Thursday, September 8, 2011

BlogHer Book Club: Slow Love

Have you ever read a book where you spent the majority of it nodding in agreement? That was my experience while reading Dominique Browning's Slow Love. She tells the tale of her life after her company closes and she finds herself without a job. The transition from crazy hours to having nothing to do is not something to be taken lightly. Depression is a common occurrence in these instances and in her book Browning describes the downhill battle she experiences. One of my favorite lines in the book is her son's response to her selling their family home, "My son is right: time for that new Museum of Happiest Moments" (pg 86.) What a great way to look at a tough moment and turn it into a positive.

The story line is very relevant right now because of the state of our economy. As the unemployment rate reaches max limits in history, many people are finding themselves in similar situations to that of Browning. At one point she explains “one of the side effects of unemployment, for me, was such a sag in self-esteem that the antidote was to feel constantly needed, and to judge that by the ringing phone” (pg 106.) I think anyone that has abruptly stopped working has felt this at one point. The tale unwinds as she spends the year following her departure from the workforce finding her new happy place. And while it might be very different than what she might have once imagined, it is her new reality. Anyone in a similar situation can learn from her journey because while the stops might be different, the destination is the same. At the end of the day we all want to be happy.

Please join me at the BlogHer Book Club page
HERE for more discussions about this book.

This was a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

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