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Broken Pieces (Essays Inspired By Life) [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Thompson , Jessica Swift , Bennet Pomerantz , Natasha Brown
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Welcome to bestselling author Rachel Thompson's newest work! Vastly different in tone from her previous essay collections A Walk In The Snark and The Mancode: Exposed, BROKEN PIECES is a collection of pieces inspired by life: love, loss, abuse, trust, grief, and ultimately, love again.

This is NOT a humor book!

PRAISE FOR BROKEN PIECES:

'So ridiculously amazing, I can't take it'
~ Gabe Berman, Author 'Live LIke A Fruit Fly'

'Engrossed. It is a grippingly brilliant work'
~ Frank Feather, author and blogger

'Any woman who has had a former lover (or two or three) will be able to relate to this. Her writing is very poetic'
~ LS Hullinger, reader, writer

'A brilliant and intense must read'
~ Jeffery Rowan, reader

Want to see why people love it? Buy your copy today!


Editorial Reviews

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  • WINNER, 2013 Global eBook Awards, (Nonfiction/Women's Studies)
  • WINNER, 2013 eFestival of Words (Nonfiction)
  • WINNER, Honorable Mention, 2013 San Francisco Book Festival Awards (NonFiction)
  • #1 on Book Club Books and Top Nonfiction Books (paid)
  • Latest version includes book club questions! 
Love, loss, sexual abuse, date rape, grief. Not easy subjects, but real ones -- told in pieces (thus the title). Poetry, prose, and essays to let you into one woman's life. 
'5-stars! It is rare when a writer puts so much of him or herself on the paper that you can see them bleed, but Rachel Thompson boldly steps out of the shadows and puts herself in the light that shows her wounds, her flaws, her heart and you can't help but be moved.

This book is about surviving, thriving and living. I recommend it more than any other book I have read.

Tracy Riva, Midwest Book Review, Amazon Top Reviewer
In "Broken Pieces" Rachel brings out some of the darkest and most traumatic experiences of her life and lays them out for the world to see.

As the title of this book suggests, the personal experiences explored in "Broken Pieces" and their impact on Rachel's life are fragmented and disjointed. There are certain themes that join them, such as trust, intimacy and sexuality.

The book is written as a series of fragmentary essays. Thompson is a wonderful stylist, and the whole book is written in a very lyrical and poignant prose. This is not a book for leisure reading, but a powerful testament to the resilience and the indomitable nature of human spirit.
~ Dr. Bojan Tunguz, Amazon Top 10 Hall of Fame Reviewer 
  • This book has mature themes and is not intended for a young audience. 

From the Author

This is my most intensive work to date. 
Broken Pieces is a work of nonfiction essays, poetry, and prose where I open my soul and invite you in for a visit. It's vulnerable, it's raw honesty, it's no-holds barred. This is the first book I've published where I questioned if readers and reviewers would respond favorably due to the serious nature of the work. 
And yet, they have. 
Most readers know me as the funny girl, but this work (hinted at in A Walk In The Snark), shows that I can go into those long buried rooms, the ones we lock up deep inside, and share. 
These stories were there. I simply had to wait until my brain caught up. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 708 KB
  • Print Length: 137 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rachel Thompson (December 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AR0T74S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel's Story is a part of all our Stories December 27, 2012
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One of the most courageous things a person can do is write their truth, and then share it with the world. It might be easier for fiction, although I imagine some piece of the author comes through in a novel. But in essays, memoirs, and other personal works of non-fiction, the content is only the author's truth. I don't know firsthand, but I imagine this must be terrifying. You tell your story- in total honesty, the anguish, the anger, the grief- and people love it or hate it or, perhaps worst, are ambivalent about it.

It's riskier, still, when your previously published books are humorous. Your readers think they know what to expect. They like your snark, they like your martini and Nutella references, and they feel they know you.

Then you blindside those same readers with things you've only hinted at before. An ex-lover who killed himself and your questioning of your own grief. Other tragic and terrible events that have shaped you into the person you are now. Saying depression and anxiety out loud- exposing yourself to the opinion of every reader. Laying bare your soul.

Is that scary? Maybe. It's what Rachel Thompson (RachelintheOC) has done with Broken Pieces. Exchanging her trademark snark for brutal truth, Rachel shares with us the more serious events of her life. The stories that perhaps broke her in some ways. Although I prefer to say shaped her into who she is today.

Readers looking only for Rachel's humor will be disappointed. Broken Pieces isn't depressing, but it definitely isn't funny. It is, I think, mournfully hopeful. She tells her stories without melodrama, without asking for pity, but in a straightforward manner, saying almost, "These are some of the stories that shaped me. Take them or leave them.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Healing In Dark Times December 21, 2012
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Excellent news . . . congratulations on Rachel Thompson's 3rd book release. I read an early version, and what struck me was how harrowing each remembered situation became -- thoughtful, urgent, pressing into memory using different platforms: poetry, essay, memoir. Love the author's ability to share darkness in philosophical ways that point towards healing.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Definite Read for Men and Women December 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In this collection of essays, the author delves into some of the most painful experiences in her life. Although our life experiences are quite different, I found myself nodding my head most of the way through the book. You see, I think most women have experiences in their lives that they can't find the words to explain, they just know how it felt. Rachel found the words for herself, and for all of us. While men may also relate on the same level, I thought while reading the novel that it is something I would like my sons to read. Maybe as an 'understanding women's feelings and emotions: 101' course.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken But Not Destroyed April 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
We all have many painful and even traumatic experiences in our lives, many of which come to shape us in ways that we are only partially aware of. They end up influencing our relationships and interactions, and can significantly shape our entire outlook on the world. Most of us don't have the courage or desire to speak about them even to people that we are closest to. Going out of our way to actually write about them and make them available to the wide audience takes a particular kind of inner strength. And in "Broken Pieces" Rachel Thompson does just that - she brings out some of the darkest and most traumatic experiences of her life and lays them out for the World to see.

