Joy Enough: A Memoir

Joy Enough: A Memoir

Sifting gingerly through memories of her late mother, brilliant newcomer Sarah McColl has penned an indelible tribute to the joy and pain of loving well. Even as her own marriage splinters, McColl drops everything when her mother is diagnosed with cancer, returning to the family farmhouse and laboring over elaborate meals in the hopes of nourishing her back to health. In a Sifting gingerly through memories of her late mother, brilliant newcomer Sarah McColl has penned an indelible tribute to ...

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Title:Joy Enough: A Memoir
Author:Sarah McColl
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1631494708
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:176 pages pages

Joy Enough: A Memoir Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jan 20, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

  • Kerri
    Dec 29, 2018

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...

    Beautifully written, profoundly sad, a gorgeous tribute to the author?s mom. ?What if I expect too much of life?? I asked. She shrugged. ?So what if you do?? ?I have never had the guts to call my mother?s oncologist. I still don?t want to be permanently on her sh...

    Sarah McColl is a gorgeous, generous writer; with the kind of gentleness, warmth, and depth of skill that makes even the most crushingly sad moments in her work feel hopeful and alive. This book is about grief ? but also about love and truth and understanding and discovering who we a...

    It was okay, although the bouncing around between past and present was a bit confusing. Some of the writing was overly purple prose, while other parts were beautifully done. But it was still a heartbreaking read as McColl not only tried to deal with her mother's death, but also the dis...

    I loved this memoir. Sarah speaks of the big things we all experience love and loss with a feminine and poetic voice. This is a book that lingers with you after you are done. I highly recommend reading it. It will make you cry at the fragility of love and at the same time deeply unders...

    Loved the exploration of what it means when someone says you are just like your mother - something I feel I haven?t read before in a grief novel. Brilliant tone as well (I was expecting this to be morbidly sad.) While I didn?t love the aspect of the story about her ex husband, I do...

    One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. I lost myself in it and emerged both wowed and haunted. It's relatively short but substantive and would make, imho, a great book for a reading group. ...

    I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. ...

    I couldn't really follow along with this one. I felt like it was too broken up and hard to follow. ...

  • Jennifer Romolini
    Dec 03, 2018

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...

    Beautifully written, profoundly sad, a gorgeous tribute to the author?s mom. ?What if I expect too much of life?? I asked. She shrugged. ?So what if you do?? ?I have never had the guts to call my mother?s oncologist. I still don?t want to be permanently on her sh...

    Sarah McColl is a gorgeous, generous writer; with the kind of gentleness, warmth, and depth of skill that makes even the most crushingly sad moments in her work feel hopeful and alive. This book is about grief ? but also about love and truth and understanding and discovering who we a...

  • Kelley
    Feb 10, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

  • Martha Toll
    Jan 16, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

  • Sarah
    Feb 19, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...

    Beautifully written, profoundly sad, a gorgeous tribute to the author?s mom. ?What if I expect too much of life?? I asked. She shrugged. ?So what if you do?? ?I have never had the guts to call my mother?s oncologist. I still don?t want to be permanently on her sh...

  • Kris V Bernard
    Jan 15, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

  • Zoe
    Jan 02, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

  • Susie | Novel Visits
    Jan 10, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...

    Beautifully written, profoundly sad, a gorgeous tribute to the author?s mom. ?What if I expect too much of life?? I asked. She shrugged. ?So what if you do?? ?I have never had the guts to call my mother?s oncologist. I still don?t want to be permanently on her sh...

    Sarah McColl is a gorgeous, generous writer; with the kind of gentleness, warmth, and depth of skill that makes even the most crushingly sad moments in her work feel hopeful and alive. This book is about grief ? but also about love and truth and understanding and discovering who we a...

    It was okay, although the bouncing around between past and present was a bit confusing. Some of the writing was overly purple prose, while other parts were beautifully done. But it was still a heartbreaking read as McColl not only tried to deal with her mother's death, but also the dis...

    I loved this memoir. Sarah speaks of the big things we all experience love and loss with a feminine and poetic voice. This is a book that lingers with you after you are done. I highly recommend reading it. It will make you cry at the fragility of love and at the same time deeply unders...

