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All the Good Parts Paperback – September 20, 2016
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“Deceptively lighthearted and delightfully written, All the Good Parts is the story of a woman of a certain age, pondering a dream with a timestamp: that of becoming a mother. Should she or shouldn’t she? What’s best for her? Who should the father be? Everyone weighs in on the question: her sister, her brother-in-law, her niece. Even her home healthcare clients. But the hilarity of choosing among some mighty unusual suspects is tempered with compassion and wisdom that speaks to the very heart of what matters—of what makes us matter to ourselves and each other. And the clincher? What takes All the Good Parts over the top into must-read territory? There’s a twist near the end that will leave you breathless.” —Barbara Taylor Sissel, author of Crooked Little Lies
“All The Good Parts by Loretta Nyhan is a tender, warmhearted, and fast-paced story of a family finding its way through an uncertain time for everyone. Nyhan's writing delicately balances the stress and love felt between sisters Leona and Carly. Nyhan also examines the intricate dynamics of Leona's unusual friendships. These pivotal relationships are the story's backdrop as Leona decides if she's going to have a baby on her own at 39. I laughed, I cried, and I cheered, as Leona fought herself and others, stumbled, and in the end, became a better version of herself—which is always a good thing, baby or not. I read this book way past my bedtime.” —Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Good Neighbor
“Leona Accorsi, 39, suddenly decides she wants a baby, simply to love. The decision leads her on a journey of self discovery and puts a unique twist on the idea of looking for love in all the wrong places. Her funny, tender, and heartfelt interactions with each of the not-necessarily-appropriate people on her short list of potential Daddy donors all ultimately bring her to new insights about herself. The story kept me smiling and wondering, ‘What's going to happen next?!’ from the first scene to the very satisfying finish.” —Jackie Bouchard, author of House Trained and Rescue Me, Maybe
“Quirky and laugh-out-loud funny, we loved All the Good Parts! Nyhan had us at page one with this unique yet relatable story of the deep bonds between sisters and family and the yearning for motherhood. Readers who want to be swept up and taken on an emotional roller coaster will love All the Good Parts!” —Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, authors of The Year We Turned Forty and The Status of All Things
“All the Good Parts is wildly original and features a mixture of heartfelt and laugh-out-loud moments. The main character’s quest for motherhood is poignant and relatable...[but] it’s the ensuing complexities that arise as the main character tries to find a suitable daddy donor from a varied potential list that make this story hard to put down.” —RT Book Reviews
“[Nyhan] creates an original and endearing contemporary heroine in Leona Accorsi...[Her] novel tells a surprising, sweet, and unconventional story about family and friendship.” —Booklist
About the Author
Loretta Nyhan was a reader before she was a writer, devouring everything she could get her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and the instruction booklet for building the Barbie Dreamhouse. Later, her obsession with reading evolved into an absolute need to write. After college, she wrote for national trade magazines, taught writing to college freshmen, and eventually found the guts to try fiction. Nyhan has cowritten two historical novels with Suzanne Hayes, Empire Girls and the Kirkus-starred I’ll Be Seeing You. Her solo work includes the teen paranormal thrillers The Witch Collector Part I and The Witch Collector Part II. When she’s not writing, Nyhan is knitting, baking, and doing all kinds of things her high school self would have found hilarious. Find her online at www.lorettanyhan.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
Leona is still trying to find herself.
Like most of us are, we live and learn, and continue on.
This book will make you laugh, cry, and make you think.
After all, all we need is what we can make happen for ourselves.
Leona is 39 years old, taking online classes, working part time as a home health aide, and living in her sister and brother-in-law’s basement. She is unchallenged by any real ambition until her doctor—an old school friend—tells her that if she wants to have a baby, she’d better get to it before her eggs are dead. So now Leona—‘Lee’ to her family—is ready to get preggers and pop out a child. Let’s do it!
Leona is the woman I want to grab by the elbow and drag into the kitchen so I can tell her some hard truths. Instead, her sister Carly does it for me. Everything Carly says makes complete sense. She points out to Leona that she is so passive that even the baby idea is not her own; it was her doctor’s. Leona drifts through life letting people tell her what to do, and is that any way to raise a kid?
In addition, since Leona is not dating, she needs a sperm donor. The sperm bank and intro fertilization is crazy-expensive; she really only knows four possible donors. There’s an elderly patient growing accustomed to his status as a double amputee, but although he offers, it would be so unprofessional to take him up on it! There’s an online study-buddy that she hasn’t even met in the flesh; there’s her niece’s tutor, a very bright, handsome homeless man who’s actually even more passive than Leona; and there’s Paul, the son of the patient who dislikes her and fires her.
My, my, my.
This dandy little book is full of interesting philosophical questions and home truths that pop in and out of the narrative and dialogue like fireflies, blinking here and there without slowing anything down or stopping too long in any one place. And in some places, it’s drop-dead funny. Nyhan uses deft, clever prose to move both the story and the protagonist forward, and in doing so she creates a very visceral, tangible protagonist. I don’t always like Leona, but I do always believe her.
I’ve never liked the category “chick lit”, because women read books featuring men—sometimes men only—and there’s no special category for that, so in the best world, men should want to read this book too. But in the world we have now, this will sell primarily to women. But whoever you are, you should get this book and read it. I have seldom enjoyed a DRC so much; it was my go-to book when I didn’t feel like reading another mystery or delving into George Washington’s past. I would read something else out of duty, and then turn to this one as my reward. And I was sorry when it ended.
Recommended without reservation to anyone with a pulse.
As she pursues a course of action, other variables in her life threaten to derail her plans. Her sister Carly is so negative and unlikeable, and does nothing but try to dissuade Leona from her ambitions. She is convinced she’s right about everything, she’s insufferable. This dialogue is a perfect example of the sisters’ interactions… Carly: “It’s not going to be that way. The way you want it.” Leona: “So it should be the way you want it then?” I didn’t feel sorry at all for Carly’s family’s situation because they were living far beyond their means and she is selfish to think Leona’s life revolves solely around her own family. Leona’s indecisiveness can also be frustrating, but I could appreciate her personal growth. The one thing this book had going for it was its sense of humor and the author succeeded in adding a comedic levity to the novel. Otherwise, I just couldn’t relate to Leona and maybe it just wasn’t my kind of book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.
Being in my 30's now, there are times when I look around the room for help and realize that I am the adult in the room. Sometimes that feeling momentarily terrifies me. This book is about Leona. She is 39, single, in nursing school, lives in the basement of her sister's home, and wants to have a baby. She has had her 'I'm now the adult in the room' moment. Leona is a heartwarming, quirky character who always has the best intentions but has found herself coasting through life instead of making her own life. Finally taking life by the horns, Leone has a plan to have a baby, she just needs a guy! I related to this book so much, related to all the characters, who were well developed and interesting. I did not want to put it down. I laughed out loud and reread parts that I couldn't get enough of. Fantastic book!