Monday, January 28, 2008

Book review: Dr. Joyce Brothers

About six years ago, when I was in the public library with the kids, I found Dr. Joyce Brothers' book, Widowed, which tells Dr. Joyce's personal tale of the death of her husband. Although I thought that Dr. Joyce, who is much older than I am, wouldn't understand what I was going through, I was wrong. She understood and was able to give me an idea that I'd get my life back. She did it in a down-to-earth, nitty gritty way, writing with emotion, compassion and, at times, laughter. It was exactly what I needed at the time.
Here is the description from Publisher's Weekly: Having for years advised women on how to face widowhood or other grievously damaging emotional experiments, popular psychologist Brothers ( What Every Woman Should Know About Love and Marriage ) here recounts how she rebuilt her own life after briefly considering suicide upon the 1989 death by cancer of her husband of 39 years. Accepting pain, the author asserts, is the first step toward healing. And although she describes the generally recognized stages of mourning, Brothers emphasizes that the intensity and duration of each stage vary greatly with the individual. Of particular interest to widows are her astute reflections on sex and remarriage based on candidly recalled incidents of her own widowhood, and practical tips on how to "join the parade of life again." This is a self-help guide of inestimable value. First serial to Good Housekeeping; Literary Guild alternate. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
You can find the book at the local public library or buy a used version of the book here online.
Until next time, remember you might be young, but you're not alone.

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