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Beauty Tips for the Bereaved: A Survival Guide [Kindle Edition]

Sunny Haralson , Amanda Rand , Diane Janes
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Beauty Tips for the Bereaved is the hilarious coming-of-age story of a young woman born to generations of poverty, who overcomes depression, a cutthroat custody battle, and her father's decline from hepatitis C to emerge triumphant.

Part postmodern fiction, part survival guide for those who find themselves possessing a life that just won't obey the laws of gravity. For the girl who has worried about her beauty regimen in a mental hospital or the dude who has been pooped on by a hobo. For survivalist new agers, online daters, fans of circus mice, and anyone who has ever driven past a trailer park and thought, "... but for the grace of God..."
And of course, there are beauty tips.
If you woke up this morning wondering if you can make it through one more day
this book will be the little paper cup of water popping up unexpectedly by the side of the road in the middle of the marathon.
If you are thinking to yourself- "My life is so much more fucked than anyone else I know"-
this book will show you how to dig through the wreckage and find something priceless.
If you are doing just fine, thank you, but need something to read on that long flight next week-
I will make you laugh
(even if you don't want to)
and make you cry
(sometimes that feels good too)
but I promise to give you something beautiful.
(Not to give anything away but it has a happy ending. It's currently unfolding right now.)
Because here is the thing no one tells you-
when you lose everything,
when you think you have nothing left to offer that anyone will value-
you can give the world your truth.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3405 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615987656
  • Publisher: The Teddy Bear Weasel (July 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars haunting and beautiful, part II July 5, 2013
By lbj
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This is what I wrote upon reading the book's preview:
"Haralson's "survival guide" promises to be a terrifying story written in a lush, gorgeous voice. Reading the preview has me counting the days until I can share the rest of her journey."

The novel more than follows through its promise to captivate you with a story that holds you steady while in the midst of its storm, written in a voice that allays your fears while describing a nightmare.
Haralson's debut novel leaves you wanting more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to get in to, hard to forget. September 7, 2013
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I keep reading Beauty Tips for the Bereaved and thinking, "anyone from Austin will love this book." "Any fan of the Bloggess will love this book." "Anyone who... (has been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder/doubted their parenting abilities/been told they could save the world/been told they just weren't trying hard enough when their fingers were down to the quick/HAS EVER BEEN THROUGH ANYTHING HARD) would love this book." Basically, you will love this book. If you're on the outside of all of the circles of that mess of a Venn diagram that could visualize the above, you're probably not in the set that would be reading this review in the first place.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant cathartic biographical novel September 14, 2013
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The soundtrack to this biographical novel should be anything by the Doors. The mixture of alienation poetry together with a delta blues riff is the perfect accompaniment for the prose of her book.

Her novel is a road novel along the lines of Joseph Conrad's `Heart of Darkness' (or the movie `version' Apocalypse Now). Albeit rather than roads or rivers her character journeys across her timeline and into herself while dealing with her own mysterious (and misdiagnosed) blend of mental and health issues. In the role of her Kurtz/Dr. Gonzo travel companion she casts an equally brilliant and ill father. The haunting and humorous journey transforms her and the colorful cast that accompany her, including the reader.

Not surprisingly she shares many themes with David Foster Wallace as she seeks to live a fulfilled life, one "less alone inside" with compassion and mindfulness as her tools. Fortunately her bouts of depression did not end tragically, allowing her to deliver a very cathartic book.

She was taught that both the world would come to an end and that she would heal others. The truth being that it was her world that had to end first and that she would have to heal herself before doing the same to others with her novel. If you have ever faced nearly insurmountable setbacks or even if you just enjoy someone beating the odds, this is the novel for you.

Sunny's book could have been borne from the beat generation as her character seeks to cope with the dark side of life accompanied at times by nothing more than a wicked sense of humor. Her writing, like Hunter S. Thompson's, blends reality and fiction seamlessly while revealing an inordinate amount of courage and heart.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow... July 5, 2013
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I am only a few chapters in and this is the perfect combination of beauty, heartbreak and humor. I will be finishing this tonight and recommending to all of my dysfunctional friends :)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Writer! June 13, 2013
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Sunny's book inspired me to reconnect with my Dad after many years.... very touching read that slaps you in the face with brutal honesty and laughter.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarstastic! August 30, 2013
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Beauty Tips for the Bereaved is an amazing, gripping read. After one page, I knew I was in for an emotional ride. I couldn't put it down, even placing my Kindle in a Ziplock to take to the shower with me. Steeped in melancholy, it pulls you through the authors phenomenal story, imbibing in an impossible sequence of events to only volcano you out the other end in tears of both laughter and complacency. Sunny is an extrememly talented story teller. A ninja of sorts. She leaves trails of colored rice throughout the pages, guiding her audience back through the forest and into beautiful meadows of rapport. Do not over look this book. I promise you it cures blindness.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamsters? June 13, 2013
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This preview of "Beauty Tips for the Bereaved" involved a smaller quantity of hamsters than I had initially expected after reading the description, but the rest of what is promised here is delivered upon tenfold and in a style that makes you feel an immediate connection with the author.

I can't wait to own the complete book. I will read it in one sitting and then when I have recovered from the aftermath of that I will purchase copies for several friends because I will need a support group with which to discuss this. More please.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exquisite prose February 22, 2014
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The voice of this book reminds me of that in Rivethead. Ms Haralson has a compelling tale, and her story brings to mind serious questions about the mind/body connection and how we view/treat mental illness with modern medicine. I hope she has great success, not only with the book but how her life turns out in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book. Heartfelt, serious, funny, real and yet at times unbelievable. Buy and read to feel like you are not the only one, to read of a truly wild Texas childhood, to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by bootobsessed
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
It's been a long time since I have read a book that kept my interest so quickly that I finished it in less than 24 hours. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't waste your time reading a few chapters to see if you like...
Sunny is such an entertaining writer. I'm not a big read-for-entertainment person because that kind of reading tends to put me to sleep, but not so with Sunny. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars incredibly touching, poignant & beautiful
I highly recommend this book to any person who is or knows someone who is struggling with the stress of life. Unbelievably encouraging in the darkest of times. Read more
Published 8 months ago by simplyshaunna
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful. Thank You.
The novel began as a tale of a somber childhood, and was slightly bewildering at first, but as the story began to unfold, it enraptured the tale of a beautiful woman who overcame... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bobbie Portner
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty Tips for the Bereaved: A Survival Guide
I am not sure why I downloaded this book onto my Kindle from Amazon but I am so very glad I did. Perhaps dealing with a death in the family encouraged me to read this wonderful... Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. Yates
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Really enjoyed this book, although it could have benefitted from some tighter editing in places.
Published 10 months ago by S. Walls
4.0 out of 5 stars Free and a quick read
This book was free and a fast read.
Entertaining and descriptive.
Published 10 months ago by cameo
4.0 out of 5 stars A roller coaster I couldn't put down!
No idea if this is a memoir or fiction but very heartfelt and enjoyable all the same. Very interesting characters especially the white trashy relatives... Read more
Published 10 months ago by dog lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! I couldn't put it down till I finished.
Being from Texas I found so many details that I could relate to. I could see, taste and smell my home town. So many of the characters were my family. Read more
Published 10 months ago by lana
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