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Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love Hardcover – April 14, 2011
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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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The blog chronicled events that had happened that would forever alter the lives of many people. You see, the part of the blog where I started showed that Matt and Liz were madly in love and expecting their first child. Here pregnancy was hard and she was placed on bed rest and their daughter Madeline was born early. 24 hours after Madeline was born, her mother suffered a Pulmonary Embolism and was gone. Matt found himself a single father, working his way through raising his daughter and grieving. It is heart-wrenching.
Somehow through all of that Matt kept the blog going and managed to build an entire support community for himself. He also managed to write a book about the whole thing.
Then, I read a post about the book Two Kisses for Maddy on another blog, Lacey in Love. This brought me back to Matt's blog where I caught myself up and immediately ordered a copy.
It took only a few days for me to read all the way through. There were moments I teared up, moments where I felt his joy, and overall I felt very connected to him and his story. One of the things I liked most was his no-bullshit way of writing. He told it like it was, and he used language that he felt like expressed it (even going as far as to say in the foreword that you can put the book down if you can't handle swear words) and wasn't going to flower it up or change how he spoke. The book has a very good sense of voice and emotion, as it should since it's a true story.
One of the best parts? As Lacey put it "...Unlike most books I am not dreading finishing it because I'm not ready for it to end. When you read a bloggers book, you get to keep reading the story for as long as they're blogging. What a bad ass concept."
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.
Matt's book is honest, brave, sad, heartwarming, and inspiring. Though I think anyone could pick up this book and appreciate it, I believe it has a special relevance to those of us who have dealt with death and grief firsthand. Parts of the book are so emotionally raw and honest, it brought me back to moments when I was in the throes of grief myself. But it's that intimate rapport Matt builds with his readers that make this book so special. The sad moments are truly sad, but the joys (big and small) he finds after such an earth-shattering experience are uplifting. It's truly an inspirational story than can give any of us hope for a happy (albeit different that we planned) life, even after great loss.
This book is a great, quick read. And if you're an indie music lover, there are some great Easter eggs throughout the story. 5 stars.