Two Minus One: A Memoir

Two Minus One: A Memoir

“You can quit waiting for the other shoe to drop: I’m in it for life.” Those are the fateful, repeated words that help convince Kathryn Taylor to remarry, retire from her thirty-year profession, sell her home, and relocate in support of her new husband’s career. But five years later, in a car packed with food she has carefully prepared to nourish her husband’s dying brothe...

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Title:Two Minus One: A Memoir
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Two Minus One: A Memoir Reviews

  • Jill Anderson

    I read an ARC copy of this a while ago and realize I never posted my review!

    I haven't read much non-fiction lately but this is one that hit home with me, and will likely do the same with most women who have gone through a divorce, especially later in life.

    The author gives us a glimpse into her very painful (and unexpected) separation from her second husband who had given no indication ahead of time that he wanted a divorce. Blindsided, the author takes us deep into her journey of emotions - ever

    I read an ARC copy of this a while ago and realize I never posted my review!

    I haven't read much non-fiction lately but this is one that hit home with me, and will likely do the same with most women who have gone through a divorce, especially later in life.

    The author gives us a glimpse into her very painful (and unexpected) separation from her second husband who had given no indication ahead of time that he wanted a divorce. Blindsided, the author takes us deep into her journey of emotions - everything from wondering if she can go on (and trying to find the right therapist - and one that her insurance will take!) to adopting her dog, Lucy, to decisions to move, cut ties, rebuild her life, and reach out to help others (as she quotes ~ "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.")

    If you've been through something like this, you may find yourself nodding your head a lot throughout this quick read!

  • BookGypsy

    Divorce is never easy and divorce later in life (grey divorce) is even worse. This is the true account of Kathryn Taylor. How she fell in love and never saw the ending of her marriage coming. Blindsided by an opportunist that was suppose to love her. This book is very helpful for someone going through a divorce. It lets you know someone else has been through it and what they did to manage. That it is okay to go to therapy and seek council in your best interest. You can learn a great deal from th

    Divorce is never easy and divorce later in life (grey divorce) is even worse. This is the true account of Kathryn Taylor. How she fell in love and never saw the ending of her marriage coming. Blindsided by an opportunist that was suppose to love her. This book is very helpful for someone going through a divorce. It lets you know someone else has been through it and what they did to manage. That it is okay to go to therapy and seek council in your best interest. You can learn a great deal from this book. An emotional journey.

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  • Amy Gatliff

    I know countless people can relate to this book and find hope in their own situations. Kathryn Taylor has shared her heartache with us and allowed us to walk through the healing process with her. Healing doesn't come quick and easy but almost always takes time and perseverance. This book is a reminder to all of us that life can go on, and we can grow and enjoy life more than ever!

  • Kayo

    Interesting book about being blindsided in your marriage, and the subsequent divorce. What a mess author had to deal with. Dealing with divorce is never a picnic, having gone through it myself. Very informative.

    Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.

  • Vanessa

    What a surprising book this was. I was thoroughly engrossed in Kathryn's story and how she was just so honest and frank.

    Kathryn and her husband started their relationship as neighbours, then friends and then lovers and marriage. After blending their families together and moving for husbands job, Kathryn thought things were going well. She had no knowledge how things would turn.

    On a weekend away to visit Husband's dying brother, in the car he say's " I'm done with the marriage and don’t want to

    What a surprising book this was. I was thoroughly engrossed in Kathryn's story and how she was just so honest and frank.

    Kathryn and her husband started their relationship as neighbours, then friends and then lovers and marriage. After blending their families together and moving for husbands job, Kathryn thought things were going well. She had no knowledge how things would turn.

    On a weekend away to visit Husband's dying brother, in the car he say's " I'm done with the marriage and don’t want to talk about it,”.

    What a shock she had.

    Kathryn relied on her closet friend in her time of grief and after many tries found a therapist.

    Time heals all wonds - not so. But with the devastation of her husband leaving in such a shocking way, it took her time to sort through her feelings and move on.

    She has put her life out in ways that many wouldn't and it actually gave me hope that if this were to happen to myself or anyone I know, then I could draw from Kathryn's book and her strength that she possessed to get her through this period in her life.

