No Happy Endings: A Memoir

No Happy Endings: A Memoir

by Nora McInerny


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The author of It’s Okay to Laugh and host of the popular podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking—interviews that are “a gift to be able to listen [to]” (New York Times)—returns with more hilarious meditations on her messy, wonderful, bittersweet, and unconventional life.

Life has a million different ways to kick you right in the chops. We lose love, lose jobs, lose our sense of self. For Nora McInerny, it was losing her husband, her father, and her unborn second child in one catastrophic year.

But in the wake of loss, we get to assemble something new from whatever is left behind. Some circles call finding happiness after loss “Chapter 2”—the continuation of something else. Today, Nora is remarried and mothers four children aged 16 months to 16 years. While her new circumstances bring her extraordinary joy, they are also tinged with sadness over the loved ones she’s lost.

Life has made Nora a reluctant expert in hard conversations. On her wildly popular podcast, she talks about painful experiences we inevitably face, and exposes the absurdity of the question “how are you?” that people often ask when we’re coping with the aftermath of emotional catastrophe. She knows intimately that when your life falls apart, there’s a mad rush to be okay—to find a silver lining, to get to the happy ending. In this, her second memoir, Nora offers a tragicomic exploration of the tension between finding happiness and holding space for the unhappy experiences that have shaped us.

No Happy Endings is a book for people living life after life has fallen apart. It’s a book for people who know that they’re moving forward, not moving on. It’s a book for people who know life isn’t always happy, but it isn’t the end: there will be unimaginable joy and incomprehensible tragedy. As Nora reminds us, there will be no happy endings—but there will be new beginnings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062792402
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 551,654
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nora McInerny is the author of It’s Okay to Laugh and No Happy Endings, the host of the Terrible, Thanks for Asking podcast, co-founder of the Hot Young Windows Club, and the founder of the nonprofit Still Kickin. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 How to Have a Total Breakdown 7

Chapter 2 You Need Therapy 11

Chapter 3 Don't Should Yourself 19

Chapter 4 I Can't Even 27

Chapter 5 Arranged 33

Chapter 6 Baggage 43

Chapter 7 Finders Keepers 51

Chapter 8 In Between 59

Chapter 9 Ready or Not 67

Chapter 10 Smile 77

Chapter 11 Sophie's Hot Dad 85

Chapter 12 The Gift 95

Chapter 13 Too Soon 103

Chapter 14 Not That Kind of Christian 111

Chapter 15 Flip the Nuggets 119

Chapter 16 Meet the Parents (All of Them) 127

Chapter 17 In the Darkness 135

Chapter 18 Oops 141

Chapter 19 Sad Nora and the Secret Baby 147

Chapter 20 Memorial Day 155

Chapter 21 Armless 167

Chapter 22 Should I Marry a Boy with a Brain Tumor? 177

Chapter 23 Feeling Myself 183

Chapter 24 Options 189

Chapter 25 All My Children 191

Chapter 26 Sad and Lucky 197

Chapter 27 Dear 203

Chapter 28 Dear Ralphie 205

Chapter 29 Dear Baby 211

Chapter 30 Dear Sophie 215

Chapter 31 Dear Ian 221

Chapter 32 Feminist Agenda 225

Chapter 33 Big, Gross, Angry Feminist 229

Chapter 34 Destroy the Patriarchy After You Propose to Me 233

Chapter 35 What I've Learned from Arguing on the Internet 241

Chapter 36 Don't Read the Comments 243

Chapter 37 35 249

Chapter 38 Greatness and Goodness 255

Chapter 39 She Persisted 261

Chapter 40 Yes, And 265

Acknowledgements 271

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