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I might buy the Kindle or paper version for the recipes, but other than that I can't really recommend this book. With such a title I was expecting something more uplifting, but instead got a continuous rant about how awful this woman thought her family had been to her. It's like going out for a coffee date with a friend who really needs a shoulder to cry on and then not leaving for several days. I like helping my friends, but I really don't appreciate paying for the privilege of helping a stranger, especially when I thought I was getting entertainment. The whole experience is made worse by a strained narration style that sounds like the reader is always out of breath. The whole experience made me tense!
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An educated woman with a pleasantly dysfunctional Southern background, who has held one or two dream jobs, experiences tragedy and goes on an odyssey to find a new life for herself. Ms. Nunn is a good enough writer to make the parts of the story that are most valuable--the cooking stories--an interesting and entertaining read. She's also smart enough to acknowledge, at least occasionally, that she has mostly lived a privileged adult life and hers are certainly &amp;quot;first world&amp;quot; problems. That's not to say that losing a sibling, as well as a relationship with the man who was going to be &amp;quot;the one&amp;quot;, is not enough to make anyone wish they could just get in their car, point it somewhere, and go. The hard part is for most people, that's all it could be, a wish. For most of us, we might be able to take a few days off, but then it's back to a job and the daily grind if we want to eat and have a place to live. In trying to work through the current trauma, as well as one's from the past, Ms. Nunn crisscrosses the landscape, spending a few months with these relatives, a few weeks with this old friend, and sounds as if she's having a delightful time doing it. But for anyone who has had to struggle through painful and devastating events without a host of eccentric, smart, or loving characters to take you into their beautiful homes and relieve you of the need to make living....well, I guess I should be more empathetic. Every time she mentions she's lost everything--apartment, job, boyfriend, money--I want to ask her, &amp;quot;but how are you getting around? how are you buying a cup of coffee and putting gas in your car?&amp;quot; If you can enjoy the book for its culinary action, you'll get a satisfying meal; if you expect to gain insight on overcoming grief or breakups, not so much.
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