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Mindy's Musings [Kindle Edition]

Mindy Levy
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Everyone has a story. It’s true. Some are sad stories of hardship and tragedy , while others are full of laughter and joy. I’ve been transfixed by tales of travel to the farthest reaches of the globe, or daring adventures of skydiving, bunji jumps and scuba diving (nothing, by the way I would EVER try- these people are nuts. Who jumps out of a perfectly good airplane?)

Mammoth acts kindness and courage renew my faith in mankind, and I've been bored senseless by a neighbor who has chosen me as the sounding board for their inane anecdotes.

So you see- good, bad or boring- everyone has a story.

Mindy’s musings is a collection of my real life experiences stemming from every day encounters with family, friends and colleagues. These seemingly mundane events are anything but boring!

You’ll meet Mom, a leading competitor and favorite to take the gold in the Jewish Mother Olympics. Her best friends, Food and Worry, make frequent appearances, as do a host of characters who will make you scratch your head, laugh or really feel good about your own situation.

As you thumb through the pages of my “escapades through the extraordinarily ordinary”, you’ll learn how I to use humor to combat fear, anxiety and a myriad of other challenges. Lessons of how to handle Mom’s false arrest at TJ MAXX and coping with party disasters will be bestowed upon you. Finally, this digest of the daily dilemmas that result from both voluntary and involuntary human interaction is chalk full of priceless nuggets that are sure to remind you of someone you know- maybe even yourself!

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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers Favorite

Mindy Levy offers readers a candid look at her family. She readily admits that there are two important F words in her life, Food and Family. Mindy's family is Jewish. Even though I had read about some of the Jewish holidays and traditions, reading this book quickly showed me how much I did not know. Every event seems to surround food. Mommom is Mindy's grandmother; when she was extremely hungry she would say, "I'm not very hungry" and then she would eat everything in sight. Mindy's mother collects a keepsake from the table when they eat out: it could be a butter knife, salt and pepper shakers or the small coffee creamer. Laughter seems to be the bond that cemented her family together. It is amazing how laughter can make a difference in a family. When Sarah accidentally threw her two diamond rings down the garbage chute she hysterically called Mindy for help. After Mindy found the rings Sarah laughed hysterically, admitting that she would not have done the same for Mindy. Life as a step-mother is even funnier.

This book will have readers laughing out loud. I have only shared a few of the antics Mindy writes about. Life often takes us by surprise; we can become upset or we can laugh. I prefer Mindy's method for handling life in general. Mindy and her whole family laugh and they have plenty to laugh about. "Mindy's Musings" is an enchanting read. There are only 63 pages in this book but each page is filled with real life happenings that will keep the reader smiling if not laughing. Author Mindy Levy has a lovely manner of storytelling.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me LOL! August 31, 2012
Format:Paperback
I'm not a big reader but read 'Mindy's Musings' at the suggestion of a friend. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories told and it made me realize my crazy family isn't so crazy after all. My wife (who knows I'm not a reader) said she hadn't heard me cackle like that in quite some time. Now she's reading `Mindy's Musings'. If you're looking for a humorous escape from the daily grind, pick up `Mindy's Musings'. You won't regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical!!!!!! August 31, 2012
Format:Paperback
I took this book on a 3 hour flight- laughed so hard and so often the guy next to me said " I've gotta know what you are reading?". Mindys Musings is so spot on ( I grew up in the same area, during the same time)- Familiar, funny, and a lightening fast read! You will be sad when the book ends, leaving you wanting more musings and Mindy's own sitcom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Funny Side of Life - Honoring ALL of Who We Are August 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book! It's so clear and funny, poignant and brilliant. I can see Mindy as a standup comedian...What a gift for telling about the mundane in such a witty and honest way that really does your heart good. (Self disclosure - I'm part Jewish and wanted to see how she handled the nuances of that culture - which she did brilliantly.) I only wish the book was longer!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Amused April 19, 2013
Format:Paperback
This review is a tough one to write. I was entertained. The author has talent. But due to the style of this short book, I am left disheartened. 2 1/2 stars.

The stories that Mindy shared were very charming. Getting a glimpse into the uniqueness of one's family and upbringing is a treat (mostly when written with honesty and humor). I enjoyed her voice and her knack for presenting them. She embraces her quirks and her family's as well.