    Loved the exploration of what it means when someone says you are just like your mother - something I feel I haven?t read before in a grief novel. Brilliant tone as well (I was expecting this to be morbidly sad.) While I didn?t love the aspect of the story about her ex husband, I do...

    One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. I lost myself in it and emerged both wowed and haunted. It's relatively short but substantive and would make, imho, a great book for a reading group. ...

    I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. ...

    I couldn't really follow along with this one. I felt like it was too broken up and hard to follow. ...

    "Joy Enough" by Sarah McColl, is a beautifully written, courageously candid memoir about the loss of her mother. I won an ARC from Goodreads giveaways. ...

    This memoir is gorgeous. Full stop. Read it now. ...

    My Thoughts: This slim little memoir tried to pack a lot into a very small space and suffered for it. McColl seemed to have had much she wanted to share about her young life: the life and death of her mother, her own failing marriage, her journey toward graduate school, a new, better r...

  • Mary
    Dec 27, 2018

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...

    Beautifully written, profoundly sad, a gorgeous tribute to the author?s mom. ?What if I expect too much of life?? I asked. She shrugged. ?So what if you do?? ?I have never had the guts to call my mother?s oncologist. I still don?t want to be permanently on her sh...

    Sarah McColl is a gorgeous, generous writer; with the kind of gentleness, warmth, and depth of skill that makes even the most crushingly sad moments in her work feel hopeful and alive. This book is about grief ? but also about love and truth and understanding and discovering who we a...

    It was okay, although the bouncing around between past and present was a bit confusing. Some of the writing was overly purple prose, while other parts were beautifully done. But it was still a heartbreaking read as McColl not only tried to deal with her mother's death, but also the dis...

    I loved this memoir. Sarah speaks of the big things we all experience love and loss with a feminine and poetic voice. This is a book that lingers with you after you are done. I highly recommend reading it. It will make you cry at the fragility of love and at the same time deeply unders...

    Loved the exploration of what it means when someone says you are just like your mother - something I feel I haven?t read before in a grief novel. Brilliant tone as well (I was expecting this to be morbidly sad.) While I didn?t love the aspect of the story about her ex husband, I do...

    One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. I lost myself in it and emerged both wowed and haunted. It's relatively short but substantive and would make, imho, a great book for a reading group. ...

    I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. ...

    I couldn't really follow along with this one. I felt like it was too broken up and hard to follow. ...

    "Joy Enough" by Sarah McColl, is a beautifully written, courageously candid memoir about the loss of her mother. I won an ARC from Goodreads giveaways. ...

  • Denise Stuart
    Feb 17, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...

    Beautifully written, profoundly sad, a gorgeous tribute to the author?s mom. ?What if I expect too much of life?? I asked. She shrugged. ?So what if you do?? ?I have never had the guts to call my mother?s oncologist. I still don?t want to be permanently on her sh...

    Sarah McColl is a gorgeous, generous writer; with the kind of gentleness, warmth, and depth of skill that makes even the most crushingly sad moments in her work feel hopeful and alive. This book is about grief ? but also about love and truth and understanding and discovering who we a...

    It was okay, although the bouncing around between past and present was a bit confusing. Some of the writing was overly purple prose, while other parts were beautifully done. But it was still a heartbreaking read as McColl not only tried to deal with her mother's death, but also the dis...

    I loved this memoir. Sarah speaks of the big things we all experience love and loss with a feminine and poetic voice. This is a book that lingers with you after you are done. I highly recommend reading it. It will make you cry at the fragility of love and at the same time deeply unders...

    Loved the exploration of what it means when someone says you are just like your mother - something I feel I haven?t read before in a grief novel. Brilliant tone as well (I was expecting this to be morbidly sad.) While I didn?t love the aspect of the story about her ex husband, I do...

    One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. I lost myself in it and emerged both wowed and haunted. It's relatively short but substantive and would make, imho, a great book for a reading group. ...

    I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. ...

    I couldn't really follow along with this one. I felt like it was too broken up and hard to follow. ...

    "Joy Enough" by Sarah McColl, is a beautifully written, courageously candid memoir about the loss of her mother. I won an ARC from Goodreads giveaways. ...

    This memoir is gorgeous. Full stop. Read it now. ...

