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Don't Let Me Die In A Motel 6 or One Woman's Struggle Through The Great Recession [Kindle Edition]

Amy Wolf
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Book Description

'Cause they're scared:  "This could happen to ME!"

SHOPAHOLIC meets Woody Allen as one middle-class, smartass gal is ejected from her cushy life after the crash of Washington Mutual Bank.

Gone are the horses and weekend getaways, and in their place come rescue kitties and quick escapes from the Repo Man.

Our heroine's travails echo the story of Job, but with much more kvetching: she is forced to declare bankruptcy, gives up all her credit cards (gasp!), and watches her house spin away with the Tidy Bowl man as it slides underwater. Instead of sushi at Katsuya, she dines on Kraft macaroni; in place of a 5,000 square foot house is a small studio apartment that she shares with two dogs, a bunny, and an adopted 14-year-old daughter.

The woman's name is Amy, and this is her (my) story.

The plot is so heightened it reads like pulp, but all of it is true: Near-Suicide! Death! Violence! Cancer! Sex trafficking of minors! Sex with multiple partners!!  Real life is a bitch, but yes, it can be funny. And Amy -- frequent performer at The Comedy Store in Hollywood & refugee from Hollywood's studios -- knows how to spin a surreal, comic tale!

Enter her world. . .if you dare. .

Editorial Reviews


"Don't Let Me Die in a Motel 6 is an extraordinary memoir, bravely honest, a perfect balance of fall-on-the-floor funny and heartbreak.

My friend Amy Wolf has written a tour-de-force." - Vonda N. McIntyre, 2 time Nebula and Hugo Winner, Dreamsnake, The Moon And The Sun

From the Author

Kindlers! (mein kind!)  If you enjoy the sharp urban humor of Woody Allen, Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, Fran Lebowitz or even the more countrified Jennifer Lawson, please give my book a test drive!

It chronicles the worst period of my life, including:  The Fall of Washington Mutual, bankruptcy, foreclosure, repo, a crazy teenage daughter, a crazier husband, and. . .(wait for it!) breast cancer!

Yet it is all in a light-hearted style culled from my years as a stand-up comic.

Want a ton of laughs & a good, quick read?  Then this book is for you! 
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Especially recommended for breast cancer survivors, the "economically challenged" and hell, just about anybody!



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  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,235 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good pacing but her story frustrated me February 4, 2013
By H. Case
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I am very sympathetic to stories of hard times. Having gone through my own hard times, some of which were the result of poor decision-making on my part, I sometimes enjoy reading about others going through the same thing because it makes me feel less alone. While the pacing of this story moved quickly, I definitely would not say that it was in any way hilarious and it seemed mostly about complaining about her husband and daughter. Eventually, I got so frustrated with the "poor me" aspect of the story that I had to stop reading, when I was about halfway finished with the book. It was only when I realized that she was paying for two households that I lost a lot of sympathy for her. If she hadn't been wholly supporting her husband Nigel's existence in another city in addition to supporting herself, then maybe she would've had an easier time. I also didn't understand why she would support her daughter's boyfriend, especially when he was 19 years old and the daughter was only 14. It seems that if you can't support yourself, you don't take in extra people or support two households. In the last part I read before giving up on the book, her sister wanted her to take responsibility for herself. When I got to that part, I realized that the sister was right. It's hard to change when your circumstances suck and we don't always make the smartest choices, I get that. This story was really frustrating to read and I didn't feel sorry for any of the characters, which was made worse because they were actual people rather than fictional. I don't know if I'll go back and finish reading it at some point or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There but for the grace... December 30, 2012
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A story of struggle to be sure but Amy Wolf somehow retains a sense of humor and entertains when her life resembles someone jumping from ice flow to ice flow in an attempt to reach shore before ending up in an Arctic ocean. She was living the good life in Seattle with a good job and a husband who while intermittently employed must have had some good qualities. She supported him for years. The sticking point was that he insisted on adopting a child very damaged by the social services and foster care system. It turned out to be the battle of the personality disorders. While on a trip for her sanity and a job, she returns to the familiar ground of Southern California. Naturally after falling out of insurance coverage, (and this is where the husband shows his qualities because he insisted she have a mammogram)she is diagnosed with breast cancer and negotiates the chemotherapy and radiation adventures while trying to keep her daughter supported and out of harm's way. There are many moments of human comedy,similar to my experiences with a sister fighting cancer. Amy survives, in spite of or because of her tenacity to be independent. In her survival, she then realizes that the help of friends and relatives is a priceless gift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Depressing and Darkly Humorous February 20, 2013
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This is a depressing, yet, darkly humorous, story of what happened to the author beginning in 2008 when she worked at WaMu. It was probably a good place for Ms. Wolf to work, as she seemed to practice a lot of the same hand-over-my-eyes, I-will-deal-with-it-later types of methodologies as her doomed company. It was funny, and well-written and error-free, but as far as content goes, I couldn't help think at least some of this stuff must be exaggerated. At least I would hope so. She has an adopted daughter with mental problems, who she reluctantly takes into her home because her equally dysfunctional husband, whom she married three days after meeting in person (I guess their online relationship must have been such that three days is all she needed), wants it. She has homes and horses and credit card debts up the WaMu (pun intended, if it is a pun.) She loses everything, then gets breast cancer.

