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

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"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
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amy Wolf is a Kindle Scout winner for her novel THE MISSES BRONTES ESTABLISHMENT, which launched on August 11, 2015.

She 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 and has an honors English degree from The University of London.

She started her career working for the major Hollywood studios, especially 20th Century Fox.

One of three natives out of 10 million, Amy was forced from L.A. and now lives in Seattle (where it rains). She has one adult daughter currently terrorizing L.A., 2 horses, 2 dogs, and a bunny.

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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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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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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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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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