    My Thoughts: This slim little memoir tried to pack a lot into a very small space and suffered for it. McColl seemed to have had much she wanted to share about her young life: the life and death of her mother, her own failing marriage, her journey toward graduate school, a new, better r...

    A super-short memoir: my favorite! And yet, I couldn't do it. Uber artsy-fartsy flowery language right from the start... which made it so difficult to understand and follow the plot. I was reading the "Advance Reading Copy"... I just hope she throws this nonsense in the garbage and sta...

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  • Kimball
    Feb 18, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

  • Ashley
    Feb 06, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...

    Beautifully written, profoundly sad, a gorgeous tribute to the author?s mom. ?What if I expect too much of life?? I asked. She shrugged. ?So what if you do?? ?I have never had the guts to call my mother?s oncologist. I still don?t want to be permanently on her sh...

    Sarah McColl is a gorgeous, generous writer; with the kind of gentleness, warmth, and depth of skill that makes even the most crushingly sad moments in her work feel hopeful and alive. This book is about grief ? but also about love and truth and understanding and discovering who we a...

    It was okay, although the bouncing around between past and present was a bit confusing. Some of the writing was overly purple prose, while other parts were beautifully done. But it was still a heartbreaking read as McColl not only tried to deal with her mother's death, but also the dis...

    I loved this memoir. Sarah speaks of the big things we all experience love and loss with a feminine and poetic voice. This is a book that lingers with you after you are done. I highly recommend reading it. It will make you cry at the fragility of love and at the same time deeply unders...

    Loved the exploration of what it means when someone says you are just like your mother - something I feel I haven?t read before in a grief novel. Brilliant tone as well (I was expecting this to be morbidly sad.) While I didn?t love the aspect of the story about her ex husband, I do...

    One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. I lost myself in it and emerged both wowed and haunted. It's relatively short but substantive and would make, imho, a great book for a reading group. ...

    I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. ...

  • Jaclyn Hillis
    Jun 04, 2018

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

  • Judy
    Jan 25, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...

    Beautifully written, profoundly sad, a gorgeous tribute to the author?s mom. ?What if I expect too much of life?? I asked. She shrugged. ?So what if you do?? ?I have never had the guts to call my mother?s oncologist. I still don?t want to be permanently on her sh...

    Sarah McColl is a gorgeous, generous writer; with the kind of gentleness, warmth, and depth of skill that makes even the most crushingly sad moments in her work feel hopeful and alive. This book is about grief ? but also about love and truth and understanding and discovering who we a...

    It was okay, although the bouncing around between past and present was a bit confusing. Some of the writing was overly purple prose, while other parts were beautifully done. But it was still a heartbreaking read as McColl not only tried to deal with her mother's death, but also the dis...

    I loved this memoir. Sarah speaks of the big things we all experience love and loss with a feminine and poetic voice. This is a book that lingers with you after you are done. I highly recommend reading it. It will make you cry at the fragility of love and at the same time deeply unders...

    Loved the exploration of what it means when someone says you are just like your mother - something I feel I haven?t read before in a grief novel. Brilliant tone as well (I was expecting this to be morbidly sad.) While I didn?t love the aspect of the story about her ex husband, I do...

    One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. I lost myself in it and emerged both wowed and haunted. It's relatively short but substantive and would make, imho, a great book for a reading group. ...

    I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. ...

    I couldn't really follow along with this one. I felt like it was too broken up and hard to follow. ...

    "Joy Enough" by Sarah McColl, is a beautifully written, courageously candid memoir about the loss of her mother. I won an ARC from Goodreads giveaways. ...

    This memoir is gorgeous. Full stop. Read it now. ...

    My Thoughts: This slim little memoir tried to pack a lot into a very small space and suffered for it. McColl seemed to have had much she wanted to share about her young life: the life and death of her mother, her own failing marriage, her journey toward graduate school, a new, better r...

    A super-short memoir: my favorite! And yet, I couldn't do it. Uber artsy-fartsy flowery language right from the start... which made it so difficult to understand and follow the plot. I was reading the "Advance Reading Copy"... I just hope she throws this nonsense in the garbage and sta...

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  • Lisa Cobb Sabatini
    Dec 21, 2018

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

  • Amelia Beckerman
    Jun 12, 2018

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...

