It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny PurmortIt's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort

It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too)

byNora McInerny Purmort

Paperback | April 4, 2017

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“Thank you for the perfect blend of nostalgia-drenched humor, wit, and heartbreak, Nora.” — Mandy Moore

comedy = tragedy + time/rosé

Twenty-seven-year-old Nora McInerny Purmort bounced from boyfriend to dopey “boyfriend” until she met Aaron—a charismatic art director and comic-book nerd who once made Nora laugh so hard she pulled a muscle. When Aaron was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, they refused to let it limit their love. They got engaged on Aaron’s hospital bed and had a baby boy while he was on chemo. In the period that followed, Nora and Aaron packed fifty years of marriage into the three they got, spending their time on what really matters: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, each other, and Beyoncé. A few months later, Aaron died in Nora’s arms. The obituary they wrote during Aaron’s hospice care revealing his true identity as Spider-Man touched the nation. With It’s Okay to Laugh, Nora puts a young, fresh twist on the subjects of mortality and resilience. What does it actually mean to live your “one wild and precious life” to the fullest? How can a joyful marriage contain more sickness than health? How do you keep going when life kicks you in the junk? In this deeply felt and deeply funny memoir, Nora gives her readers a true gift—permission to struggle, permission to laugh, permission to tell the truth and know that everything will be okay. It’s Okay to Laugh is a love letter to life, in all its messy glory; it reads like a conversation with a close friend, and leaves a trail of glitter in its wake.

This book is for people who have been through some shit.

This is for people who aren’t sure if they’re saying or doing the right thing (you’re not, but nobody is). This is for people who had their life turned upside down and just learned to live that way. For people who have laughed at a funeral or cried in a grocery store. This is for everyone who wondered what exactly they’re supposed to be doing with their one wild and precious life. I don’t actually have the answer, but if you find out, will you text me?

Title:It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too)Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062419382

ISBN - 13:9780062419385

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! I found Nora after reading her husbands obituary and then their blog, My Husband's Tumor and then I found every single thing Nora has written, including listening to her incredible pod cast Terrible, Thanks for Asking. Nora exudes honesty about the hardest things in life. No short cuts, straight to the heart of the matter in an easy, hilarious and gifted way. I've read the book several times, going over sentences and chapters that flow just like grief; hard, easy, funny, sad, devastating and then peaceful. It's a wonderful book that makes you laugh out loud while you're crying at the same time. Have recommend 100 times.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone should read this I was led to this book after getting hooked on Nora's podcast "Terrible, Thanks for Asking" and cannot say enough great things about both the podcast and the book. She talks about tough things in such a real way, often making you laugh out loud. Love her honestly and openness.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Well written, bold and laugh out loud funny. This book is a fantastic read.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The one memoir that you should read. Sweet and bold and laugh-out-loud funny. This memoir is a breath of fresh air in what has become a mostly cringe-inducing category of reading. From Aaron's obituary; Nora was married to Aaron Purmort who died peacefully at home on November 25, 2014 after complications from a radioactive spider bite. He left behind Nora and their son Ralph, who will grow up to avenge his father's untimely death. A great read for anyone who has or is going through a loss (who hasn't?) Laugh out loud, blink back tears and feel better!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Very Interesting Meditation on Loss! Imagine losing your husband, father and unborn child all in the span of a year when you are 31 years old. Now imagine writing a book about it not long after and still managing to be funny and open about it all. Nora McInerny Purmort is an unapologetic, sassy woman, who went through hell and still made me snort-laugh while reading. She's got a ton of opinions, not all of which I agree with, but I had a hard time putting this down. I really enjoyed this!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A good book for when you're working through loss
Date published: 2016-12-07

Editorial Reviews

“It is funny, and it is sad, and it is real, and if you’ve ever been through anything in your life…you are going to love this book.”