. Keep in mind, the auth
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Tammy
I won this book from Goodreads. (It was a Fist Read giveaway.) I was really excited & couldn't wait to read it! I am a big fan of memoirs.

The book is written by Natalie Taylor. Natalie is a 24 year old H.S. English teacher who loses her husband Josh in a tragic accident. The young couple had only been married 18 months when Josh passed away. Even more heartbreaking is the fact that Natalie was 5 months pregnant with their first child, a son.

I really liked the book in the beginning. I had a
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Hanna
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
First published on Booking in Heels.

This is Natalie Taylor's story. It starts the day her husband dies and ends sixteen months later on their son's first birthday.

Natalie's journey from wife to widow to mother is heartbreaking, blackly funny and will move you to laughter and tears as she makes it across that finish line. And you have no doubt she will make it because Natalie is a warrior and a woman to cheer for.


I can't help but cringe as I type out that summary. It's just awful. Although it's
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Emily
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was extremely difficult to read, but it was one of the most amazing and important books that I've ever read. Death is a subject not many of us like to discuss because it is painful to admit that we have no control over our own, or our loved ones' passings. Death is final and is full of the unknown, which makes us fear it and seek to do everything in our power to avoid it. Isn't that why we look both ways before crossing the street, exercise regularly, eat our fruits and veggies, and basical ...more
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