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Living with Gusto [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Day
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Book Description


2014 National Indie Excellence Book Award Finalist

Let's begin at the end. The final words from Ophelia, the narrator:

"I sometimes wonder if I did it on purpose, if I consciously broke everything in my life that was working. And if so, if I had known how it would feel to have my husband unable to look at me, if I had realized my daughter and I would go months without speaking, and if I had understood the extent of the destruction I would bring to the life we had built, would I have still done it? Would I have still made that single decision that became the turning point in our lives?

"I still wonder. Had I not created that catalyst that landed me in the grip of despair, would I have been able to hear Gusto telling me, “The suffering needs to end”? Or would the suffering have remained as silent as his voice had become?

"For now, I’ll do as Gusto once asked me to do when the answers were mine to create. I’ll let the questions roll on the backs of waves until the ocean of time turns them into something I want to reach out to and pull to me, until clarity surfaces and I want nothing less than to embrace it like the sweetness of a mango.

"For now, I have the one answer that matters. I know who I am. I am Ophelia."

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About the Author

Elizabeth Day is an award-winning book editor. As passionate about writing as she is about editing, Elizabeth regularly composes new postcards for her inspirational website, She lives with her husband and two children in Todos Santos, Mexico, near the southern tip of Baja.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3047 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Root Press (September 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,472 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Not for the faint of HEART October 12, 2013
By s_m_b
This novel should come with a warning. If you're looking for a good read, Living With Gusto is that. However, if you're looking for complete escapism--if complacency is your modus operandi and you don't want a story that will rock your proverbial boat--this book is not for you. An adroitly written story that carries the reader like a swiftly moving tide, Living With Gusto is, albeit surreptitiously, a challenge to the reader unlike any novel I've read. I couldn't help but echo the questions that Ophelia posed to Gusto. She brought to life the very questions I've so often asked myself and even those I've never been able to put into words. And I couldn't help but stop, contemplate and digest, not always easily, Gusto's answers. This book is one of those very rare books that I'll go back to time and time again. The messages, delivered in beautiful prose amidst real life experiences, transcend pure fiction and lift both the novel and the reader. It is what great literature should accomplish--leave the reader better off for having partaken of the story.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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I read about a new book, Living with Gusto, in an online newspaper. I ordered it for my Kindle the day before my good friend and I were leaving for Todos Santos (home of the author and soon to be my home). I was thoroughly bored with my life and had been contemplating a major life change. I felt that an inspirational story was exactly what I needed. I wanted to be certain my inner self resonated with what I was planning, and that I didn't make a hasty move (that I would regret) just because my life lacked excitement. I fell in love with the book. I talked it up so much that my friend downloaded it. She was widowed a couple years ago and had been plodding along in a fog. This book brought her roaring back to life. Both of us had misplaced our joy and sense of adventure and wanted to reclaim it. Gusto did that for us!

We went into the local bookstore in Todos Santos and bought the last two hard copies of the book they had. This isn't a Kindle book. To me, those are "for entertainment only" books I read and never feel bad because I can't pick them up again. Living with Gusto is a book I want to keep around for refresher courses. I've already read it twice and it's on my counter to remind me that I have GUSTO and everything is moving along happily and as it should in my move. I know that it's there to remind me to trust, to be gentle with myself and to believe in the power of fun and love. Whenever I get overwhelmed or scared about the future I pick it right up!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Nice If We Could All Live With Gusto! November 4, 2013
By Wendy
This is a MUST READ! There's so much one can relate to, whether man or woman. The questions Elizabeth Day poses through Ophelia are ones I have asked myself at different stages of my life. The simple common sense answers through Gusto's voice helped me to see everything that surrounds me in a new way...ways in which I may never have seen on my own. There are so many gems laced throughout Elizabeth Day's touching story of one woman's evolutionary journey from self doubt and self sabotage, through to discovering deeper self awareness, self love, and true inner happiness....the kinds of things wise parents and grandparents can share with their kids and grandchildren. The author's clever use of nature to ground us and to experience the joy of connection to everyday moments we ignore most of the time, is so effective and I know will stay with me. I'd love a workbook accompaniment to Living With Gusto to encourage me to stay on track...a clear path Living With Gusto provides to face the truth of who we really are without fear. I put this work right up there with Eckhart Tolle's The Power Of Now.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring story of courage to become all that we desire November 19, 2013
By sharon
I just finished this amazing journey of self discovery with Gusto and Ophelia and felt myself pulled into the story
as though it were my own. We all ride the wave of life's turbulent highs and lows and to have Gusto's positive
encouragement to find our way by opening our heart, and then finding our path to again taste the deliciousness of life
and soar to new heights greatly touched me on a soul level!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and Uplifiting October 9, 2013
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An awesome story that kept me hooked all the way through. Incredibly motivating and empowering. It's a great combination -- a fun read with a lot of depth.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By maureen
I took the journey with Gusto hook, line and sinker! I experienced the fun, the excitement, the sorrow and the surrender of Ophelia. Reading "Living with Gusto" opens up the opportunity to see life with infinite possibilities and choices. As Elizabeth Day writes..."it's time for the suffering to end." So grateful to Ms. Day for sharing her insights and talent as a writer, it makes "Living with Gusto" a "Great Read" and a heart opening experience.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Gusto November 1, 2013
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Gusto helped me to accept that things in my life are happening just the way they are supposed to be happening. I was brought to big tears when I realized I needed to stop the suffering by letting go and looking inside at my true self. I was reminded that I can make the most out of all situations not just the fun and expected ones. It just feels better to be Gusto. KC
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read March 11, 2014
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This is an empowering novel. It teaches you to enjoy simple things in life, to learn to accept and love oneself. Great work Elizabeth!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book! It came to my life during one of the most difficult 2 years I have ever had, losing a dad, bro in law and husband within 3 months of each other. Read more
Published 9 days ago by annie c christoni
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy inspirational fiction read!!
I will start by saying that I tend to read more historical fiction and romance, so this wasn't quite up my alley, but thought I'd stretch my limits. I am very glad that I did! Read more
Published 1 month ago by ad1523
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The story moved way too slow.
Published 1 month ago by Kathy Bearce
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It had a great message and interesting story, but could have used a good editor.
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Great story. I hated to see the book end. I've recommended to several friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glad it was free
Interesting book, full of self-help ideas and quotable quotes.
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What an awesome book that is so cleverly written. It was perfect timing for me to pick this book, take notes, and devour each page voraciously. Read more
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More About the Author

Elizabeth Day is an award-winning editor. After graduating from Boston College, she joined Teach For America and taught English for five years. During that time, she earned her master's at DePaul University, developed a writing program for high-risk students that became a Model Program for Chicago's alternative public schools, and while teaching in Los Angeles, she was named Teacher of the Year. She went on to co-found a boutique publishing house where she helped launch the careers of highly successful authors, including Kaya McLaren and Jordan Sonnenblick, and received publishing and editing awards from the Northwest Book Publishers Association. After six years in the publishing industry, she closed the doors of the publishing house to become an independent editor ( In the past fourteen years, she has edited thousands of books, and her clients have included Amanda Turner, Donald Trump, Robert Kiyosaki, Master P, and Lil' Romeo.

As passionate about writing as she is about editing, Elizabeth composes inspirational postcards nearly every weekday for her website, PostcardsFromGusto. Living with Gusto is her first novel.

She lives with her husband and two children in Todos Santos, Mexico, near the southern tip of Baja.

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