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Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love
     

Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love

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by Matt Logelin
 

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Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts. After years of long-distance dating, the pair finally settled together in Los Angeles, and they had it all: a perfect marriage, a gorgeous new home, and a baby girl on the way. Liz's pregnancy was rocky, but they welcomed Madeline, beautiful and healthy, into the world on March 24, 2008.

Just twenty-seven

Overview

Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts. After years of long-distance dating, the pair finally settled together in Los Angeles, and they had it all: a perfect marriage, a gorgeous new home, and a baby girl on the way. Liz's pregnancy was rocky, but they welcomed Madeline, beautiful and healthy, into the world on March 24, 2008.

Just twenty-seven hours later, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died instantly, without ever holding the daughter whose arrival she had so eagerly awaited. Though confronted with devastating grief and the responsibilities of a new and single father, Matt did not surrender to devastation; he chose to keep moving forward-- to make a life for Maddy.

In this memoir, Matt shares bittersweet and often humorous anecdotes of his courtship and marriage to Liz; of relying on his newborn daughter for the support that she unknowingly provided; and of the extraordinary online community of strangers who have become his friends. In honoring Liz's legacy, heartache has become solace.

Editorial Reviews

Matthew Logelin called it "the saddest, most horrific moment of my life." Just twenty-seven hours after his wife Liz gave birth to tiny Maddy in March 2008, this joyous new mother died of an embolism. The story captured the soul of a nation. On morning television shows, on Oprah, online, and in newspapers, the family's loss and Matt's inspiring efforts to transform his grief his grief into a happy future for Maddy. Since then, his website updating his beloved toddler's progress has been visited by millions. Two Kisses for Maddy tells and shows the full story of a brave man's response to tragedy. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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"A tender memoir that combines the deep sadness of loss with the joys of parenthood even under incredibly trying circumstances." -Kirkus Reviews"

Heartbreaking, raw, moving and uplifting at the same time." -The Hollywood Reporter "

TWO KISSES FOR MADDY is less a conscious piece of writing than a spontaneous eruption from the heart. It will make you cry but not only out of sadness. Some of your tears will be for the beauty of love and its miraculous power to heal even the deepest wounds." -John Grogan, New York Times bestselling author of MARLEY & ME"

No one wants to read a depressing book. But how can you possibly call depressing what is so filled with love and life and the unstoppable message of how lucky we are to have what we have. Read this book and put your life back in perspective." -Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of HEROES FOR MY SON"

In Matthew Logelin's honest and poignant story, we learn a great many lessons about the fragility of life, and about the strength we all can summon to move forward. With two kisses and an open heart, he shows how love can sustain us." -Jeffrey Zaslow, New York Times bestselling coauthor of THE LAST LECTURE"

Almost unparalleled as a raw and unapologetic portrait of grief, TWO KISSES FOR MADDY is a stunning testimony of the kind of love— fated, magnificent— that inspires novels. So vivid, so powerful and pitch-perfect, is his evocation of his beloved Liz that I could hear her laughter and see her face for days after putting the book down." -Claire Fontaine, national bestselling author of COME BACK

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ISBN-13:
9781609418786
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
04/14/2011
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Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
186,845
File size:
15 MB
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Meet the Author

Born and bred in Minnesota, Matt Logelin was a project manager at Yahoo! until he left the company to focus on writing this book and raising his daughter, Madeline. The two live in Los Angeles, traveling often to see as much of the world as possible. Please visit them at www.mattlogelin.com

