The New Me



[Reading] ➸ The New Me By Mary Marcus – E17streets4all.co.uk Harriet is floundering She s in her early forties, her kids have gone to college, her marriage feels empty, her cable TV cooking show has lost its sense of inspiration, and she longs to leave the West Harriet is floundering She s in her early forties, her kids have gone to college, her marriage feels empty, her cable TV cooking show has lost its sense of inspiration, and she longs to leave the West Coast for New York Then one day she meets Lydia, a gorgeous woman in her late twenties Lydia reminds her so much of herself a decade or so past, and her husband, who hardly likes anything, likes Lydia as well It slowly dawns on Harriet that Lydia could be the The New PDF or answer to everything that s ailing her All she needs to do is turn Lydia into The New Me Reminiscent of the work of Susan Isaacs and Nora Ephron, The New Me is a witty, poignant, perceptive, and beautifully written novel about change and the price of becoming who you want to be.The New Me

Very BrieflyI was born and raised in Louisiana, but left for New York after graduating from Tulane I worked very hard to get rid of my southern accent, and now I wish I hadn t For many years, I worked in the advertising and fashion industries for Neiman Marcus, Vogue, Lancome, Faberge and San Rio Toys where I worked on the Hello Kitty Brand My short fiction has appeared in North Atlantic Review, Fiction, Jewish Women s Literary Journal and othersMy husband, Joel Goodman and I live The New PDF or in Los Angeles and East Hampton, New York We have a grown son, Amos GoodmanWhy I WriteReading a book has always seemed to me to be the greatest magic trick You hold an inanimate object in your hands, you look down and wham, you re transported into an entirely different reality You encounter people you know instantly and go to places you ve never been before Deep reading is a relationship of complete trust when it s really workingTo say my best friends are books may be an exaggeration but my favorite books are like best friends they make me laugh, they entertain me, we have fun together, I find out appalling things, wonderful things and I m continually moved I never get sick of them and books never get sick of me unlike my human friends Books are also very low maintenance unlike people requiring nothan a nice shelf and a little dusting once in a while And of course, books don t have anything else to do other than hang out with me unlike my flesh and blood friends and family who have such busy schedulesI have an electronic reader now that I like, but am just a little afraid of, that stores thousands of books and that seems to me to be both slightly sinful as well as gluttonous but in the nicest possible way When I get in bed with my electronic reader and it lights up the dark, I feel like a teenager with a flashlightAll my close friends are so called creative types consequently no one really except strangers or half acquaintances ever ask me why I became a writer I was thinking about it this morning why writing has always seemed to me to be the only thing to do other than painting or pot throwing or drawing, though I can t do any of those and that s because writing is the only form of power I really trust And doesn t involve telling other people what to do Which I never seem able to do with any kind of authority or enthusiasmFahrenheit is the scariest book that has ever been writtenI d be insane or dead if it weren t for books.

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  • Paperback
  • 219 pages
  • The New Me
  • Mary Marcus
  • 21 November 2018
  • 1611881382

10 thoughts on “The New Me

  1. says:

    Now if I were a vindictive kinda person, I might give this book a low down dirty dog rating See, I just received it in the mail yesterday afternoon, thanks to a Goodreads giveaway win and since I d just finished reading another book, I had absolutely no intention of starting this one yet None at all Well, you know how it goes Just as I was about to go to bed, I picked this sneaky little book up and figured I d read a quickie page or two just to get a feel for it before I hit the sack Yeah Now if I were a vindictive kinda person, I might give this book a low down dirty dog rating See, I just received it in the mail yesterday afternoon, thanks to a Goodreads giveaway win and since I d just finished reading another book, I had absolutely no intention of starting this one yet None at all Well, you know how it goes Just as I was about to go to bed, I picked this sneaky little book up and figured I d read a quickie page or two just to get a feel for it before I hit the sack Yeah, right I got a REAL good feel for it I felt and read the whole darned thing before I went to bed I know, my choice, but doggone it, at my age, I need all the beauty sleep I can get Anyhow, as you can tell, I liked this book Very much The story is certainly a unique and enjoyable one, but my favorite thing about this book is the author s style of writing It s very natural and smooth flowing, and has the ability to suck the reader in like a best gal pal telling a tale around the kitchen table over a glass of wine And what a tale it is Any woman who has ever suppressed the urge to whop her beloved husband silly with a bed pillow will be able to relate to Harriet s ambivalence about her marriage And trust me, her husband Julesthan deserves a good pillow whopping But no, that s not Harriet s style She sof a primal scream in the shower kinda gal.When their twin sons head off to college, the empty nest makes their empty marriage evennoticeable To Harriet, anyway Jules is too self absorbed to notice anything That is, until Harriet brings the young lovely lithe Lydia home and moves her into their son s room Her, he definitely notices Is Harriet offering the young lovely lithe Lydia to her husband as a replacement Sorry You ll have to read the book to find out for yourself But you might wanta start reading before midnight

  2. says:

    Harriet has reached her forties She s been married for twenty years Her television cooking show is slipping in the ratings and her twin sons have just left for college when she meets Lydia, a younger, newer version of herself The two become fast friends and when Lydia needs a place to live, Harriet offers her son s old room By her own admission, she pretty much serves her husband up on a silver platter only to question whether this might have been what she wanted all along I found this to Harriet has reached her forties She s been married for twenty years Her television cooking show is slipping in the ratings and her twin sons have just left for college when she meets Lydia, a younger, newer version of herself The two become fast friends and when Lydia needs a place to live, Harriet offers her son s old room By her own admission, she pretty much serves her husband up on a silver platter only to question whether this might have been what she wanted all along I found this to be a unique and refreshing twist Mary Marcus debut novel is a very enjoyable, highly entertaining read that is filled with witty, introspective humor and astute observations on aging, marriage, and parenthood She has been compared to Nora Ephron and I would have to agree You will be laughing out loud with this one

  3. says:

    The New Me is a touching, hypnotic, and skillfully executed tale of tradeoffs, love, desire, and the all important caveat to be wary of what you may seek The novel is effective on many levels and while it will surely delight the causal reader seeking escapism, it also resonates on a far deeper and sinister plane.