It appears the book was first a blog. Although this may have been the starting point, the text should have been reworked and edited into a book format (i.e., "I'm compiling some of the best for a future blog post. I hope you'll come and read more soon" or "reference to the earlier Mom vs...post"). There were misspellings, fragments and inconsistencies of how she handled phrase or words. The use of all caps and multiple question marks were overused taking away from the storytelling. Nothing an editor couldn't fix.

Because the book is filled with snippets, the character development for the supporting roles is lacking. For instance, she jumps in talking about Kevin and I am left wondering "What did I miss? Who is Kevin?" The same goes for Mr. Hyman at Dunkin Donuts. Kevin (you find out later) is her husband, I still don't know who Mr. Hyman is.

The book is too short. At its current length, it has the basis for something good, but has too many holes. This may work for a blog, but not for a book. Maybe the excerpt idea is her trademark, but I think she has an outline for a wonderful 250-400 page book. I would love to read a novel by the author if an editor was also involved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Not able to put this book down I now have a stiff neck from sitting in one position for too long. So many aspects of Mindy's life were a reflection of my own which is remarkable considering the fact that we have lived in completely different places and come from different backgrounds. Her comedic style appealed immediately and I could 'hear' Mindy's voice telling the story. The portrait she has drawn of her father is so well-rounded I laughed, loved and eventually cried. A Seinfeld fan from way back I laughed my self silly at her droll Jewish humour and the scene where she is attempting to buy coffee for her mother is hilarious.A little jewel of a read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seinfeld-esque September 23, 2012
By Teas
Format:Paperback
Like Seinfeld, this is a funny book about nothing. The author has a number of observations/stories that all of us can relate to. And while we may not have thought they were that funny when they happened to us, we now see just how funny and ridiculous they are when told by someone else. The book is a quick easy read and is perfect for a few nights quiet reading (as long as no one looks at you sideways for laughing out loud). Well done Mindy, looking forward to the next "episode".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and entertaining. August 15, 2012
Format:Paperback
I found Mindy's Musings delightful, entertaining, and funny. I could totally relate to the stories and laughed out loud in places. The references to Jews and food were spot on. I think the best humor is from stories we can relate to in our own lives. This book did just that. Can't wait for volume II.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful August 11, 2012
Format:Paperback
This book was a quick read and very entertaining. Mindy has a quick sense of humor and you see it in all her daily dealings. Love the Jewish Mother can totally relate have one just like her. A must read for any Jewish Mushugana Girl.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Life - Really Funny!
Sometimes life really is funnier than fiction! This is an easy read that reminds us all how to not take life so seriously.
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Sturges
4.0 out of 5 stars Mindy's Musings
If you're looking for a book to make you smile and think of your own family's foibles, read this book! Read more
Published 18 months ago by karen dmohowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Mindy!!!!!!
This book is a short read and has plenty of humor; with all the makings of a true journey. Surely, the reader will find it educational and enlightening all in the same read. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Nina Norstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars Your life will be richer with "Mindy's Musings"!
If you could combine Bailey White and Woody Allen, you would come up with Mindy Levy. Her first book, "Mindy's Musings" is filled with the experiences of life as we all have lived... Read more
Published 21 months ago by N. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and funny book!!
I havent finished yet, but gotta say it is an awesome book!
You are going to laugh and think...and laugh again.... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Beatriz G. Perdomo
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Quick Read. Confirms that all families really are crazy.
I enjoyed reading Mindy's Musings. It was a nice weekend read, with many humorous stories which remind me of my own family. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny!!!
Mindy's Musings is a wonderful read that will have you smiling and laughing your way through it. Mindy's stories will resonate with anyone who has a family filled with funny... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sharon Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughing at Midnight
I read this book over three nights before turning out the lights...and laughed my way through the pages. Read more
Published on September 13, 2012 by Dr Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars I now want to be Jewish!
Mindy's Musings is a funny, funny book. Makes me wish I had grown up Jewish, but only in Mindy's family. Short, sweet, and tears rolling down my cheeks funny.
Published on September 7, 2012 by Laina Orlando
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More About the Author

Mindy Levy is an independent author living in the Southeastern United States. A native Bostonian, she relocated after a year stint in Europe following college to be close to family.

By day, Mindy pretends to be a technology executive for an enterprise software vendor when she would rather be writing. She spends her free time consuming large amounts of coffee, traveling and doing a bit of volunteer work. She is an exercise enthusiast, loves both indoor and outdoor activities, and devotes an unhealthy amount of time spoiling Zoey and Samson, featured below. She lives with her husband, Kevin, and two step daughters, Anna and Melissa.

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