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Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 249 reviews.
RAS25 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! From page one the book is engaging ... You will find yourself welling up with tears at unexpected, incomprehensibly-painful moments ... and then a few pages later, in reading of a much lighter moment, you will catch yourself chuckling out loud (without a care as to whom may see/hear you doing so). In reading the book, you'll find yourself thinking, "I want to be loved like Matt loves Liz!" It is a love story that was meant to end with the words "... and they lived happily ever after." But life, tragically, altered the script. The book offers a life affirming -- and love affirming -- perspective in moving through (not past) grief with hope, perseverance and honoring the life well-lived. You'll definitely want to buy extra copies of the book for the people you cherish. Because a great book, like this one, is meant to be shared not shelved. While the book was written as a gift to the author's wife, Liz, and daughter, Madeline ... it truly is a gift to us all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very sad story. I truly felt his pain, it seemed that the grief that consumed him would never go away. But he was left with a beautiful gift, a daughter, and a reason to continue on with his life the best way he knew how. I have only one complaint, the use of the F word throughout the book. Did he really think it would make a better read. I felt offended. This word does not have a place in this type of story. Out of respect for his wife's memory and his daughter. Is using this word the norm for writers now days, this is the second book I have read this week that the F word was used in practically every sentence.
Candace_Perkins More than 1 year ago
All the blurbs have been truly amazing. Matt's book has been a long time coming and very much anticipated by his loyal blog readers and fans. Having read his blog myself, just the title alone brings tears to my eyes. He's got an incredible story...not unique, as many people out there will be able to relate on some level or another...however his way of coping and expressing his thoughts and feelings through his writting has created a following that not even he could have ever imagined. His writing is eloquent, deep, poised, heartwrenching, thought provoking, but most of all it's real. It's a real man's feelings and actions in dealing with a terribly horrible situation, of which he manages to turn around for the better. Whether you think you can relate or not, it's worth the read and will have you captivated from the moment you crack it open, until, well forever.
Thinker79 More than 1 year ago
I am giving the book four stars, because even though I really enjoyed it, the language was loathsome at times. I honestly feel like the bad language served to limit my ability to connect to the author and story. I realize it is a memoir, and Matt was only being honest with his emotions, but I would not be being honest if I gave the book five stars. There were no warnings on the cover regarding the language, so stumbling upon the first f-bomb caught me by surprise. Despite that, I chose to keep going because I had to see how it ended. What concerns me most about the book is that he wrote this intending for it to benefit his daughter some day. I would like to think that as a father, he would set higher standards for his daughter. All my life, I never heard my father utter the "f" word. I lost my dad suddenly a month ago (stroke), and we were sitting around sharing memories, and my brother repeated a conversation he had recently with my dad, where my dad exclaimed, "what the f--- was that?!" I told my brother I never heard my dad say that word, to which he said, "he said it." It suddenly occurred to me that I experienced the side of my dad that he "allowed" out of a certain amount of respect for his daughter, and ladies in general. It made me admire him all the more. The other thing was that I was surprised to learn that Matt is a "non-believer", especially after his experience in losing Liz. I saw signs of God everywhere, even though he says he does not believe in signs. When the teller at the bank breaks down crying at the sight of Matt's tears, all of the beautiful places on the Earth that Matt and Liz were (extremely) fortunate enough to experience together before she left, the beautiful replica of Liz in Maddy, the fact that he ended up in the same place on Liz's birthday that she was the year before, without him knowing beforehand--and even, the irony that Maddy held her bottle there for the first time ever, must have been a gift for them both to share together--and that's not all. The very way he is responding to the outpour of others' caring (what I would consider God working through people)--and insisting on returning the blessings by giving them back. That is the way that God tells us to live our lives. In addition, there were so many similarities between the couple and my husband and I. Liz sounds like just the kind of person I was (about 10 years ago, I've changed a lot in a decade, however, I am still 4'll). I even called my husband a "pus**" all the time! The number 7 was always my favorite number (and lucky number). I feel that 7 is one of God's special "completion" numbers (will not diverge on that explanation here). However, my husband's lucky number is 13, so he insisted we get married on June 13th (FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!!). Also, I have always wanted to live in Pasadena, CA. The fact that Maddy was seven months old when he returned to work; they first rode in Liz's car it had 77,777 miles on it ... man, how could he not see that? What are the chances of all these things?? And, I think him assuming that Liz would not want Maddy to be told of the possibility of God's existence could be off base here. Let's face it, Liz did claim the Catholic religion in the hospital, and the way that she absolutely loved Christmas, obviously her spirit recognized something deeper at the very least. Regardless, I appreciate Matt's commitment to share his experience; i
Alycia Gant More than 1 year ago
