I am SO EXCITED for April's book club! I was lucky enough to have Nora McInerny come in for her last book, and it was definitely the most popular book club I've ever had! I know this one will be crazy too! I've decided to open it up to a few more people than normal since people LOVE Nora. With that said, first come, first serve with chairs (haha this way more of you can meet Nora). I am also limiting it to an RSVP for 2 people. I usually allow you to RSVP for 4 people. I am doing this to avoid a bunch of no-shows. I highly recommend you buy Nora's book to 1. support Nora and 2. to have your book signed by Nora!
In April, we're reading "No Happy Endings". We'll be meeting at the radio station on Wednesday, April 24th 6p-8p at (1600 Utica Ave S. St. Louis Park 5th floor-it's in the West End area). Dinner will be provided by Green Mill, and we'll have official book club t-shirts from MELSA! Plus, North Memorial Health will be joining us for a quick little "exercise" in the beginning. Click here to RSVP while spots last.
About the Book:
Life has a million different ways to kick you right in the chops. We lose love, lose jobs, lose our sense of self. For Nora McInerny, it was losing her husband, her father, and her unborn second child in one catastrophic year.
But in the wake of loss, we get to assemble something new from whatever is left behind. Some circles call finding happiness after loss “Chapter 2”—the continuation of something else. Today, Nora is remarried and mothers four children aged 16 months to 16 years. While her new circumstances bring her extraordinary joy, they are also tinged with sadness over the loved ones she’s lost.
Life has made Nora a reluctant expert in hard conversations. On her wildly popular podcast, she talks about painful experiences we inevitably face, and exposes the absurdity of the question “how are you?” that people often ask when we’re coping with the aftermath of emotional catastrophe. She knows intimately that when your life falls apart, there’s a mad rush to be okay—to find a silver lining, to get to the happy ending. In this, her second memoir, Nora offers a tragicomic exploration of the tension between finding happiness and holding space for the unhappy experiences that have shaped us.
No Happy Endings is a book for people living life after life has fallen apart. It’s a book for people who know that they’re moving forward, not moving on. It’s a book for people who know life isn’t always happy, but it isn’t the end: there will be unimaginable joy and incomprehensible tragedy. As Nora reminds us, there will be no happy endings—but there will be new beginnings.