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Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness Paperback – 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.”—The Boston Globe
"The triumph of spirit over circumstance... I will return... to Browning’s sublime account of what she calls 'the intertidal years.'"—The New York Times
“A compelling and often funny addition to that burgeoning literary subset of autobiography: namely, women's memoirs about being knocked down in midlife and, painfully, arthritically, figuring out a way to get up again.”—NPR
“How Dominique learned to slow down in her life… the perfect gift for any woman who's recently lost a job.”—The Washington Post
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
The author seemed a bit self indulgent about her relationship, but overall enjoyed the book.Published 1 month ago by Sue Garmston
Reading this book is like having a self-absorbed, chatterbox coworker come to your cubicle and prattle endlessly about her lousy relationship ("and then he said THIS, can you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Warrior Two
So many years ago I awaited the arrival of House and Garden to read the monthly trials, tribulations, frustrations and jubilation of Dominique Browning. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Julia McMurtry
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 8 months ago by Barb Chrysler