    Beautifully written, profoundly sad, a gorgeous tribute to the author?s mom. ?What if I expect too much of life?? I asked. She shrugged. ?So what if you do?? ?I have never had the guts to call my mother?s oncologist. I still don?t want to be permanently on her sh...

    Sarah McColl is a gorgeous, generous writer; with the kind of gentleness, warmth, and depth of skill that makes even the most crushingly sad moments in her work feel hopeful and alive. This book is about grief ? but also about love and truth and understanding and discovering who we a...

    It was okay, although the bouncing around between past and present was a bit confusing. Some of the writing was overly purple prose, while other parts were beautifully done. But it was still a heartbreaking read as McColl not only tried to deal with her mother's death, but also the dis...

    I loved this memoir. Sarah speaks of the big things we all experience love and loss with a feminine and poetic voice. This is a book that lingers with you after you are done. I highly recommend reading it. It will make you cry at the fragility of love and at the same time deeply unders...

    Loved the exploration of what it means when someone says you are just like your mother - something I feel I haven?t read before in a grief novel. Brilliant tone as well (I was expecting this to be morbidly sad.) While I didn?t love the aspect of the story about her ex husband, I do...

    One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. I lost myself in it and emerged both wowed and haunted. It's relatively short but substantive and would make, imho, a great book for a reading group. ...

    I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. ...

    I couldn't really follow along with this one. I felt like it was too broken up and hard to follow. ...

    "Joy Enough" by Sarah McColl, is a beautifully written, courageously candid memoir about the loss of her mother. I won an ARC from Goodreads giveaways. ...

    This memoir is gorgeous. Full stop. Read it now. ...

    My Thoughts: This slim little memoir tried to pack a lot into a very small space and suffered for it. McColl seemed to have had much she wanted to share about her young life: the life and death of her mother, her own failing marriage, her journey toward graduate school, a new, better r...

    A super-short memoir: my favorite! And yet, I couldn't do it. Uber artsy-fartsy flowery language right from the start... which made it so difficult to understand and follow the plot. I was reading the "Advance Reading Copy"... I just hope she throws this nonsense in the garbage and sta...

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  • Pug
    Dec 03, 2018

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...

    Beautifully written, profoundly sad, a gorgeous tribute to the author?s mom. ?What if I expect too much of life?? I asked. She shrugged. ?So what if you do?? ?I have never had the guts to call my mother?s oncologist. I still don?t want to be permanently on her sh...

    Sarah McColl is a gorgeous, generous writer; with the kind of gentleness, warmth, and depth of skill that makes even the most crushingly sad moments in her work feel hopeful and alive. This book is about grief ? but also about love and truth and understanding and discovering who we a...

    It was okay, although the bouncing around between past and present was a bit confusing. Some of the writing was overly purple prose, while other parts were beautifully done. But it was still a heartbreaking read as McColl not only tried to deal with her mother's death, but also the dis...

    I loved this memoir. Sarah speaks of the big things we all experience love and loss with a feminine and poetic voice. This is a book that lingers with you after you are done. I highly recommend reading it. It will make you cry at the fragility of love and at the same time deeply unders...

    Loved the exploration of what it means when someone says you are just like your mother - something I feel I haven?t read before in a grief novel. Brilliant tone as well (I was expecting this to be morbidly sad.) While I didn?t love the aspect of the story about her ex husband, I do...

    One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. I lost myself in it and emerged both wowed and haunted. It's relatively short but substantive and would make, imho, a great book for a reading group. ...

    I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. ...

    I couldn't really follow along with this one. I felt like it was too broken up and hard to follow. ...

    "Joy Enough" by Sarah McColl, is a beautifully written, courageously candid memoir about the loss of her mother. I won an ARC from Goodreads giveaways. ...

    This memoir is gorgeous. Full stop. Read it now. ...

    My Thoughts: This slim little memoir tried to pack a lot into a very small space and suffered for it. McColl seemed to have had much she wanted to share about her young life: the life and death of her mother, her own failing marriage, her journey toward graduate school, a new, better r...

    A super-short memoir: my favorite! And yet, I couldn't do it. Uber artsy-fartsy flowery language right from the start... which made it so difficult to understand and follow the plot. I was reading the "Advance Reading Copy"... I just hope she throws this nonsense in the garbage and sta...