Great book about love, loss and the steps one takes through the grieving process.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not do reviews although I take the time to read them before I pick out a book. Hoever, I decided this book deserved my review! Having recently lost someone close to me I decided this would be a good read. I was right! Matt is very REAL. The one thing I hate the most is "self help books" this is anything but. You learn from his story and take what you want. I could have gotten through this book in one day but took several days as I did not want the story to end. Thank you Matt for sharing your story with us.
rachaelh More than 1 year ago
I just finished Matt's book this past weekend and it was just excellent. His candid writing style and ability to feel his pain were well done. It's an outstanding "Taj Mahal" for his wife Liz, and gift to his daughter. Thanks for the great read, Matt!
lildirtydesigner More than 1 year ago
I am torn between giving this 2.5 or 3 stars...so I will go with 2.5 based on the following. The story starts off with two soul mates who have fallen in love and against all odds with college and long distance, they get married. Liz and Matt have a special bond like no other because they have spent twelve years together and no each other like the back of their hands. After they marry, Liz and Matt buy their first house and find out that they are expecting a baby (Maddy). The perfect life comes tumbling down within 24 hours. Maddy is born and Liz dies of complications. What is a man suppose to do? Climb under a rock? Leave this earth? Or become the best Dad that he can. It is a really great to read how Matt stepped up but here comes some issues. The swearing killed me - yes you are pissed but do you have to swear during the eulogy? If my husband did that,I would come back and haunt him. The writing was okay but I do give him credit because the author wrote the book as a memory of his wife and he said that he isn't a writer. Lastly, it just dragged in parts. I am not in his shoes so I don't know how to live after I lost my significant other. With that said, I had to skim a lot of the last part of the book. To actually live Matt, you have to focus on the future and the life that you are giving Maddy. If it is hard to live in that house, sell it. If it is hard for you to live in LA without a natural support system, move back home. You can't live in the past when you have a little daughter to take care of. Good luck!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The father uses horrible language. There is a cuss word on almost every page. I did not finish this book, one of the fist times ever. I would not recommend this to anyone.
sMom More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. It showed me what the love of a husband and wife is all about and getting through a very difficult time for the sake of your child...especially that it is from a mans perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whythe language...it was such a great book...and no im not a prude...but that kinda made the book hard to under stand...i am a mature 13year old but that was ridiculous!? But the story line of the story was great and i cried all the time thinking about his life...i was very touched by the story
Sarah Parmer More than 1 year ago
Thank you for sharing your soul in this powerful memoir. This story can teach us all to be thankful for the blessings in our lives. It was absolutely refreshing for a guy to be so honest about his feelings. God bless you and Maddy.
Megan Lanning More than 1 year ago
A hauntingly beautiful written story of loss, life, and love.
2Bornot2BKAT More than 1 year ago
I+really+enjoyed+the+book.+I+read+it+in+2+days.+It+was+amazing+to+feel+how+much+he+loved+his+wife+but+stayed+strong+for+his+daughter.
ebony123 More than 1 year ago
Not often a book brings me to tears. . . Well written. . . Gives a good perspective on the topic of male grief since this has not been covered very well and in such detail. As depressing and sad as it was, I could not stop reading and was hoping for a happy ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a touching book of loss and love. Matt is a wonderful daddy and Maddy is a very lucky little girl to have him. Keep up the good work Matt. This book will allow Maddy to know how much she was loved and wanted by her mommy.
pueo808 More than 1 year ago
If you've been reading Matt's blog, you're going to love his book. Matt has a way of tugging at the heart strings. He's done an outstanding job of raising his beautiful little girl during a very sad time and I'm so glad he's using this tragic situation to help people out. Although I haven't read the book yet, I'm really looking forward to April 2011.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this would be a touching story but the language that was used held me back from feeling anything for this guy. I have always felt it takes a lot more intelligence to speak without using swear words. His spending so much of other peoples money and not working was also a big turn off. Bragging how many air miles he and his daughter have accumulated when many of us dream of going to Paris just once in our lifetime was also a poor choice he made. I finished the book only to find out the ending but skimmed past many sentences to bypass that offensive fbomb. There should be a warning about the language.
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ColaLynn7 More than 1 year ago
I am giving this book 4 stars for the simple fact that Matt pours his heart and soul into this piece of work. It is one of the best memoirs I have read ever, and definitely one of the best books I have read. At points I laughed hysterically and a page later I was crying my eyes out. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this down. Through its sadness, the love prevails. The love of a husband and wife. The love of a dad and his daughter. The love of a mom and daughter...no matter how brief. It eventually brings us back to the love of family. Though heartbreaking (have tissues on hand) it is inspirational and thought provoking at the same time. A DEFINITE read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly a beautiful book. Heartbreaking story of the trials of life and how one really can not only survive but thrive
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