Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put On My Pajamas & Found Happiness

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From the beloved author Dominique Browning, a humorous and moving book about losing a job and winning a life.

In November 2007, former editor in chief of House & Garden magazine Dominique Browning experienced what thousands have since experienced. She lost her job. Overnight, her driven, purpose-filled days vanished. With her children leaving home and a long relationship ending, the structure of her days disappeared. She fell into a panic of loss but found humor despite ...

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Overview

From the beloved author Dominique Browning, a humorous and moving book about losing a job and winning a life.

In November 2007, former editor in chief of House & Garden magazine Dominique Browning experienced what thousands have since experienced. She lost her job. Overnight, her driven, purpose-filled days vanished. With her children leaving home and a long relationship ending, the structure of her days disappeared. She fell into a panic of loss but found humor despite everything, discovering a deeper joy than any she had ever known. It was a life she had not sought, but one that offered pleasures and surprises she didn’t know she lacked.

Slow Love is about wearing your pajamas to the farmers’ market, packing up a beloved home and moving to a more rural setting, making time to play the piano and go kayaking, reinventing yourself, and not cutting corners when it comes to love, muffins, or gardening. This elegant, graceful—and yet funny—book inspires us to dance in the kitchen and seize new directions.

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Publishers Weekly
Browning's 13-year-job as editor-in-chief of House & Garden fulfillingly defined her days and her identity; when the magazine folded two years ago, she was shaken to the core of her being. Having maintained her Westchester house, family of two grown sons, extensive garden, and frequent dining out, her life and general sense of self was radically shaken over the next year, and in this enchanting, funny, deeply gracious memoir, Browning, many years divorced, recounts how she found enlightenment at the other end. Writing was one way to absorb the panic; she went on a muffin-baking binge and gained 15 pounds; lost track of days, remaining comfortingly in her pjs and yearning perilously to reconnect to a former lover she calls Stroller, who was deemed wrong for her by everyone she knew. A few small decisions had enormous impact, such as when insomnia compelled her to tackle Bach's Goldberg Variations on the piano, and poignantly she refocused on her artistic nature. There is such feeling and care on each page of Browning's well-honed memoir—her rediscovery of nature, her avowal to let love find her rather than seek it, tapping satisfying work at her own keyboard—that the reader is swept along in a pleasant mood of transcendence. (May)
Shape Magazine
“If you read one book, make it Slow Love … advice we could all use, regardless of whether we’re gainfully employed!”
The Boston Globe - Judy Bolton-Fasman
“In burnished, exquisite prose, Browning describes her feelings of being set adrift until she gradually transforms her helter-skelter days into a deliberate, contemplative way of life. … There’s a lovely ‘thinking out loud’ quality to Slow Love that makes the reader privy to Browning’s soul.”
The New York Times Book Review - Miranda Seymour
“Not only an elegant and meditative writer but a pungently witty one ... Triumphantly, [Browning] makes the case for slow love achieved, a process she describes as the flip side of nostalgia: the state of 'knowing what you’ve got before it’s gone.'”
Maira Kalman
“There cannot be a person on earth who does not sometimes wonder what the purpose of their life is. Dominique Browning was lucky enough to get fired, so she had time to find out who she was or might be. And we are lucky that she was able to write (often with great humor) about her loss, her loves, her pajamas and ultimately, her return to life.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934633311
  • Publisher: Atlas
  • Publication date: 5/3/2010
  • Pages: 271
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dominique Browning

For over a decade, Dominique Browning was the editor in chief of House & Garden. She is the author of Around the House and in the Garden and lives in New York City and Rhode Island.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2010

    Witty Work With Light Touch On a Topic of Profound Importance For Millons of Us

    Teenagers may dream of unemployment, but for adults it can be a humiliating and terrifying experience. Browning manages to address her own mid life enforced unemployment in a sophisticated albeit accessible manner that is frequently exceptionally funny but masks what underneath was obviously traumatic. Given that many millions of us have been forcibly unemployed or fear that we or a family member or friend will be, this book helps to provides words to those feelings and some direction for any who feel lost without the daily compass of a job.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2010

    Slow Fiction

    When you discover, as I did, that the author moved to a $2 million+ house in upscale Newport, Rhode Island, ostensibly to cope with unemployment, it sure does give her belly-aching a new slant. I'd give this work of fiction a "D" for street cred.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    Did not live up to the hype.

    Enjoyed Ms. Brownings writing style, however the content was elementary and did not live up to the reviews that directed me to her book. I was left wondering what was the point. Not wanting to detract from her life experience as her loss is real, I think it is more shocking for her executive friends to relate to her choices than for the everyday person.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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