  • Claire Fuller
    Feb 04, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

  • Kayo
    Dec 30, 2018

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

  • Hazelj jones
    Jan 22, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

  • Kim Bakos
    Jan 24, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...

  • Bamboozlepig
    Jan 31, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...

    Beautifully written, profoundly sad, a gorgeous tribute to the author?s mom. ?What if I expect too much of life?? I asked. She shrugged. ?So what if you do?? ?I have never had the guts to call my mother?s oncologist. I still don?t want to be permanently on her sh...

    Sarah McColl is a gorgeous, generous writer; with the kind of gentleness, warmth, and depth of skill that makes even the most crushingly sad moments in her work feel hopeful and alive. This book is about grief ? but also about love and truth and understanding and discovering who we a...

    It was okay, although the bouncing around between past and present was a bit confusing. Some of the writing was overly purple prose, while other parts were beautifully done. But it was still a heartbreaking read as McColl not only tried to deal with her mother's death, but also the dis...

  • Amber
    Jan 10, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...

    Beautifully written, profoundly sad, a gorgeous tribute to the author?s mom. ?What if I expect too much of life?? I asked. She shrugged. ?So what if you do?? ?I have never had the guts to call my mother?s oncologist. I still don?t want to be permanently on her sh...

    Sarah McColl is a gorgeous, generous writer; with the kind of gentleness, warmth, and depth of skill that makes even the most crushingly sad moments in her work feel hopeful and alive. This book is about grief ? but also about love and truth and understanding and discovering who we a...

    It was okay, although the bouncing around between past and present was a bit confusing. Some of the writing was overly purple prose, while other parts were beautifully done. But it was still a heartbreaking read as McColl not only tried to deal with her mother's death, but also the dis...

    I loved this memoir. Sarah speaks of the big things we all experience love and loss with a feminine and poetic voice. This is a book that lingers with you after you are done. I highly recommend reading it. It will make you cry at the fragility of love and at the same time deeply unders...

    Loved the exploration of what it means when someone says you are just like your mother - something I feel I haven?t read before in a grief novel. Brilliant tone as well (I was expecting this to be morbidly sad.) While I didn?t love the aspect of the story about her ex husband, I do...

    One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. I lost myself in it and emerged both wowed and haunted. It's relatively short but substantive and would make, imho, a great book for a reading group. ...

    I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. ...

    I couldn't really follow along with this one. I felt like it was too broken up and hard to follow. ...

    "Joy Enough" by Sarah McColl, is a beautifully written, courageously candid memoir about the loss of her mother. I won an ARC from Goodreads giveaways. ...

    This memoir is gorgeous. Full stop. Read it now. ...

    My Thoughts: This slim little memoir tried to pack a lot into a very small space and suffered for it. McColl seemed to have had much she wanted to share about her young life: the life and death of her mother, her own failing marriage, her journey toward graduate school, a new, better r...

    A super-short memoir: my favorite! And yet, I couldn't do it. Uber artsy-fartsy flowery language right from the start... which made it so difficult to understand and follow the plot. I was reading the "Advance Reading Copy"... I just hope she throws this nonsense in the garbage and sta...

    ...

  • Jackie Bergeron
    Feb 16, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...

    Beautifully written, profoundly sad, a gorgeous tribute to the author?s mom. ?What if I expect too much of life?? I asked. She shrugged. ?So what if you do?? ?I have never had the guts to call my mother?s oncologist. I still don?t want to be permanently on her sh...

    Sarah McColl is a gorgeous, generous writer; with the kind of gentleness, warmth, and depth of skill that makes even the most crushingly sad moments in her work feel hopeful and alive. This book is about grief ? but also about love and truth and understanding and discovering who we a...

    It was okay, although the bouncing around between past and present was a bit confusing. Some of the writing was overly purple prose, while other parts were beautifully done. But it was still a heartbreaking read as McColl not only tried to deal with her mother's death, but also the dis...

    I loved this memoir. Sarah speaks of the big things we all experience love and loss with a feminine and poetic voice. This is a book that lingers with you after you are done. I highly recommend reading it. It will make you cry at the fragility of love and at the same time deeply unders...

    Loved the exploration of what it means when someone says you are just like your mother - something I feel I haven?t read before in a grief novel. Brilliant tone as well (I was expecting this to be morbidly sad.) While I didn?t love the aspect of the story about her ex husband, I do...

