The To-Do List

The To-Do List

by JC Miller


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Between unending housework and thankless efforts to appease a loutish husband and acid-tongued teens, Ginny Cooper's to-do list never seems to get done. Her guilty pleasure - fantasizing about her husband's demise - her weakness - the drive-thru at Arby's. On the job as head librarian at the county's obsolete library, tedium reigns. One afternoon Ginny innocently stumbles upon a dating website, where the rabbit hole awaits.

Who is Ginny Cooper? She is every woman who knows the exact number of calories in a Snickers bar, every woman who has ever struggled with her weight. She is every woman who has grappled with the gray areas, every woman who has wanted to escape her own life. At times the listener will want to shake her and talk some sense into her. But Ginny will have to navigate her own road. And through it all, we root for her. Ginny's childhood memories of her fading hometown provide a bittersweet backdrop for The To-Do List.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781548247331
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

JC (Jeanne) Miller is a freelance essayist and the author of five novels, including the best-selling Vacation. An avid reader, aspiring traveler and table tennis enthusiast, JC resides in Northern California.

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The To-Do List 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
Ok, I am in love with the lead character Ginny Cooper, she is a Librarian!! Jealous much!? Enough in to the book, I learn that jealousy fades. This is JC Millers third novel that I have had the pleasure to read. She has a special way of making her main characters truly recognizable; they will either remind you of yourself, or someone you know. You will have Ginny’s back and be rooting for her the whole time. This is the story of a 41-year-old woman that is the wife of a “not-so-nice” man/husband Cal, the Mom of two teenagers, Kelly and Kevin. She lives her life by making “to-do lists”, just to get by. Phone calls, groceries, dry clean pick-ups and even Killing Cal are on her lists. There needs to be a List App named for her...Haha. There is a lot to be said for reading stories of women that are going through personal distress, and come out swinging! And, Ginny is not about to just settle for her life as it is!! So, I suggest that you grab this book and find out what she does to overcome her inner and outer battles, or has any that should remain the same. Ginny is tired of watching her weight by counting calories, overeating anyway, listening to her family complain about almost everything, and live a life that is just not fun. She will find it, but you know I cannot tell you how…It is worth the read. I will tell you that her past does come back….but, who? JC Miller has not ever let me down, she is a very talented story-teller, full of witty banter and serious entertainment. Her books are quick to read…but, it may be because I just get so wrapped up in her story that I don’t want to put it down. I dare you to try!
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Is Ginny Cooper running her life, or is her life running her? Ginny Cooper wears many hats in her life: a wife, mother, daughter, friend, and librarian. Her daily to-do list is never ending, and somewhere along the way she has lost the sense of who she was, while becoming everything to everyone in her family. Between Snicker bars and Arbys, failed diets, struggling with her weight, and dysfunctional family drama, Ginny wants to escape her life, so she embarks on a personal journey of rediscovering herself and taking back control of her life! In The To-Do List, author JC Miller weaves a realistic tale mixed with humor, wit, and sassiness that captures the true essence of one woman's life that many women can relate to. The reader follows Ginny's story as she struggles to be everything to everyone in her family and career, until she finally realizes that somewhere along the way she has lost herself, and decides to embark on a journey to take back control of her life. As I followed Ginny's story, I found myself connecting with her on so many levels, especially my love of Snickers, Arby's roast beef sandwiches, making lists, and dealing with the never ending and unappreciated daily trials and tribulations ... damn JC, did you peek into my life? lol Ginny's story can be anyone's story, you'll find yourself shaking your head in recognition of some part of your life in her story, and you can't help but cheer Ginny on as her inspirational personal journey leads her back to her true self.