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Where You Left Me Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 30, 2011
"Brave Enough" by Cheryl Strayed
From the best-selling author of Wild, a collection of quotes--drawn from the wide range of her writings--that capture her wisdom, courage, and outspoken humor, presented in a gift-sized package that's as irresistible to give as it is to receive. Learn more | See related books
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"In this hard-hitting memoir, a wife and mother stricken by tragedy after losing her husband at the World Trade Center gradually regains her ability to love. A former lawyer married to Douglas Gardner, a financial broker, and living with their two small children on Central Park West in Manhattan, Trulson was shuttling her five-year-old son to his first day of school on the morning of September 11. Her husband was already in his office at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of the North Tower, where he died in the attacks. (His voice was identified on a 911 tape later sent to Trulson by the mayor’s office, but she never listened to it.) The brokerage firm lost 658 employees that day, the hardest hit of any single company. The closest friends who supported Trulson in her grief were her husband’s professional colleagues, who dedicated a sports center at Douglas’s alma mater, Haverford College. Trulson’s period of “bottomless fury and despair” was exacerbated by the ensuing media circus as she made the rounds of memorial speeches. Ten months later, Trulson became involved with another man, which jars the reader, but, in the end, her narrative achieves a balance between grief and life-affirming determination." —Publishers Weekly
"Decades from now, when people want to know how life went on after the September 11th attacks, I hope they'll turn to this deeply moving, bluntly honest, elegantly written memoir. In Jennifer Gardner Trulson's grief, and in her account of the love that followed, all of us can see the possibilities in our own lives." —Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor, The Last Lecture
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Contrary to the reviewers who talk about the deep, honest emotion present in Ms. Trulson's story, she came across to me as being very shallow, and far more concerned with her status amongst her group of high-society friends than someone whose world had been truly rocked by the loss of her husband. There are constant reminders of how well-off her family was (and is), as well as repeated references to her husband's stunning good looks. I can't say I'm very much impressed with him, either - someone who constantly says to his wife, "I'm the best thing that ever happened to you," comes across to me as being an arrogant jerk.
This man was the love of her life? Her soulmate? Someone whose death changed her life forever? That's lovely, considering that she felt compelled to resume dating a mere 9 months after his death. She makes a variety of excuses for that, but none of them ring true. Seems to me that she could no longer stand not being someone's arm candy.
If you're looking for a glimpse into the lives of the rich and privileged, then this is the book for you. But if you're looking for a real window into what happened on 9/11, something that will tug at your heartstrings (although really, there's a lot that seems voyeuristic about that), this isn't it. I came away from the book feeling that if I were to encounter Ms. Trulson anywhere in real life, she wouldn't be someone I'd want to get to know.
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This is a book about resilience in the face of inexplicable loss. How is it possible to witness such brutality and continue in spite of? And yet that's just what Trulson does. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Susa Seliger
9/11 was a tragedy for everyone involved and whether someone is rich or poor, they will still grieve deeply. Read morePublished 5 months ago by daniela
LOVED THIS BOOK - LOVED THE AUTHOR - WELL WRITTEN - HEART WARMINGPublished 8 months ago by Jessica Duskes
Guilt book...didn't pass the mustard for me. I'd like to say more about this woman but I will reserve my comments as they would not be appreciated nor would they serve anyone any... Read morePublished 9 months ago by suzanne
Fascinating book. Very intersting - the writing so so but the people invloved in the story - an inspiration to othersPublished 11 months ago by Carol Brown
This book was well-written. The author writes with clarity about her experience, which ranges from sadness to strength and hope.Published 14 months ago by H. Sutton
this book was a very good read, giving a different angle of what I knew about the families of the victims of the attack. Read morePublished 15 months ago by LH
beautifully written! Jennifer is so eloquent, honest and heart warming. a privilege to read. the way she intertwines loss with joy is astounding.Published 16 months ago by Anastasia