Enough: Notes from a Woman Who Has Finally Found It

Enough: Notes from a Woman Who Has Finally Found It

For women everywhere, a collection of fierce and often funny personal essays on finding enough, from writer Shauna M. Ahern, of Gluten-Free Girl fame.

Like so many American women, Shauna M. Ahern spent decades feeling not good enough about her body, about money, and about her worth in this culture. For a decade, with the help of her husband, she ran a successful food blog, wrote award-winning cookbooks, and raised two children. In the midst of this, at age 48, she suffered a mini-stroke. Tests revealed she would recover fully, but when her doctor impressed upon her that emotional stress can cause physical damage, she dove deep inside herself to understand and let go of a lifetime of damaging patterns of thought.

With candor and humor, Ahern traces the arc of her life in essays, starting with the feeling of "not good enough" which was sown in a traumatic childhood and dogged her well into adulthood. She writes about finding her rage, which led her to find her enduring motto: enough pretending. And she chronicles how these phases have opened the door to living more joyfully today with mostly enough: friends, family, and her community.

Readers will be moved by Ahern's brave stories. They will also find themselves in these essays, since we all have to find our own definition of enough.

Title:Enough: Notes from a Woman Who Has Finally Found It
ISBN:9781632172174
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  • Heather F

    Ever wonder what happens when a teenage girl doesn't outgrow her "not like other girls!" phase? You get this book. Ahern comes across as petty, misogynistic, and self-important in this painful, bratty...

  • Amy

    Poorly written, annoying, and pretentious. ...

  • Rachel

    A good bit of the reason I wanted to read this book is that I had read fellow food writer Ahern’s earlier memoir/self-help book, Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back…And How Y...

  • Christine

    Took me a bit to get into this because someone story telling in a self help kind of way isn’t my kind of book ! Her story was sad growing up and her child skull issues frightening ! She went through...

  • Danielle

    As a fan of GFG recipes, this is a chance to learn more about Shauna and see her peel back the happy facade a bit (especially from earlier books and blog posts). It is interesting to see how her child...

  • Giovanna

    I read an essay/excerpt from this and was curious to read more. Turns out that essay and the section it was in was more than enough....

  • Patricia

    Shauna seems late to the party. Late to accept herself. Late to acknowledge the truth of her childhood. Late to cash in on “Me Too” by writing a book.Her cry of “I don’t need you!” rings so ...

  • Eva

    A fairly short, boring read. Similar to lots of memoirs out there with nothing unique or interesting to recommend it. ...

  • Amy N.

    Painfully self-aggrandizing essays from a woman who comes across as bitter, preachy and deeply judgemental of anyone different from herself. Ahern endured a difficult childhood and adolescence due to ...

  • Bjrn

    What a mess. Wonderful, sweet, often scary mess – a journey – a life. There's no structure to this memoir-meets-personal-essays collection, but there's no structure to life either (I would know ...