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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Pigeon Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983261008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983261001
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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POOR WIDOW ME (reviewed on October 15, 2011) After the death of her husband, a woman finds humor in everyday situations. Comedy writer Scibelli was 55 when her husband Jimmy, 56, died of Burkitt's lymphoma after being sick for just about a month. High school sweethearts, the two had been happily married for 33 years, lovingly doting on precious granddaughter Skylar. In Jimmy's absence, the author managed to find the levity in life when circumstances were grim. Among the topics covered are financial matters such as her husband's business partnership, her therapist Mean Jean and the posse of men who handle tasks formerly relegated to Jimmy. Well-meaning friends and relatives surround her, including a couple who name their baby after Jimmy by calling her Liat Zoe (reasoning that Zoe means life and Jimmy loved life-an argument the author is quick to poke holes in; Scibelli writes, I imagine him responding, 'I loved ice cream, too. Maybe some people should name their kid Rocky Road.' ). Eventually Scibelli enters the dating scene, surprisingly enjoying herself. Despite the book's theme, the tone stays lighthearted as it follows the arc from death, to funeral, to burial, to eulogy and into that defining moment when the curtain falls and one is truly alone, sans mate. Although the book is brief, the author strikes a recognizable chord in the post-marriage life of a 50something. The brevity of the text, and Scibelli's line of work, suggest that a live performance may best bring the material to life-after all, in comedy, timing is everything. Families have their particular nuances, and those of the Scibelli clan are hinted at here. Unlike Joan Didion's exploration of the loss of her husband, The Year of Magical Thinking (2005), there s not much depth, which is no doubt intentional, but there is an arc of experience and a final wrenching moment in which the author comes to terms with widowhood, not for a few days or months or even for the length of a book, but through the years. Widows will find comfort, inspiration and laughter here. It s a humorous, touching read and, in the words of the late Jimmy Scibelli, Abbondanza! An amusing, heartfelt look at life after loss. --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Carol Scibelli is a comedy writer and popular speaker at widow conferences, has had humorous essays published in The New York Times, Newsday,The Hartford Courant and dozens of weekly publications, and her one-act plays have been performed around Manhattan. A proud member of the Friars Club since 1998, she has a grown daughter and son, and a perfect granddaughter, and lives in Merrick, New York, with her Morkie, Tony Baloney. They rescued each other.

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Love you Carole!
Amanda Myers
This is a sweet book that will have even the saddest widows smiling through their tears.
Carol Pack
Through this, she also offers her insights and wisdom gained along the way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on October 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
Normally I don't bother reading all of the forewards and such in the beginning of a book, but I stopped to read the page labeled "Dear Reader" in this one. It starts out like this:

"My life stopped on April 13, 2006. At 6:19 that evening Jimmy, my high school sweetheart and husband of 33 years, died of Burkitt's Lymphoma. He was sick for barely a month, and had just turned 56."

At this point, tears were streaming down my face (and even now, writing this review, I'm misting up). I've been fortunate in the fact that I haven't lost anyone close to me in a very long time. In fact, the only person I've been close to that died was my grandpa, but I was very young when that happened so I don't really remember much about it or how I was feeling. I often wonder how I would ever be able to cope with losing someone I love so dearly; reading Carol's story really touched me in a lot of ways and allowed me to see how she was able to overcome such a tragedy.

I really liked how the book was divided up into little snippets, each with its own title. Some were sad, others funny, and some were a combination of the two. I enjoyed the bits of humor in the story, as it really lightened the mood (and helped me dry my eyes, for awhile anyway). My two absolute favorite sections were entitled "One More Time" and "Free To Marry". The entire book was extremely engaging, but those two passages held a lot of humor and actually made me laugh out loud.

It was so interesting and heartwarming to see Carol grow through the pages of this book. She went from being such a broken person, having lost her other half and not knowing how to live life without him, to finally finding her own identity and allowing herself to move on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Z on September 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
It's hard to believe that such a little book could pack such a big wallop, but Carol Scibelli has pulled it off in "Poor Widow Me." By turns sad, touching and hilarious, this is a book for widows, of course, but it's also for widowers, divorcees and even happily married couples who should read this to realize just how lucky they are. Scibelli lost her beloved husband, Jimmy, after a sudden illness at the young age of 56. He was her high-school sweetheart. They had been married for 33 years. In vignettes, Scibelli doesn't just sketch Jimmy; their children, Doug and Jacki; their granddaughter, Skylar; her friends; or herself. She paints full portraits of real-life characters who come alive even, in Jimmy's case, in death. Scibelli is a humorist of the first rank, but she's also a true writer. Seldom, in so few words, has a book given so much. "Poor Widow Me" isn't poor at all; it's rich in humor, pathos and, in the end, optimism. Nobody laughs through tears better than Carol Scibelli. -- Jerry Zezima, nationally syndicated humor columnist for The Stamford Advocate and author of "Leave It to Boomer"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Slepian MSW on September 17, 2011
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Widowhood is a common life crisis, it is one that changes your life forever. As a recent widow, I found it easy to connect to Carol's realness and humor.She explores and shares with us some of the tender moments of her own widowhood experience with sensitivity and authenticity. The book is a wonderful combination of her writing talents. Its a book I would share with members of my bereavement group. On the back cover of Carol's book, Penny Marshall writes that she could see "Poor Widow Me' as a film or TV series". I agree.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karolee on October 14, 2011
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There IS no age limit for this book! It doesnt matter if you are 30 or 90, not only will this wonderful book perk up your spirits but it will show you that you are NOT the only woman going through this frightening time. It will definitely bring some joy into your life which is something I sorely needed. It points out the rediculous things that "kind hearted" people say to "make you feel better" & you WILL be able to see the humor in things you never realized you could before..

Ms Scibelli knows EXACTLY where we are & where we have been as well as where we are going. If you thought you were at the end of your road, she will show you that you DEFINITELY ARE NOT & will hold your hand as she walks you through this new & frightening path. I PROMISE you that by the time you are done reading this joyfilled little book your heart WILL be filled with hope again. And best of all, you will find yourself smiling & chuckling and SO GLAD that you have chosen this book!

I recommend it to all widows! ENJOY!

Karolee
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol Pack on August 31, 2011
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Though dealing with death is never easy, Carol Scibelli reveals how the process of grieving can have a lighter side. Poor Widow Me is a loving collection of humorous but poignant remembrances that progress from the untimely death of Scibelli's husband Jimmy at age 56, to the author's own 60th birthday. Scibelli takes us through milestone events - from experiencing her first major holiday without her husband, to getting back into the dating pool - and she softens the heartbreak with humor: like buying the mausoleum next to her husband, so they'll eventually be able to sleep together again. This is a sweet book that will have even the saddest widows smiling through their tears.
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