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Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness Paperback – Deckle Edge, August 30, 2011
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In burnished, exquisite prose, Browning describes her feelings of being set adrift until she gradually transforms her helter-skelter days into a deliberate, contemplative way of life. There s a lovely thinking out loud quality to Slow Love that makes the reader privy to Browning s soul.--Judy Bolton-Fasman
Not only an elegant and meditative writer but a pungently witty one ... Triumphantly, [Browning] makes the case for slow love achieved, a process she describes as the flip side of nostalgia: the state of 'knowing what you ve got before it s gone.'--Miranda Seymour
There cannot be a person on earth who does not sometimes wonder what the purpose of their life is. Dominique Browning was lucky enough to get fired, so she had time to find out who she was or might be. And we are lucky that she was able to write (often with great humor) about her loss, her loves, her pajamas and ultimately, her return to life.--Maira Kalman, author and illustrator of The Principles of Uncertainty
Starred Review. There is such feeling and care on each page of Browning's well-honed memoir--her rediscovery of nature, her avowal to let love find her rather than seek it, tapping satisfying work at her own keyboard--that the reader is swept along in a pleasant mood of transcendence.
More About the Author
She has worked with and written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, O, the Oprah magazine, Departures, Food &Wine, Travel & Leisure, Body + Soul, Wired and On Topic, among others. She writes a monthly column about environmental issues for the Environmental Defense Fund website.
Until November 2007, Browning was the editor-in-chief of House & Garden, a magazine of 950,000 readers. Browning began her career in 1977 working at Savvy and American Photographer magazines. She also worked at Esquire, Texas Monthly, Newsweek, and Mirabella magazine before joining Conde Nast.
Browning is the author of three books: Around the House and In the Garden: a Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing, and Home Improvement; Paths of Desire: the Passion of a Suburban Gardener; and Slow Love: How I Lost my Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness. She has also authored several books under the House & Garden brand.
Browning is a classically trained pianist, and also performed with Wesleyan's Javanese Gamelan orchestra. She is the mother of two sons and lives in New York and Rhode Island.
Top Customer Reviews
Except for recently unemployed New York media executives, who can really relate to her position? While I understand that job loss is stressful for anyone, it is less stressful when one has no worries about how to feed and clothe and house herself. Browning has an epiphany about baking muffins ( striking a faux naif tone -after 15 years of being single how can she have never cooked or shopped for herself?) which leads to a 15 pound weight gain ( the fancy wardrobe doesn't fit anymore), for which she consults with a wonderful doctor ( whom she seemingly has no difficulty paying- I guess she's not worried about the cost of health care) And she decides to sell one of her two houses- not so hard when you have another. The one portion of the book in which Browning seems truly distressed is in discussing her muffin- related weight gain- for this woman being a size 10 seems to be worse than losing a job or ending a relationship.
But aside from being unable to relate to her privileged position, one reason I cannot see why I'd want to take advice from or lend much weight to this woman's insights is that though she insists several times that she is lost without work, she seems to give up very easily on the idea of finding another job, and her biggest concern seems to be how to pleasurably fill her time and structure her days.Read more ›
I was expecting the same when I picked this up at the bookstore. I am halfway through this book and I am about to stop any moment now.
She is full of it! Let's face it, when you have the money, unemployment isn't so terrible. Self improvement she keeps bragging about in this book, should only be natural when you have lots of free time and money. Oh, by the way.. Her "self improvment" is all about baking cookies and gardening.
The subtle tone of her arrogance, uptight etiquettes, labeling and such in addition to her delusion of how she has solved the mysteries of finding absolute happiness just DISGUSTING to me.
She is stupid enough to waste 10 years of her life for a man who she clearly knows is unreliable and attached to someone else. Her kids are my age and yet her biggest success in her kitchen are the muffins she just learned how to bake. She is not well capable of dressing herself professionally. She finds herself eccentric and finds pride in it while she has a very mainstream personality. Selling her house full of memories is painful and I was very sympathetic until I found that she moved into a house that costs a few millions.
Give me her money, house and pajamas (Brooks brothers of course, excuse me!)and I will write a book too... About Dominique Browning's delusional personality.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Slow Love was a good read especially for women in the middle of their life and experiencing relationship and employment issues. Would be nice to have a follow-up. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hope
I really vacillate on my opinion of this book. I read the five star reviews and the one star reviews and I veer more towards the latter. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Dominique Browning falls into a common trap that befalls middle-aged memoirs by upper class and wealthy people, both men and women. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Maeri
Dominique Browning Does It Again
Love this writer for her depth, skills and sensitivity. Always a good read, I am glad Browning is writing now without all the... Read more