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The Resource Two minus one : a memoir, Kathryn Taylor

Two minus one : a memoir, Kathryn Taylor

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Two minus one : a memoir
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Two minus one
Title remainder
a memoir
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Kathryn Taylor
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2 minus 1
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eng
Summary
""You can quit waiting for the other shoe to drop: I'm in it for life." Those are the fateful, repeated words that help convince Kathryn Taylor to remarry, retire from her thirty-year profession, sell her home, and relocate in support of her new husband's career. But five years later, in a car packed with food she has carefully prepared to nourish her husband's dying brother, the other shoe does drop. Taylor's husband unexpectedly proclaims he is, "done with the marriage and doesn't want to talk about it." With this, the life Taylor has come to know is over. Relying on the strength of a lifelong friend who refuses to let her succumb to the intense waves of grief, she slowly begins to find her way out of grief. Over the course of two years, through appointments with attorneys and therapists, purging shared belongings, and pushing herself to meet new people and do new things, Taylor not only regains a sense of control in her life, she also learns to enjoy the new life she has built, the friendships she's formed--and to savor her newfound strength."--Amazon.com
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/* Starred Review */ A woman chronicles a painful divorce in this debut memoir. Taylor remembers that she was driving on the interstate with her then-husband, Jim, when he suddenly announced, "I'm done with our marriage." The couple had been facing tough challenges: Jim's work had forced them to maintain a long-distance relationship for sustained periods, and his brother had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. However, there were no clear indications that Jim would request a divorce. Indeed, the shock was so great that the author says that she felt that "all the oxygen seemed to escape from the vehicle." When they first got married,she remembers, they used to wake each morning with smiles on their faces; they'd both been divorced before, so they were committed to making their marriage work. After settling together in Summerville, South Carolina, a chain of events, including leaving her job as a teacher, led to Taylor's feeling isolated. She writes that Jim told her that she sometimes said "hurtful" things, particularly after overindulging in wine, but she felt that her actions didn't warrant his description of her as "selfish" and "mean." This memoir confronts the painful, debilitating nature of divorce and offers guidance on how to survive "unexpectedly starting over" at 60. The act of putting her story on paper appears to have been a major source of catharsis for the author; she says that she'd always wanted to be a writer and that her grief helped her to complete this book. Her prose is elegantly descriptive and effortlessly precise throughout, and she speaks tenderly and directly to her readers: "You, too, have the ability to regain your confidence, abandon your hopelessness, and realize that you are not a woman to be tossed aside and forgotten." Taylor carefully explores her own rebuilding process, including time that she spent in therapy and the crucial support that she received from her friends. Her book may act as a lifeline for other women going through similar experiences, as it offers hope for newfound happiness. Truthful, dignified, and pragmatic writing. (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2018)
Biography type
autobiography
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10749985
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UOK
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Taylor, Kathryn
Dewey number
306.893092
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Taylor, Kathryn
  • Divorced women
  • Women teachers
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Social Scientists & Psychologists
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Cultural Policy
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
  • Divorced women
  • Women teachers
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Two minus one : a memoir, Kathryn Taylor
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text
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on1066062408
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
130 pages
Isbn
9781631524547
Lccn
2018947868
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)1066062408
Label
Two minus one : a memoir, Kathryn Taylor
Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1066062408
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
130 pages
Isbn
9781631524547
Lccn
2018947868
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1066062408

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