Disregard First Bookby Terry Martin Hekker
At the height of the feminist movement Terry Martin Hekker's book, EVER SINCE ADAM AND EVE, served as a counterpoint as she trumpeted the joys of motherhood and homemaking. Critics hailed it as "often profound and always hilarious . . . a warm and realistic view of womanhood." They said, "the fact that she framed her message in laughter does not lessen the depth of her vision." Publisher's Weekly called it "a gem."
Decades later Terry's unforeseen divorce and subsequent reawakening has resulted in a more forceful story, asking readers to 'disregard' that first anachronistic book. This follow-up offers the same mixture of wit and wisdom as she tackles issues of an aging generation who lived through the cataclysmic changes fostered by the feminist and sexual revolutions. Young women facing decisions about marriage and careers will be guided by her cautionary tale. And older men and women will enjoy her amusing odyssey of hope and love punctuated by uproarious anecdotes about her big Irish family.
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I just finished Disregard First Book and can't gush about it enough. First, the author's writing is just sterling. Every word is like a pearl and the thoughts so cohesively and cleverly constructed. Second, Terry strikes the perfect balance of wise, candid, hopeful and humorous .. third, it defied genre. It was all at once a memoir, a treatise, a tribute, a self-help and by the last page, even a recipe book! It made me laugh aloud, and weep and berate myself for my own self-pity for various misfortunes. It definitely made me a better person. This is an important book, I loved it! Daria S.
This was a delightful book to read. It was funny, witty, charming and nostalgic - all at the same time. Throughout the pages you get such a strong sense of the author's deep love for her ex-husband and for her family. Her Irish wit is on display with the wonderful stories and quotes from her parents, her cousins, aunts and uncles. If you grew up in an Irish family, you'll recognize so many of the sayings - and will remember the simple wisdom that was conveyed in a few words.
Told with wit and wisdom. This author shares her experiences with marriage, family and career...and a younger generation can take away some great life lessons.
I started and finished this book in one sitting! This reader laughed, nodded her head, smiled, cried and said "you go girl" on every page...especially when learning about the "AFGO" club! A very good, real life read that definitely gives hope, inspiration, courage and a true feeling of "sisterhood" for all of us in similar shoes. I loved it!