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Green Vanilla Tea: One Family's Extraordinary Journey Of Love, Hope, And Remembering (2014)

by Marie Williams(Favorite Author)
4.2 of 5 Votes: 5
1626251975 (ISBN13: 9781626251977)
New Harbinger Publications
review 1: This is by far the best book I have read this year. I don't want to summarize much because that's available in the description, but Marie Williams' ability to put her perceptions and feelings into such eloquent words and expressive sentences is nothing short of divine in my opinion. This story was very important for me to read. It has expanded my understanding of life: It can be a world away for someone down the street, or on the other side of town, or in this case in Australia, even when they live with the material comforts and social protections of the developed world. Beyond my personal gain, I feel this story is important because it addresses the frustration I (and I hope others) feel as a result of living in societies too ready to embrace happiness but that rarely aff... moreord any airtime to actually pausing and FEELING painful, confusing, inexplicable experiences, like losing a loved one- as opposed to just numbing and avoiding the pain they elicit. Even though the story in this book was so far from my experience, I never felt alienated throughout the book, because what small part of this family's story was communicated was done so flawlessly. I can't thank Marie enough in my heart for publishing this intimate story -and thereby making herself more vulnerable than I think I would ever be willing to make myself- even if it had more to do with personal reasons than for enriching other people's lives with it. Wow.
review 2: Too depressing. Personal stories often fall into one of two categories -Aren't I wonderful? or Woe is me. This book has a bit of both! As frustrating as her position was there were times I thought she was self absorbed and negligent. Couldn't warm to her story but did feel for her husband and son. I feel a bit mean saying this but it's how I feel. I read this after listening to someone, whose opinion I respect, recommended it. It was against my better judgement to read it. I wanted to be wrong but the more I read the more I disliked the book. less
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Beautifully written. Heartbreaking. What an incredibly strong family.
A tale of personal tragedy turned into a lesson for us all.
Very beautifully written and insightful story of loss.
Amazing book! I wish this author would write more.
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