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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (April 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446564303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446564304
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Heartbreaking, raw, moving and uplifting at the same time." -The Hollywood Reporter

"A tender memoir that combines the deep sadness of loss with the joys of parenthood even under incredibly trying circumstances." -Kirkus Reviews

"In Matthew Logelin's honest and poignant story, we learn a great many lessons about the fragility of life, and about the strength we all can summon to move forward. With two kisses and an open heart, he shows how love can sustain us." -Jeffrey Zaslow, New York Times bestselling coauthor of THE LAST LECTURE

"TWO KISSES FOR MADDY is less a conscious piece of writing than a spontaneous eruption from the heart. It will make you cry but not only out of sadness. Some of your tears will be for the beauty of love and its miraculous power to heal even the deepest wounds." -John Grogan, New York Times bestselling author of MARLEY & ME

"No one wants to read a depressing book. But how can you possibly call depressing what is so filled with love and life and the unstoppable message of how lucky we are to have what we have. Read this book and put your life back in perspective." -Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of HEROES FOR MY SON

"Almost unparalleled as a raw and unapologetic portrait of grief, TWO KISSES FOR MADDY is a stunning testimony of the kind of love-- fated, magnificent-- that inspires novels. So vivid, so powerful and pitch-perfect, is his evocation of his beloved Liz that I could hear her laughter and see her face for days after putting the book down." -Claire Fontaine, national bestselling author of COME BACK

"A touching, heartbreaking, and ultimately triumphant story. It offers hope, humor, and a path toward new life, and a priceless lesson about the value of communication in times of trouble." -Jim Beaver, author of LIFE'S THAT WAY and SAG award nominee for Deadwood

"You won't feel the slightest bit of pity for this unintended single father. You'll be cheering Matt Logelin on page after page, laughing and crying with him-- and falling in love with Madeline." -Christine Coppa, author of RATTLED!

About the Author

Born and bred in Minnesota, Matt Logelin was a project manager at Yahoo! until he left the company to focus on writing this book and raising his daughter, Madeline. The two live in Los Angeles, traveling often to see as much of the world as possible. Please visit them at www.mattlogelin.com

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As a follower of Matts blog I was very excited to read his book!
RSiewert
It's not just the story that Matt shares, but it's his view on life, his way of dealing with Liz's death, and the incredible love story between Matt, Liz, and Maddy.
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I finished his book in a day - I literally couldn't put it down.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Rzeszut on April 7, 2011
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I've been reading Matt's blog since a couple of months after Madeline's birth and Liz's death. He and I have chatted via email briefly, as I'm also the dad of a 32-week preemie girl, born a couple of years before Maddy. Thankfully, I have no experience with what it's like to be a widowed, single father.

Everything that's funny, heartbreaking, emotionally raw and wonderful about Matt's blog is also here in this book. Part I of the book goes into a fair amount of detail concerning his & Liz's courtship and marriage, their careers, and their decision to start a family. I read with trepidation as Maddy was born, and reveled in Matt's joy for the 27 hours before his world came crashing down the next day. The book goes into greater detail (though not gory) about the circumstances around Liz's death, and that was a very hard chapter to read. I can't imagine what it would be like for Liz's family and friends to read it, and it's almost unfathomable to me how Matt could write it.

Parts II and III deal with the remainder of the first year, up to Maddy's first birthday and the first anniversary of Liz's death, with a short epilogue written a couple of years later.

Matt's rather "salty" language as found in his blog is echoed here in the book as well, and I was very pleased to see that. If his editors/publishers had forced him to tone down the profanity, the book wouldn't have been in his "voice."

A must read for any parent, and for anyone who's ever been in love.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jaybird on April 26, 2012
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Being a longtime reader of the blog, I was eager to read this book. I find myself somewhat disappointed, and not for the same reasons others have stated. I have really no problem with the language. For me it just seemed after the death of Liz, the only things left to talk about were the trips. I have to go here to remember Liz, I have to go there to remember Liz. Every single trip was because he traveled there with Liz and needed to embrace the grief to move past it. Which I totally get, and I do not begrudge anyone travel if they have the means to do it. But after the third trip he took to move him along in his grief, I felt it was redundant. I wanted to hear more about Maddy, about Liz's family, and about Matt himself working through his grief on a daily basis. I found the thing with the trips redundant.

I did like, however, finding out about the day of Liz's death with more detail. But I thought the way he presented her was as a controlling, foul mouthed, cold woman instead of the wonderful person I read about on the blog.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Kingsland on April 6, 2011
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I really enjoyed two kisses for maddy. Unlike some other reviewers, I read this from the perspective of someone who has never read his blog. While the focus is on coping with loss and grieving, his insight into the NICU experience and the loving connection he develops with his daughter during those first days are equally touching. He does a very good job capturing the thoughts one has after losing someone close so if you are trying to understand what someone else might be going through, this is a great read.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By billina16 on April 4, 2011
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Matt is an incredible and talented writer. As a reader, he drew me in and kept me wanting more. He's super transparent, telling stories from his life with all the details that made me feel like I was right there with him. Reading this book, I felt a whirlwind of emotions. One moment, I'd laugh, then my heart would start racing, I'd cry, and laugh again. Don't you just love a book like that?!

I finished his book in a day - I literally couldn't put it down. Matt experienced such pure devistation with the loss of his wife, and was walking into unchartered territory knowing he'd raise sweet Maddy without his love. But, he made it. He did it. He survived. And, after closing the book, I now know, if I am ever faced with something similar, I'll see the sun again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mavis on May 1, 2012
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While traveling I bought this at a bookstore in the airport. I wish I had read the reviews before purchasing. It is a very touching story and it is a good read, but the over use of the "F" word just didn't set well with me. I can handle most mild swearing, but this was way too much. I feel Matt could have told his story just as well without it. I have heard that you can tell the intelligence of a person by their language.....
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Pratt on April 14, 2011
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I first started reading Matt's blog when Maddy was just a few months old. His raw emotion had me hooked from the start. I don't know how he feels, but I know how I have felt over the past decade since the untimely death of my twenty year old brother. This is not a grief manual. It's a brilliantly written memoir.
He states on page 221 that he "had definitely learned since Liz died, that everyone grieves differently." On the following page he writes "Life goes on, whether or not we expect it to." No truer words have ever been spoken regarding grief!

A day turns into a week. A week into a year, and one day you realize it's been over 10 years since the greatest loss of your life and it's OK to laugh and be happy again. It's OK not to cry every day. It's OK that life goes on. It's also OK that a wave of emotion takes over when you least expect it to! A part of you dies with the one you love, but a part of them lives on through you.

This book is a beautiful tribute for Matt's gorgeous wife Liz, and more importantly, a way for their precious daughter to see the love her father will always have for her mother. It's a love story for both Liz and Maddy. I laughed and cried and was reminded how precious and fragile life truly is. I read the book in less than 27 hours. The same amount of time that Matt's life was changed forever. You won't be able to put it down!

Thank you Matt for writing this book! You are doing a fantastic job with Maddy and as a long time blog reader, I'm so very proud of you! This is a must read for everyone!
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