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This Is Not the Story You Think It Is...: A Season of Unlikely Happiness

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By the time Laura Munson had turned 40, her life was not how she thought it would turn out. Career success had eluded her; her beloved father was no longer around to be her biggest cheerleader; and her husband wanted out of their marriage.

Poignant, wise, and often exceedingly funny, this is the moment-by- moment memoir of a woman who decided to let go-in the midst of the
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jul 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Recommended to Molly by: Alison & Corrina-bookclub
Warning: Rant ahead.
This woman is INSUFFERABLE. I didn't want to read this book and almost quit about 50 pages in because it's such an irritating waste of time, but I've only not finished a bookclub book one time in over 4 years. I can't believe I made it through 350 pages of her poor-little-rich-girl whining. She is shallow and a new-age poser. She wants to be Eat, Pray, Love and doesn't come close. She makes me wish we had a residency test for anyone who wants to move here. She is NOT a real
Laura Munson
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, heck. I wrote it. So I love it. I'm proud of its message and I want it to help people. And based on the amazing emails I get all is. Thanks for your support, goodreads!
Jan 11, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A drunken gerbil could write a better and more closely-reasoned memoir than this.

Hardly any of the sentences or paragraphs make sense.

"It feels like the country fair has come to the town of my mind--complete with sketchy rides, carnies, and sugar-amped kids crying over lost balloons. So loud and disorienting. I want it to pack up and move on to the next town. I want my mind to be an open grassy field again with crickets and dandelions. Besides, my husband isn't there to ring the bell with the
Aug 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. I think I wanted to like it slightly more than I did after I heard about the premise on NPR. Then, when I started the book the author kind of annoyed me. Her trust-fund baby background pushed all my prejudice buttons and set up a nice little tone of resentment that hung between the story and myself and threatened to undo all the possibility for mutuality and connection that is the very heart of enjoying a memoir.

Yeah, and then I got over it. Laura is a little bit spoiled. She
Nicole Harkin
Jul 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Wow. What a fun memoir. I loved it. Loved every word. I found this book at our bookstore, and it does not really come out until April. The book is the memoir by Laura Munson, who happens to live in Whitefish, Montana! Can you believe that? I think she is about 8 years older than all of my friends, but she moved to Montana the same year my family did.

The book was also summarized in a New York Times column last August.

In summary, her husband asked her for a divorce, and told her he did not love he
Mary Novaria
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the going got tough... Laura Munson decided not to play the victim. Instead, she was determined NOT to suffer, even when her husband--and the father of her two children--told her he wasn't sure he still loved her. Her response was something akin to "keep calm, carry on," partly because she simply didn't buy it. He was in the midst of financial losses and business woes and she was a convenient target for his angst. Some may have accused Ms. Munson of being in denial; instead, it seems she kn ...more
Apr 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely worth a read, though with some caveats. Laura Munson is remarkably likable (unlike Elizabeth Gilbert to whom I'm sure she'll be compared repeatedly). It's easy to root for her and her advice is thoughtful, honest, and compassionate.

That being said, the book's writing is a little amateurish at times and can also meander; in trying to fix her marriage, Munson strives for a level of anonymity and privacy for her husband and children that is admirable but also leaves much of her narrativ
Heather Fineisen
This book is a great friend to have nearby. Too bad it can't dial, text or meet for overly priced coffee or subpar wine. Pretend it's that silent, knowing friend and you will get some good advice on navigating relationships and being true to yourself. Marriage is hard every single day. But knowing yourself is even harder. Munson bravely exposes herself in this open chronicle of her marriage and we can all benefit from it. Empowerment, judgement, eyerolling, highfives--it's all there. It's all he ...more
Nadine Jones
Memoir of a time in the author's life when her husband said "I'm not sure if I love you" and walked out the door.

I had a lot of hope when I started reading this, but I quickly started skimming, because she repeats herself, and she strikes me as rather smug. I'll skim a few more chapters to see if it gets better, but I don't expect much.


I'm still skimming, I've skimmed myself to about 75% of the way done. The author remains quite smug. So disappointing.

A big part of my problem here is the autho
Apr 26, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so horrible that I struggled to continue past the 1st chapter...but I did...and persevered to finish the whole horrid mess. Ms. Munson's style of writing is disjointed, juvenile, and filled with unnecessary and gratuitous expletives. She comes across as a privileged, spoiled, self-centered, and materialistic has-been debutante...not the most likable of characters. While we read about her marriage falling apart, it is difficult to dredge up any sort of sympathy for her character, no ...more
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Laura Munson is the author of the New York Times and international bestselling memoir This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness (Amy Einhorn/Putnam 2010) which Book of the Month Club named one of the best books of the year. It has been published in nine countries and has been featured in Vanity Fair, Elle, Redbook, Time, Newsweek, Washington Post, Publisher’s Weekly and ...more
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“Probably the wisest words that were ever uttered to me. Came from a therapist. I was sitting in her office, crying my eyes out. . . and she said, "So let me get this straight. You base your personal happiness on things entirely out of your control.” 62 likes
“Suffering sucks. Don't do it. Go home and love your wife. Go home and love yourself. Go home
and base your happiness on one thing and one thing only: freedom. Choose freedom, not suffering. Create a life of freedom, not wanting. Have some really good coffee and listen to the red-winged blackbirds in the marsh. Ignore the mosquitoes.”
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