As the title of this book suggests, the personal experiences explored in "Broken Pieces" and their impact on Rachel's life are fragmented and disjointed. There are certain themes that join them, such as trust, intimacy and sexuality, but overall there is no overwhelming sense of what impact one experience may bare on the others - if any. Rachel is bearing her soul out, for all of us to see, and letting each one of us take away our own lessons that we find in these incidents. This book avoids being preachy and patronizing, which in itself is remarkable since these kinds of traumatic experiences are precisely the ones that are most often taken as the basis for some greater agenda. There is no hidden agenda in "Broken Pieces," but a wealth of valuable life lessens that most of us will be fortunate enough not to have to go through ourselves.

The book is written as a series of fragmentary essays. The "narrative" (if it can be called that) jumps from one experience to another, often going back and forth in order to reinforce certain points.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knights and Dragons January 19, 2013
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Broken Pieces Review

Rachel Thompson

Some girls grow up being told that a knight in shining armor will save them, and slay dragons for them. But in the real world, sometimes the knight IS the dragon.
Then the princess has to find the knight within her to slay her own dragons.
This collection of essays, short vignettes and poetry evoke an emotional roadmap for the warrior Rachel Thompson had to become. It's an intensely personal journey, at times both vulnerable and triumphant.
It is not an easy path for her to follow. It is not an easy path to WATCH her follow. As a man, it conjures up shame for the crimes one gender commits against the other. I imagine for a woman it is a gut-wrenching vindication for the hazards women endure every day simply for being a woman. At times safe, protected in the hollow of the space between them and their lover. Protected at other times by the hollows they create within themselves.
But their bodies, their minds, and their hearts always in danger of betrayal.
This book is an important work. Of art, of warning, of succor.
If I had a daughter, I would insist she read it.

The cover is beautifully conceived and executed by Natasha Brown. The artwork does as much to describe the spirit of the book as any I've seen.

I recommend this book, but for a man who cares about women, I recommend walking away from it from time to time before coming back to it. And remind yourself that even though some men have done these horrible things, not ALL men do these things. And NO MEN should ever do these things. Raise your sons to know this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it from cover to cover
This book seeps inside you as you turn the pages to uncover the author's tender autobiographical stories. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Jacques Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book that reads more like a beautiful poem
I love this book and the first thing that struck me is how brave Rachel is to have written this all down. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by sexyscribe
3.0 out of 5 stars Brave
I bow to the strength and bravery it must have taken to write and publish this book. Though the pieces in this collection are disjointed, it does not take away from the flow of... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jessica Bell
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I found this book very overrated and not especially well written. The cover design is also rather disturbing indicating a faceless broken victim. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Patricia Cliff
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the norm
Starting out I was apprehensive about this read. Truly glad I didnt throw it aside. No one gets an instruction manual for life or how to live it. Read more
Published 29 days ago by whiskeygirl75
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy but well worth it
Some books you read and it stays with you long afterward because it is so well written. Sometimes it sticks because the story is so moving. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read!
No matter who you are, your age, sexual preference, dating, married, divorced or all of the above, this collection of short stories, based on Thompson's own life , are so raw,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Beth Hodges
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK
I wasn't crazy about this book. It was written by a "youngish woman", perhaps 30's/40's and I am a senior citizen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by judykm
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Pieces
This book reminded me of my childhood and was written beautifully. I plan to use it as a book club pick
Published 1 month ago by Pamela K Robbins
4.0 out of 5 stars From Snarky to Somber
As with many comedians and comedic writers, there exists another, much darker side. In this highly poetic 100 page book, the author reveals repeatedly how she dealt with death,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carrol Wolverton
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More About the Author

Site: http://RachelintheOC.com
Twitter: @RachelintheOC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RachelThompsonauthor
Email: RachelintheOC@gmail.com

Rachel Thompson (aka RachelintheOC) is a bestselling author and social media/author marketing consultant.

Her three books, A Walk In The Snark, The Mancode: Exposed and Broken Pieces are all #1 Kindle bestsellers! Midwest Book Review and two Amazon Top 10 Hall of Fame reviewers all gave Broken Pieces five stars!

When not writing, she helps authors and other professionals with branding and social media for her company, BadRedhead Media. Her articles appear regularly in the San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says...), 12Most.com, bitrebels.com, and BookPromotion.com.

She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut.

Buy Now : A Walk in the Snark * Mancode: Exposed * Broken Pieces


***On December 20, 2012, she released Broken Pieces, her first non-humor collection of essays, prose and poetry to terrific reviews! Pick up a copy today! ***

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