Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

This I Know: Notes On Unraveling The Heart First Edition Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0762770083
ISBN-10: 0762770082
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Buy used On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$8.95 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
Buy new On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$17.56 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
More Buying Choices
40 New from $7.68 40 Used from $0.01
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Prime Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Up to 50% off select Non-Fiction books
Featured titles are up to 50% off for a limited time. See all titles
$17.56 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • This I Know: Notes On Unraveling The Heart
  • +
  • Inner Excavation: Exploring Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media
  • +
  • Field Guide to Now: Notes On Mindfulness And Life In The Present Tense
Total price: $51.30
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Susannah Conway’s new book works magic: it meets us in our darkest moments—of grief, shame, hopelessness—and shows us how to transform them into love, creativity, and confidence. Written with tenderness, filled with gorgeous images and helpful exercises, she reminds us that the beauty we seek is always right in front of our eyes.” --Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart

 “You hold in your hand one of those books. You will buy multiple copies of it to press into the hands of friends. You will mark it up with notes, and read passages again and again. You will not lend this out. This book was forged in grief and is lit by love. Feast your creative heart!”--Jennifer Louden, author of The Life Organizer and The Woman's Comfort Book

“Reading Susannah’s words feels like spending time with a perfect friend—the kind who mixes mojitos as she listens to your dreams, laughs and cries with you, and most of all, persuades you that YOU CAN DO IT! I lost count of the times I was inspired to put it down to take a photograph or to write in my journal. I’m still bowled over by the generosity of this book.”  ---Sarah Salway, Canterbury Laureate and author of You Do Not Need Another Self-Help Book

 

 

From the Inside Flap

This is a book about unraveling the layers of our lives, delving beneath the surface in order to better understand ourselves, our relationships, and our path. Author Susannah Conway uncovered this process following a tragedy—the sudden death of the man she loved. In sharing her journey of self-discovery, she reveals how grief reshaped her life and led her to reconnect with her creativity, make peace with her past, and learn to appreciate herself.

You hold in your hands a guidebook of sorts, a collection of thoughts and theories, each chapter culminating in a small creative exercise for you to reflect upon and apply to your own life. With her words and signature dreamy Polaroid images, Conway reminds us that we are not alone, that living mindfully is a process, and that in time you can let yourself be who you were always meant to be.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 70%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
  • Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers.
  • Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. You can also see more Kindle MatchBook titles here or look up all of your Kindle MatchBook titles here.
  • Read the Kindle edition on any Kindle device or with a free Kindle Reading App.
  • Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon.com.
  • Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle MatchBook price is not available.
Learn more about Kindle MatchBook.


New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Skirt!; First Edition edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762770082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762770083
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Any woman who has experienced grief and loss (that is, every woman alive) should read this book. For some of us this is the loss of a loved one, for others the loss of self, or for others still it might be the loss of both. This book is a map of one woman's personal journey through bereavement and rediscovery of self, but it is also offered as a guidebook for those making their way along the same path, traveling through that same territory of loss. And yet, as Susannah says, this "is not a story about grief, although it informs everything I've learned about life. This is a book about unraveling the layers of our lives and exploring what we find in order to better understand ourselves, our relationships, and our path."

This book embodies, through both word and image, the tender heart of that sadness, not shying away from the reality of it, the truth that life can kick your ass but that we can also lean into joy and be softened by beauty, can and will encounter grace, and know love. We may have tears streaming down our face or feel bad about our thighs, but with our eyes and heart open wide to both the brutality and beauty of life, we can heal, we can live a wholehearted life.

This book might first be about one woman's individual journey towards wholeness, but in the end, it is an offering to the reader, an invitation to unravel our own hearts. Sometimes, simply knowing that others have walked a similar path is all the medicine and advice you need, but Susannah Conway takes it one step beyond, offering a reflection at the end of each chapter, small creative exercises that invite the reader to explore, to unravel. In this way, it is a book that one could come back to again and again.

In the end, this book is like a long, intimate conversation with the best girlfriend ever, one who has been where you are, can authentically sit in that dark place with you, but who also has a map that shows the way out, an invitation to the rest of your beautiful life.
Comment 23 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Georgia O'Keefe wrote, "...to see takes time, like to have a friend
takes time." This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart is not a book for people who are in a hurry
to fix or change themselves. Its a book you soak in and absorb, like
a bubblebath or hot chocolate or a spring rain, or an afternoon in the
company of a dear friend who knows you so well. Its a book that
quietly reveals the power of taking the time to see yourself, and the
stories that have contained your life, up til now.

The author's own words are the very best description of the essence of the book:

"... and yet, I am so compelled to share, knowing that in the sharing
we find common ground, that my story might sing to your heart, just as
your story calls to mine."

Although death was the event which rocked her world, the theme of Susannah's
journey is how grief made it urgent to finally take the time to truly
befriend herself, and fully accept the beauty in both her
vulnerabilities and strengths.

Images and experiences from daily life gently nudge the
reader toward self-recognition, weaving together stories we all share
- insecurities about love, body, career, family, loss, ageing; but
without dwelling on the pain for its own sake, nor pushing it aside in
the interest of finding a silver lining. Like her luminous
photographs of simple, everyday surroundings, each facet the author's
story shines as worthy of regard, familiar and beautiful, like a face
we love, yet are getting to know for the first time, all over again.
Comment 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
If you already know and love Susannah, you will love this book.
If you haven't yet met Susannah and read this book, prepare to fall in love.
Deeply.
For me, the cover doesn't quite convey what is waiting for you on the inside. The book is so beautifully laid out and Susannah's photographs are placed so perfectly with her writing-- and the feeling inside the book is what it feels like to be with Susannah-- soft, dreamy, decidedly romantic-- the way she captures light, how softly she presses petals into her photographs-- I don't know that the saturated colors of the cover will tell you this. But I will. And the gentle feeling as she writes to you is just as if you are sitting with a friend, on the sofa-- heart to heart-- quiet, true, urgent-- purchase this book without hesitation. It is lovely.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Susannah's words speak directly to the heart. Unraveling thoughts and feelings that live deep inside. This book is beautifully written and the photographs that are mixed amongst her words are breathtaking. It is difficult to put down. You can feel Susannah's heart through her words and images. She inspires you to live deeply and creativly. Soaking in the beauty that is this world.
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I first found Susannah Conway's blog a few years ago and I was completely drawn to her story. I have recently decided to start a blog as well and wanted to get my creative writing juices flowing. There are some nice exercises in the book and I love reading her writing. But I didn't realize it would have so much to do with her overcoming the grieving process. It is very inspirational for anyone in a similar situation or dealing with loss/grieving. Not exactly what I thought I would find in the book, but still a beautiful book to read.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

This I Know: Notes On Unraveling The Heart
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: This I Know: Notes On Unraveling The Heart