  4. says:

    The New Me by Mary Marcus is very different from the author s other book, Lavina Lavina is historical fiction and this book is contemporary black comedy I read The New Me during a month long cold The pacing is fast but I was too sick to enjoy it as much as I would have liked The story struck close to home, a woman in her forties not that excited about her career, in an unhappy marriage Jules, her husband was not a good pick He was self centered, immature, not that honest, a scrooge except The New Me by Mary Marcus is very different from the author s other book, Lavina Lavina is historical fiction and this book is contemporary black comedy I read The New Me during a month long cold The pacing is fast but I was too sick to enjoy it as much as I would have liked The story struck close to home, a woman in her forties not that excited about her career, in an unhappy marriage Jules, her husband was not a good pick He was self centered, immature, not that honest, a scrooge except with himself and rarely spent time with the children He was also a demanding germaphobe but that is OK with me as long as you can get the germaphobe to do the cleaning Harriet is stuck in a bad marriage and just seems to wear a sign, Walk all over me, if you want Harriet meets a younger version of herself but with dark black hair andup top Lydia is also from New York and recently moved to California It was difficult for me to believe that Lydia could not find an apartment My memory tells me that there are actually a lot of choices It all depends on what you want to give up But Harriet invites Lydia to move in one of her twin boy s room Both of them are away from college.There are sparks of humor sprinkled here and there but mostly, I wanted to bop some sense into Harriet I wanted to tell her to throw away that sign, get rid of Jules and forget about Lydia But this is not my book This book makes you think how wrong Harriet was She did change her life but it was a strange change Was she really looking for a replacement for herself for her husband or what was she thinking When the humor was strong, I wantedI felt the humor dial could have been turned up some.I received this Advance Reading Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review My thoughts and feelings in this review are completely my own

  5. says:

    I was quickly drawn into the story and into the lives of the characters I read the book in one sitting all the way through The characters were all well written and believable so believable in fact that I thoroughly disliked the husband who I thought was quite self absorbed and immature from his wife and what she went through in there relationship was so selfless, I understood how subconsciously she did what she did to herself and their lives There was quite a few characters I would have like I was quickly drawn into the story and into the lives of the characters I read the book in one sitting all the way through The characters were all well written and believable so believable in fact that I thoroughly disliked the husband who I thought was quite self absorbed and immature from his wife and what she went through in there relationship was so selfless, I understood how subconsciously she did what she did to herself and their lives There was quite a few characters I would have liked to engage withfor instants the twins had some interesting insights into the family dynamics that I felt the heroine had blinders on from the very start of the married life I would have liked her to realize thatand , however I felt she finally did in the end In the end I felt the old adage careful what you wish for was so true in this case I enjoyed this book.My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher The Story Plant for the digital copy for my honest review

  6. says:

    I would have liked to give this four stars, I really would I found the story itself rather engaging, and loads of sentences and paragraphs in this short little book are quotable and apropos in my little life But Yes, you sensed the but coming The punctuation drove me ape commas missing or inserted in completely inappropriate fashion Perhaps Mary s speaking writing style or dialect is just that dissimilar to mine, but I found myself having to re read entire passages multiple times, unfort I would have liked to give this four stars, I really would I found the story itself rather engaging, and loads of sentences and paragraphs in this short little book are quotable and apropos in my little life But Yes, you sensed the but coming The punctuation drove me ape commas missing or inserted in completely inappropriate fashion Perhaps Mary s speaking writing style or dialect is just that dissimilar to mine, but I found myself having to re read entire passages multiple times, unfortunately not because they spoke to me, but because the pauses didn t make sense to my brain Maybe this calls my reading comprehension into question, or maybe the editor proofreading, but this fault succeeded in subtracting a star from my rating I will addto this review later, I just wanted to get that point down before I forgot it

  7. says:

    I really enjoyed this book I loved Harriet and the way the story was told how she shared the tale of the new her by relating herself to the new her in her husband s life and in her old home I was devastated by the dog s role in the story awwwwwww and loved to see the action unfold I was also drawn to Dan and loved his growth as he moved to college and started a relationship how that helped him see his pastclearly I definitely recommend this book.

  8. says:

    This was one of those books I couldn t help but stay up and finish Harriet, and her quest to reinvent herself, transcends age and gender and speaks to our common struggles as individuals Hilarious, poignant, and fun A must read

  9. says:

    I received The New Me in a goodreads giveaway I could not put the book down, I read it in a day I had to know what was going to happen with Harriet, Jules Lydia I m also a foodie so all the talk about food cooking was a plus I received The New Me in a goodreads giveaway I could not put the book down, I read it in a day I had to know what was going to happen with Harriet, Jules Lydia I m also a foodie so all the talk about food cooking was a plus

  10. says:

    I did not like this book at all I could not identify with the character, she is so whiny and naive but not in a way that you feel sorry for her I thought it would be an empowering book, completely the opposite.

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