It is a really frank and funny read, but I couldn't identify with any of the choices Ms. Wolf made. I guess that isn't the point. I do think she is a great writer, and her humor is extremely sophisticated, so I'm four-starring it for that.

But really. I just couldn't identify with most of it, except the cancer, of course. That can happen to anyone. I should know. And a job loss can happen to anyone. But to be so ill-prepared and then expect an affluent sibling to bail you out? Really? And to keep on making poor financial choices, like keeping horses when you can't afford to? The author makes a case for that, that she needed to keep them for her sanity. But I don't understand that way of thinking, which is why I didn't appreciate the book as much as I'd hoped to.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark humor and soul-baring honesty... January 5, 2013
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In today's economic environment, all it takes is one unexpected job loss to completely destroy your concept of "normal". Amy Wolf had that happen when Washington Mutual (WAMU) went belly-up, and she tells her story in the book Don't Let Me Die In A Motel 6 or One Woman's Struggle Through The Great Recession. Wolf writes with a dark and morbid sense of humor, being open with her struggles and successes (many more of the former than the latter). I have to hand it to her, though... I think all these things would have crushed me.

Her story starts in 2008 as an employee of WAMU. She had a nice job, a large home, a vacation home, horses, and a ton of debt... basically, the American Dream. But when WAMU collapsed in 2008, she found herself out on the streets looking for work. Of course, everyone else in Seattle was doing the same thing, and she was having issues finding a new job. Severance runs out, homes go into foreclosure, her husband loses his job (he's got a slew of problems himself), and her adopted daughter is a physical danger to them both due to mental issues. To escape all this (she hates the weather in the Northwest), she heads back home to California to be closer to family. That's not much better, however...

Overall, it takes her four years before she gets a full-time regular job again. While in California, she has to deal with stage 2 breast cancer and insurance issues, all with varying levels of support from her sister and husband. Her daughter becomes uncontrollable, and ends up being turned back over to state custody. She basically loses everything that she considered normal in her life up to 2008.

It's far too easy to read Don't Let Me Die and blame Wolf for much of what happened.
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Amy Wolf is hilarious and brutally honest.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This woman has my complete sympathy. (Not the author; her sister!)
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2.0 out of 5 stars I actually finished it
I didn't find the book as funny as was reported. What I asume is meant to be funny just reads as angry to me. Read more
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Amy Wolf was part of the 1% who, through her own recklessness, arrogance and negligence, winds up barely maintaining a place in the 99%. She is the first to admit that. Read more
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Published 16 months ago by Pamela
5.0 out of 5 stars My life...except funnier!
The parallels here were amazing. Losing it all in the recession, through no fault of your own, and turning it into an all-out laugh-fest? Read more
Published 19 months ago by Happy Reader 411
2.0 out of 5 stars Self-Absorbed
This is the first book in 40 years that I believed for me was unreadable.
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Published 19 months ago by gimeabrak
2.0 out of 5 stars I could not finish this book
I could not make it past the halfway point in this book and I'd like to explain why. The author had a professional job in banking and lost her job in the recession of 2008. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Crystal Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars No Holds Barred & Awesome!
Amy Wolf has written one heck of a memoir of her journey into hell and subsequent return. As a former IT professional, now a writer, I found her story of being cast adrift after... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Michael C. Cordell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Couldn't put it down.
Ms. Wolf has written a soul bearing account of her recent life that is sometimes funny, sad and brutally honest!
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More About the Author

Amy Wolf has published 38 short stories in the fantasy/sf press, including REALMS OF FANTASY (2) and INTERZONE (U.K.). She is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer's program ('92) and has an honors English degree from The University of London.

She worked in the Hollywood film industry at 20th Century Fox, Warners, New Line, etc. and developed two scripts for Marlee Matlin & Jennifer Beals. She also worked as a script reader for Joe Roth, MGM, and Orion.

One of three natives out of 10 million, Amy makes her home in Los Angeles with a dog, a bunny, 2 horses, and a puppy left by her 18-year-old daughter.

She performs stand-up at The Comedy Store in Hollywood and has been heard to ask repeatedly: "Is there life before death?"

She is still waiting for an answer.

***Amy has entered a YA comic fantasy in the KINDLE SCOUT CONTEST. Please go to to vote for her entry & a chance to win a free copy! Thanks***

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