  • Joy
    Jan 28, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

  • E Emens
    Jan 19, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

  • Katie Melone
    Jan 09, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...

    Beautifully written, profoundly sad, a gorgeous tribute to the author?s mom. ?What if I expect too much of life?? I asked. She shrugged. ?So what if you do?? ?I have never had the guts to call my mother?s oncologist. I still don?t want to be permanently on her sh...

    Sarah McColl is a gorgeous, generous writer; with the kind of gentleness, warmth, and depth of skill that makes even the most crushingly sad moments in her work feel hopeful and alive. This book is about grief ? but also about love and truth and understanding and discovering who we a...

    It was okay, although the bouncing around between past and present was a bit confusing. Some of the writing was overly purple prose, while other parts were beautifully done. But it was still a heartbreaking read as McColl not only tried to deal with her mother's death, but also the dis...

    I loved this memoir. Sarah speaks of the big things we all experience love and loss with a feminine and poetic voice. This is a book that lingers with you after you are done. I highly recommend reading it. It will make you cry at the fragility of love and at the same time deeply unders...

    Loved the exploration of what it means when someone says you are just like your mother - something I feel I haven?t read before in a grief novel. Brilliant tone as well (I was expecting this to be morbidly sad.) While I didn?t love the aspect of the story about her ex husband, I do...

    One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. I lost myself in it and emerged both wowed and haunted. It's relatively short but substantive and would make, imho, a great book for a reading group. ...

    I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. ...

    I couldn't really follow along with this one. I felt like it was too broken up and hard to follow. ...

    "Joy Enough" by Sarah McColl, is a beautifully written, courageously candid memoir about the loss of her mother. I won an ARC from Goodreads giveaways. ...

    This memoir is gorgeous. Full stop. Read it now. ...

  • Anne E
    Jan 28, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...

    Beautifully written, profoundly sad, a gorgeous tribute to the author?s mom. ?What if I expect too much of life?? I asked. She shrugged. ?So what if you do?? ?I have never had the guts to call my mother?s oncologist. I still don?t want to be permanently on her sh...

    Sarah McColl is a gorgeous, generous writer; with the kind of gentleness, warmth, and depth of skill that makes even the most crushingly sad moments in her work feel hopeful and alive. This book is about grief ? but also about love and truth and understanding and discovering who we a...

    It was okay, although the bouncing around between past and present was a bit confusing. Some of the writing was overly purple prose, while other parts were beautifully done. But it was still a heartbreaking read as McColl not only tried to deal with her mother's death, but also the dis...

    I loved this memoir. Sarah speaks of the big things we all experience love and loss with a feminine and poetic voice. This is a book that lingers with you after you are done. I highly recommend reading it. It will make you cry at the fragility of love and at the same time deeply unders...

  • J. Huber
    Feb 04, 2019

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...

    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...

    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...

    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...

    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...

    Beautifully written, profoundly sad, a gorgeous tribute to the author?s mom. ?What if I expect too much of life?? I asked. She shrugged. ?So what if you do?? ?I have never had the guts to call my mother?s oncologist. I still don?t want to be permanently on her sh...

    Sarah McColl is a gorgeous, generous writer; with the kind of gentleness, warmth, and depth of skill that makes even the most crushingly sad moments in her work feel hopeful and alive. This book is about grief ? but also about love and truth and understanding and discovering who we a...

    It was okay, although the bouncing around between past and present was a bit confusing. Some of the writing was overly purple prose, while other parts were beautifully done. But it was still a heartbreaking read as McColl not only tried to deal with her mother's death, but also the dis...

    I loved this memoir. Sarah speaks of the big things we all experience love and loss with a feminine and poetic voice. This is a book that lingers with you after you are done. I highly recommend reading it. It will make you cry at the fragility of love and at the same time deeply unders...

    Loved the exploration of what it means when someone says you are just like your mother - something I feel I haven?t read before in a grief novel. Brilliant tone as well (I was expecting this to be morbidly sad.) While I didn?t love the aspect of the story about her ex husband, I do...

    One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. I lost myself in it and emerged both wowed and haunted. It's relatively short but substantive and would make, imho, a great book for a reading group. ...