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Starred Review. Browning's 13-year-job as editor-in-chief of House & Garden fulfillingly defined her days and her identity; when the magazine folded two years ago, she was shaken to the core of her being. Having maintained her Westchester house, family of two grown sons, extensive garden, and frequent dining out, her life and general sense of self was radically shaken over the next year, and in this enchanting, funny, deeply gracious memoir, Browning, many years divorced, recounts how she found enlightenment at the other end. Writing was one way to absorb the panic; she went on a muffin-baking binge and gained 15 pounds; lost track of days, remaining comfortingly in her pjs and yearning perilously to reconnect to a former lover she calls Stroller, who was deemed wrong for her by everyone she knew. A few small decisions had enormous impact, such as when insomnia compelled her to tackle Bach's Goldberg Variations on the piano, and poignantly she refocused on her artistic nature. 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. (May)
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If you read one book, make it Slow Love advice we could all use, regardless of whether we re gainfully employed!

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452297508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452297500
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dominique Browning is a writer, editor and consultant in the newspaper and magazine fields. She blogs at SlowLoveLife.com.

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.

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Dominique Browning's thoughtful, sensitive writing invites us to share in deeply personal, often unshared feelings of our own. Her ability to write about her own vulnerabilities and her insight into overcoming these is moving, honest and inspiring. She leaves us feeling a voice has been put to feelings we have not quite been able to articulate, even to ourselves. Her spirit is triumphant and glorious in a meaningful way and reminds us of how we should really live this life. Life is here to be savored, not spent on false pretenses created by us and the corporations we serve. Life can be beautiful, even in its sorrow, if you take the time to allow it in. Brava for this wonderful, wonderful book!
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Not many people who lose their jobs are able to enjoy the comfortable unemployment that Browning does.( Several houses, freelance and consulting jobs, trips to the opera, , etc.) She does have a brief period of staying home in her pajamas ( see the subtitle) -but only Lanz and Brooks Brothers, anything else would be unfashionable.

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.
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I often read memoires, hoping that I could relate to the auhor in one way or another so that the book can give me some inspiration resulted by my admiration for the story.
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.
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Dominique Browning spins a really good tale. I went along with her story, watching as our heroine downsized to a modest little house on the water in Rhode Island. Wow, she really broke away from all that House Beautiful stuff. Or did she? The author lives in a $2 million+ house near Newport, Rhode Island! That revelation sort of destroyed the author's credibility for me. Kind of like seeing the guy behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz.
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I'm amazed at the hype about this book. The author's story is not very interesting nor does she tell it especially eloquently. She never addresses core questions like what in her emotional make-up led to her staying for so long with a married man, nor anything at all meaningful about herself. Superficial from start to finish in my opinion.
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I've clung to Dominique Browning's previous books as a port in a storm and this one continues the tale. If you enjoyed Paths of Desire or Around the house and in the Garden you will likely enjoy this. I have different reactions to life than Ms Browning but she describes her inner life in such beautiful detail that I can follow her choices (although I would have kicked Stroller to the curb ages earlier!) and enjoy. I also felt a bit of pain at her parting with the home and gardens I had so enjoyed hearing about in the first two books, but look forward to learning more about her new life...I still cling to a set of editors letters she wrote for House and Garden, while the magazine was truly beautiful, over time I valued her editors letters most of all...and these books are a continuation of that same voice and hard won wisdom I found in them.
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