This Particular Happiness by Jackie Shannon Hollis audiobook

This Particular Happiness: A Childless Love Story

By Jackie Shannon Hollis
Foreword read by Kate Mulligan
Read by Jackie Shannon Hollis

Blackstone Publishing

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 12/31/2019

    ISBN: 9781982693022

  • Available on 12/31/2019

    ISBN: 9781982693015

  • Available on 12/31/2019

    ISBN: 9781982693039

Runtime: 7.45 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

As a farm girl in eastern Oregon, feeding bottles to bummer lambs and babysitting her little sister, Jackie Shannon Hollis expected to become a mother someday. After a series of failed relationships, she met Bill, the man she wanted to spend her life with. But he was a man who never wanted children. Saying I do meant saying I don’t to a rite of passage her body had prepared her for since puberty.

Told in short nonlinear chapters, This Particular Happiness explores the fracturing of female identity as Shannon Hollis questions her childless decision, navigates her roles as daughter and wife and sister and friend, and ultimately learns to listen to her own heart. This debut memoir is about what we keep and what we abandon to make space in our lives for love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This Particular Happiness, is a deeply moving story about Jackie Shannon Hollis’s decades-long yearning to have a child―and her complicated decision not to. But it’s also about so much more than that. With honesty, generosity, precision, and insight, Hollis writes the story of her life―from her girlhood in rural Oregon, where she both broke and followed the rules, to her hard-earned self-acceptance at middle age. This Particular Happiness is a gloriously wise memoir about one woman’s unexpected path to becoming.” Cheryl Strayed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wild
“We all know that having a child changes everything, but so, too, does not having one, and in Hollis’s brave, moving memoir, she explores the bliss, the yearning, the making peace with a life she and her partner chose (and didn’t choose), and how happiness takes on shapes we can never imagine. The perfect book for anyone contemplating motherhood―or not!” Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
“An ideal memoirist. Her prose is honest and open; she presents herself, with all her shortcomings, in the same direct light as her other characters.” The Oregonian
“This Particular Happiness examines the particularly female journey―how and where do we make room for love? And whether lover, wife, mother, or daughter, how can we be our most authentic selves? Jackie Shannon Hollis explores this rich terrain with clarity and courage, in spare and lovely prose evocative of the high plains landscape and fertile farmland she hails from.” Jennie Shortridge, author of Love Water Memory
“This deeply engaging memoir wrestles with one of the most important questions of all: Why do we want what we want? Jackie Shannon Hollis explores how her own desires have been shaped by a culture that celebrates ‘mother’ more than any other role for women, and the possibilities that open up when she chooses not to play the role. A vibrant, absorbing, intimate book.” Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks
“A celebration of living life using your own damn map.” Yuvi Zalkow, author of A Brilliant Novel in the Works

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Author Bio: Jackie Shannon Hollis

Author Bio: Jackie Shannon Hollis

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 7.45
Audience: Adult
Language: English