No Happy Endings

No Happy Endings

The author of It’s Okay to Laugh and host of the popular podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking—interviews that are “a gift to be able to listen [to]” (New York Times)—returns with more hilarious meditations on her messy, wonderful, bittersweet, and unconventional life.

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.

Title:No Happy Endings
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062792402
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    No Happy Endings Reviews

  • Christine (Queen of Books)

    Thank you to Nora McInerny for a free finished copy of No Happy Endings.It's amazing how sometimes a book can just hit you at the right time. No Happy Endings did that for me. This is a book I needed ...

  • Rebecca

    “Everything good in my life had a sad aftertaste. Everything good in my life had come from loss. Everything sweet was just a little bitter.” I didn’t appreciate this as much as It’s Okay to La...

  • Alex

    I am a religious listener of Nora McInerney's podcast. The great insights and compassion she shows her interviewees and the way she tells their complex stories is the podcast's highlight. The low-ligh...

  • Katelyn

    Wow. Nora McInery's writing style is hilarious and real. She bravely bares it all in this book, going through the many mixed emotions she felt after falling in love again a little over 6 months after ...

  • Melora

    I've never heard Nora McInerny's podcast, “Terrible, Thanks for Asking,” but reading No Happy Endings has very much of a podcast feel to it. Casual, conversational, littered with profanity and pop...

  • Kaloyana

    Between 3 and 4 stars. Mostly I like it, but also I see it like Nora McInerny is actually more confident in giving advices that she should be. And this is not an accusation for her, it is a setback of...

  • Jenna

    One of my guilty pleasures is watching the latest season of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Rachel Lindsay, one of the former Bachelorettes, always used this line with her guys - and it was about b...

  • KP

    I love her sense of humor, and think her resilience is amazing, so my rating of this book doesn't reflect how I feel about the material as a whole. I just felt that several of the chapters were somewh...

  • Katie Janowicz

    I listened to the audio version of this book, narrated by the author, and I highly recommend. She basically just says it all....all the hard stuff and all the daily mundane stuff with utter honesty an...

  • Naila (aka BooksandBachelor)

    I listened to the audio version narrated by McInery herself, and I loved every minute of it. McInery is honest, and brave, and wickedly witty as she tells her story about love, loss, life, and what it...