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From the host of the popular podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking comes a wise, humorous road map and caring resource for anyone going through the loss of a loved one - or even a difficult life moment.

In the span of a few weeks, 30-something Nora McInerny had a miscarriage, lost her father to cancer, and lost her husband due to a brain tumor. Her life fell apart.

What Nora discovered during this dark time is that when you’re in these hard moments, it can feel impossible to feel like even a shadow of the person you once were. People will give you all sorts of advice of how to hold on to your sanity and sense of self. But how exactly? How do you find that person again? Welcome to The Hot Young Widows Club, Nora’s response to the toughest questions about life’s biggest struggles.

The Hot Young Widows Club isn’t just for people who have lost a spouse but an essential tool for anyone who has gone through a major life struggle. Based on her own experiences and those of the listeners dedicated to her podcast, Terrible, Thanks for Asking, Nora offers wise, heartfelt, and often humorous advice to anyone navigating a painful period in his or her life. Full of practical guidance, Nora also reminds us that it’s still okay to laugh, despite your deep grief. She explores how listeners can educate the people around them on what to do, what to say, and how to best to lend their support. 

Ultimately, this audiobook is a space for people to recognize that they aren’t alone and to learn how to get through life’s hardest moments with grace and humor and even hope. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Nora McInerny (P)2019 Simon & Schuster/TED

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Took the words right out of my mouth

I am a widow and felt every single word that was written. I cried I laughed and I was saying YES YES YES... I need to buy this book for EVERYONE!! A MUST READ so well done!! I do hate being apart of this club. RIP peace my beloved Fred 1/24/18

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Excellent

For anyone who has personally experienced a loss or knows someone who has experienced a loss... so basically every single person... this book is for you. Nora provides wonderful insight into the mind and world of a grieving person and I thoroughly appreciate her insight.

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helpful

someone at work pissed me off at work the other day when they said "you'll get married again someday you are young" I had to rant to my Facebook group. I lost my husband to covid-19 complications.. and this book was suggested to me. i feel a lot better. thank you.

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I felt understood

for the first time since losing my wife I felt understood and heard. no one around me knows what this is like.... she does and she said all the things that we as widows feel and think. everybody needs to read this book

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Something I definitely needed

It was great to hear about others experience with grief and loss. Thought I was crazy for still being so sad about it even after 27 years. Thank you so much for this book!

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A must for those who have lost someone

This is the first review I’ve written but I needed to express that this book is the first time I felt understood. Every chapter I felt seen. Nobody in my life quite understands what it’s like to have the love of your life pass away, but this book explains it. And not in a cheesy psychological way. In a real, easy to listen to way. Makes me feel less alone to know that the way I feel after almost 4 years of my boyfriend passing away is completely normal and valid. Great job.

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What would we do without Nora?

Grief is a tricky experience - and one we would rather avoid. Unfortunately, we don’t get to. Thankfully, there are people like Nora who can guide us and reassure us and make things a little less terrible.

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Exactly what I needed.

As a new member to the club, this book is exactly what I needed to hear. There were literally moments when I was listening and my jaw would drop in amazement. I know this will be a book I read and reread and gift to others to read and reread.

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Grief of a Widow and Her Big Middle Finger!

hit every single base and more to help find hope again that life is not over even at 26 and that I need to grieve the way I feel like.

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A Must Read

This book was so amazing, I finished it the first night. It was like the author and I shared the same brain. Everything I have felt and continue to feel was here, in black and white, on paper....it made me feel normal and okay that I'm not okay. Thank you Nora for sharing your very personal experience. We may need a Cincinnati division of the Hot Young Widows Club ❤

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  • 05-17-19

Love it

she says everything I'm feeling, just wish it was a longer book, would love to hear more!

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  • 06-11-21

Same same but slightly different

I felt like after the death of my husband, someone had climbed into my brain and written my thoughts .

An amazing read affirming that the cycle of grief is our own, no matter which way we chose to handle it.

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  • Anita Blade
  • 10-07-20

Enlightening and true

I was widowed 20 months ago and also widowed previously 21 years ago. I feel the grief from both men still.

The author really hit the nail on the head. she knows exactly how it is and how unfeeling people can be to widowed people.

I will recommend this book as compulsory reading to everyone not just widows. That's because all people should learn how to deal with grief.

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  • 05-07-19

The best book for loss

Noone else has explained my feelings as well has Nora did. Definitely a book for everyone.