- Confessions of a Worrywart: Husbands, Lovers, Mothers, and Others
- Confessions of a Worrywart: Husbands, Lovers, Mothers, and Others by Susan Orlins
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This imaginary encounter changes Orlins forever. Husbands, Lovers, Mothers, and Others will stay with you long after you finish reading it. Reviews "A first-rate personal essayist, Susan Orlins delivers the goods time and again. Underneath her self-mocking voice, her abundant humor, her brio, there is the serious candor of a moralist who worries the problems that won't go away.
Just be careful you don't crack a rib reading Confessions of a Worrywart. A multi-tasking mom, she knows how to show and hide her feelings simultaneously. When you have the time the kids are out of the house and your mom is in a home , read this book! You will identify and laugh. Getting the bed by the window in her future nursing home. What's NOT to worry about? Just ask Susan Orlins, America's funniest worrywart-not because you want to wring your hands, but because you want to laugh out loud.
Her offbeat take on all challenges, great and small, is a delight. For several years, she was a contributing editor at Moment Magazine, where she received a Rockower Award for her profile of sociolinguist Deborah Tannen. After adopting an infant in China in , Orlins wrote a letter home that appears in Women's Letters: In addition to her roles of worrywart, writer and mother, Orlins identifies most strongly as a bicycle rider.
Confessions of a Worrywart: Husbands, Lovers, Mothers, and Others
But don't mistake her for a sleek, zippy cyclist hunched over racing-style handlebars. She is none of that. Rather, she plods along high and upright, arms spread wide, more Mary Poppins than Lance Armstrong. Worrywarts can be versatile, so Orlins' anxiety casts a wide net. Now granted, I'm a single woman with no kids and only a few cats to keep me company, but in theory we were kind of similar at those times where she was single in the book.
Confessions of a Worrywart is Susan Orlins memoir of her life from middle school until the present. A lot of it has to do with her obsession over boys; meeting them, doing things with them, finding that one and special love. Although she's not one for settling and actually bounces around searching for what she wants for awhile. She goes on to meet a man whom she marries and has kids with 3 daughters and settles into the role of raising them until something comes along to change that as well.
This is a memoir, so it is about Susan. And I'm sure in person she is really interesting, she sounds confident and fun to be around based on this book. But actually reading about her life in that big of a time span, I just had trouble keeping interested. I'm not boy crazy by any means, and I found the amount of time she spent obsessing about men inconceivable to me. Although I do admire the way she appreciates her single time and isn't afraid to do anything on her own, I feel that a lot of it she didn't seem to enjoy because she was too busy worrying about a man showing up.
Her daughters make small appearances in this book, and I would have liked to find out more about their lives; what careers they went into, etc.
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Her ex-husband she wrote about fairly and it seems like they've got a working relationship for the kid's sake. The book was well written. Orlins puts a little humor into her books, although I was a little startled at the beginning when certain sexual things were just throw right in there with no warning. It doesn't bother me at all, it just completely switched the whole tone of the book when I wasn't expecting it. I did find that the book was a little overly long and detailed for my taste.
But once again, that could be because I couldn't relate to the author. It was broken up into chunks of years that were mostly in a time consistent order and situations within those chunks of years.
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I found her stay in China especially interesting and it was probably one of my favored parts of the book. One thing I do have to say though, is that this book talks about her being a worrywart. I really didn't see any of that worrying until well over a hundred pages into the book, and even then it wasn't something I associated with a worrywart, just a normal amount of worry.
The memoir was more about life in general. People who grew up in Orlin's surroundings might get a better appreciation for this book than I did.
Confessions of a Worrywart: Husbands, Lovers, Mothers, and Others by Susan Orlins
While it was easy to read and had well articulated thoughts, I just couldn't get into the book. Confessions of a Worrywart Copyright pages Review by M. Reynard More of my reviews can be found at www.
Sep 25, Sheila rated it really liked it Shelves: Susan Orlins has collected blogposts and essays together into a pleasingly low-key memoir of her life. By turns intriguing, frustrating, humorous, empowering or simply annoying, she lets readers into the innermost thoughts of Susan the boy-mad teenager, live-in girlfriend, survivor of broken marriages, broken promises, motherhood and apple pie, and world traveler. The essays vary in length and depth, with some of the shortest carrying the sharpest message, and some of the longest reading like ch Susan Orlins has collected blogposts and essays together into a pleasingly low-key memoir of her life.
The essays vary in length and depth, with some of the shortest carrying the sharpest message, and some of the longest reading like chapters in a sixties coming-of-age novel. Mostly she worries about boys—confessions of a serial dater perhaps. But other worries do surface then slide away, real rather than strange, making her seem like any other woman on the street. Beautiful descriptions bring Beijing to life while devastating honesty reveals the source of cracks in a seemingly strong marriage. When a toy is lost in another tale, I remember every lost toy and lost opportunity with my sons.
When Susan travels on a sleeper train I watch the passing carnival.
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I was given a free ecopy of this book with a request for my honest review. Apr 18, Wendy rated it liked it Shelves: I won "Confessions of a Worrywart" from the Goodreads Giveaways, and enjoyed this witty and humorous memoir of events that lead to the writer's insatiable worries at the best and worst of times in her life. I thoroughly admire Susan Orlin's determination to learn Mandarin, her independent spirit in exploring Peking by bicycle and her constant need to be a good mother to her three girls.
Even when facing the upheaval and instability that results from her husband Jeff's infidelity and their divorc I won "Confessions of a Worrywart" from the Goodreads Giveaways, and enjoyed this witty and humorous memoir of events that lead to the writer's insatiable worries at the best and worst of times in her life. Even when facing the upheaval and instability that results from her husband Jeff's infidelity and their divorce Susan Orlin's courage and indomitable spirit never falters, although she does prescribe to using professional counselling when things get too rough.
With wit and candor she explores the emotional ups and downs of her life from her early dating years and into her 50's, to the death of her mother. In every situation and with every insight she exposes her vulnerabilities, and reveals her strength of character. What I did find disconcerting was her continual worry about finding a man that would not only bring her sexual gratification but happiness.
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