- File Size: 775 KB
- Print Length: 209 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 16, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KKHBOXE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,601 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Uncomfortable: A Love Story Kindle Edition
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In Uncomfortable, Jason and Diane Ripper give themselves a challenge to do something uncomfortable once a month for a year. While many of the things they choose aren’t really on par with some world adventure—the furthest they go is Seattle, an hour and a half drive from home—the tasks they set out to do are just enough to push themselves a little over the edge into a little better understanding of themselves, the world, and, especially, each other.
The book is narrated alternately by Diane and Jason, and the strength of the book is the distinctness in their voices and the juxtaposition of two complementary perspectives. Diane sees her primary job as mother to her two children, one who has special needs, while working as an online writing instructor. Originally from Colorado, she’s a runner, eats a gluten-free diet, and practices CranioSacral therapy. She alludes to a former marriage, travels in Europe, and having to waitress for years after going to graduate school.
Diane got pregnant three months after she met Jason, a transplant from Syracuse, New York, who teaches history at a community college and who has recently become a volunteer reserve policeman. Raised by “hippies”—a Jewish social worker mom and a Presbyterian dad—but eternally skeptical of anything hippie or religious-related, Jason’s voice is much more sarcastic and self-deprecating. Yet both voices are honest and self-reflective in their own way. Diane is earnest and believable when she relates her experiences of healing through something called holotropic breathwork. Jason’s perspective is the cynical antidote to her earnestness—yet it is precisely because of his acceptance and love for Diane that readers will come to accept her in her “hippiest” moments. And, for readers who might be put off by Jason’s continual snarkiness, Diane’s humorous tolerance helps us to bear him. More than anything, this is a glimpse into a year of marriage, not a breathtakingly passionate one, but still, a loving, connected one, that might give even cynics hope that some marriages can endure.
I had read Jason's history books, https://www.amazon.com/American-Stories-Living-History-1877/dp/0765619180/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471466123&sr=8-1&keywords=jason+ripper . His writing in that book is the kind that if you had for a teacher you would want to go to his class.
Really, overall, this book was really entertaining and I liked sharing their experiences they went through to write this book.
Whatever you get from reading it, prepare to read at least two chapters at a pop, because you'll want the input from both sides of every story, and each 'adventure' leads you into the next to see what on earth, and what impressions the same experience left on two different people.