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This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Summer of Letting Go, Loving from Afar and 21 Jars of Tomato Sauce Paperback – 7 Apr 2011


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749955376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749955373
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THIS IS NOT THE STORY YOU THINK IT IS is true to its title. The book took me by surprise. I read it in one sitting and loved Munson's tone, wit, wisdom and writing (- Anita Shreve, author of THE PILOT'S WIFE)

Laura Munson takes the spiritual stuff and the personal stuff and the love stuff and the pain stuff and she brews them all together in a very fun and touching memoir. I'm a fan. This is a wonderful book (Marianne Williamson, author of The Age of MIRACLES AND A RETURN to Love)

Let me tell you what this book is about. This is a book about saying yes. It's the story of Laura Munson's alchemical ability to create abundance and bounty in the face of scarcity and abandonment - no small triumph. Filled with gems big and small... Munson is a wonderful guide - wise, brave, and tenaciously honest (- Melanie Gideon, author of THE SLIPPERY YEAR: A MEDITATION ON HAPPILY EVER AFTER)

This book is fabulous. Laura Munson's noble quest to become the source of her own happiness will take you by the hand and heart as it guides you through the steps to living a life without suffering. Her story pulls back the curtain on the only magic we e (Arielle Ford, author of The SOULMATE Secret)

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Laura Munson's essay in the New York Times, about the year her marriage was tested in a way she never anticipated, created a firestorm - now here's the whole story.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angus T. Cat on 13 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
"This is Not the Story you Think it is" is like receiving a Christmas letter from a woman you may have met, but you can't remember very well. Laura Munson's description of her journey through her dark nights of the soul, her husband's pain, and the months she rescued her family is self congratulatory, full of detail about their achievements since college, their beautiful home (including the family heirlooms in her china cabinet) her horse, the sisterhood of her terrific friends, her extensive travels (her life in Seattle, Boston, and Italy) and how she led her husband back to their marvellous children and their fabulous life by keeping her cool and following the wisdom of her favourite authors (she lists their works at the end of the book). Throughout her memoir she seems more deeply wounded by her lack of publishing success than the unravelling of her relationship with her husband. He sets off the book by saying he doesn't love her anymore and he's thinking of moving out. Throughout the summer he disappears without calling her, vanishes for days and doesn't show up to spend the Fourth of July with their children (she takes this very personally as the fourth of July was her late father's favorite holiday, and the husband knows what it means to her). She has to buy the fireworks and light them for her kids. On the few occasions he comes home the husband is moody and makes a few cutting remarks to her. They spend a tense day together on her birthday- she points out that she pulled out all the stops for his birthday. Slowly he comes to realize that he's putting his own search for happiness and his issues with resentment before the children's well being. Anyone thinking they're going to read about horribly abusive incidents or destructive behaviour isn't going to find them here.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan Bellini on 10 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
I feel that if more women(and men) read this more marriages would survive. You want to hate her husband but listening to Laura you have to feel for the guy. At 40 to have all your dreams go up in smoke and with a family to support it musn't be easy. More power to both Laura and her husband
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet on 9 April 2011
Format: Paperback
"Don't let things outside your control define your happiness," so says Laura Munson. It was the mantra that allowed her to look her husband of 20 years in the eye when he said he no longer loved her and say, "I don't buy it.". What she recognised was that this was his crisis and, although it impacted on her, it was his problem to work through and not hers. His reaction to his crisis was to want to make big changes, to walk away and start again, her response to that was to actively choose to do nothing. She chose not to issue him with ultimatums, demand explanations, take him to the cleaners, but chose instead to deal with what she knew, not with what she imagined, and to manage her life and feelings for the benefit of their marriage while he worked things out. It was an act of faith and self-examination but one that meant she remained true to herself, without perverting her love for her husband into a right or wrong scenario. This book is her story. It is not a self-help book but a memoir, but before you imagine this is some smug, self-aggrandising treaty to success (yes, dear reader they remain married and happy and she got a book deal) it is a warts and all depiction of what actually happened, how she felt about it and what she did. Angry, graceless, unforgiving at times, she was not always likable and for that we like her and see how her story resonates with our own struggles. No one knows exactly what passes between two people, but her love for her husband and what they created together meant she refused to give up, even when accused by well meaning friends of being a doormat, and forged her own path through the crisis - prepared to be, as the poet Rilke put it, the "guardian of his solitude" while he found his emotional status quo again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fitzy on 13 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after it was recommended to me by a friend. Both having gone through the relationship mill over the past few years and although we fought in our own ways to save our marriages we both lost.
After reading Laura Mussons' book I came to realise that in some ways a crisis, such as the one her marriage suffered, is almost a 'rite of passage and that most couples have to go through something similar in order to both regain and retain their own individuality and to restore their passion both for each other and for life.
What I found most inspiring was the way she fought, alone. How she understood his pain and acknowledged her own but didn't then transfer that pain to her freinds, family or children.
But do not see this book just as one suitable for couples in crisis, the lessons learned in this book are relevant in all our relationships.
I read this book at a time when my teenage daughter was in the midst of boyfriend, exams and friends crises on a seemingly daily crisis. By taking the lessons from the book I learned to alleviate the impact her issues have on my life and in turn improve our relationship greatly.
Thank you Laura Musson for your honesty and insight.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mrsmurrell on 29 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I came across an article about this book and it's author in the Sept 2010 Elle magazine on the very day that my husband of 14 years told me he didn't love me any more. It seemed like the absolutely right thing to do to buy it as soon as we got home from that holiday. It has been great to read about someone's life experiences which are so similar to my own at present. I am so glad that I came across this book and urge anyone who is going through relationship troubles to read it, it gives you hope, it makes you laugh and cry too. I only hope that I can be as heroic in my efforts to deal with my situation as Laura Munson was.
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