    A must read, for anyone. Whether your in a relationship- solid or not.

  • Susan Peterson

    Two Minus One is an intimate account of the shocking and unexpected disintegration of a marriage. This memoir is the personal account of one woman’s emotional journey as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life and move forward through grief and loneliness. The author did a wonderful job of sharing this sad time in her life with honesty and integrity. This would be a great book for anyone who is going through a divorce or any painful time.

  • Ashley

    Never in a million years would I have guessed I’d an enjoy a memoir centered around divorce, but from the moment I picked up this book, I was completely absorbed in the author’s story. The writing in this book feels as if you have sat down for a deep conversation over lunch with a close friend.

    Never in a million years would I have guessed I’d an enjoy a memoir centered around divorce, but from the moment I picked up this book, I was completely absorbed in the author’s story. The writing in this book feels as if you have sat down for a deep conversation over lunch with a close friend. Two Minus One is deeply personal and told with unflinching honesty. There is absolutely no sugar-coating in this book, the author shares her personal triumphs and lowest lows with readers to help those possibly in similar situations, to gain perspective.

    I think every married person thinks about what divorce would entail, simply because it is so prevalent in the world. It’s terrible to imagine, and in many cases, it seems worse than facing the death of a loved one. In itself, it is a death of sharing a life with the one supposed to your other half. When the relationship crumbles, the loss must be one of the worst things a person can live through. Knowing my own thoughts on the subject as a married woman for the past decade of my life and witnessing the life changes martial separation forced personal friends into, I still had no proper understanding of the devastation divorce causes.

    Based upon my general lack of interest in the subject of divorce and the large age difference between myself and the author, I was surprised to find each time I picked up the book, I was completely engrossed in the story. In a small way, Kathryn’s journey read like Fiction because I was anxiously awaiting what would happen next. I felt almost as baffled and blindsided by her husband’s request to separate as she did, I was shocked by his accusations, and was eager to find out his reasoning.

    Ultimately, I found this memoir to be a stunning display of humanity, featuring both the beautiful and the ugly. I was impressed by the author’s resolve to push forward, even when getting up each day felt like more than she could bear. True strength lies in simply surviving the absolute worst when we feel our weakest and most broken, and I think the author exhibited her strength in the most profound way. I appreciated reading the wisdom age and experience provided the author, along with being able to learn by walking in her shoes. I’m grateful I read this book, though I have no experience in such a monumental situation, I now feel as if I have a better grasp of the heartbreak a broken marriage entails. If you’re a fan of memoirs, I recommend Two Minus One. I think many readers will be surprised by the life lessons they take away from this short book, simply by witnessing Kathryn Taylor’s fortitude.

  • Sherri Thacker

    While reading Two Minus One only one word comes to mind - MEN CAN BE JERKS! And I say that with an attitude!!! This was a fast read and I read it in just a couple of hours. This book is about a woman who’s husband decides out of the blue he doesn’t want to be married anymore and it’s her raw words of how she dealt with it all and started over. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book for my honest opinion.

  • Lisa

    Two Minus One is a memoir by Kathryn Taylor, released today! Thank you to @booksparks for sending me a copy as part of the Magic of Memoir tour.

    Kathryn tells the tale of what her life was like when her husband decides one day that he does not want to be married any more. She had recently moved away from family and retired from her 30 year profession in order to support his career, so she finds herself alone and too old to start again. Two Minus One follows her divorce and attempts to rebuild her

    Two Minus One is a memoir by Kathryn Taylor, released today! Thank you to @booksparks for sending me a copy as part of the Magic of Memoir tour.

    Kathryn tells the tale of what her life was like when her husband decides one day that he does not want to be married any more. She had recently moved away from family and retired from her 30 year profession in order to support his career, so she finds herself alone and too old to start again. Two Minus One follows her divorce and attempts to rebuild her life.

    I found this one hard to connect to. I felt like it was written more in a journal type reporting style than anything resembling conversational so I never really connected to the author as much as I’d have liked to. Her story is sad and her strength admirable, I just wish I was able to connect with her a little and really feel what she was going through. Her relationship was skimmed over with just day to day details so I never got the feeling that they even cared about each other. I hope this story helps others in the same situation though.

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