Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas,
and Found Happiness
and Found Happiness
By Dominique Browning
$23.00, Plume (Viking)
Publisher's synopsis: In late 2007, Dominique Browning, the editor-in-chief of Conde Nast's House & Garden, was informed that the magazine had folded-and she was out of a job. Suddenly divested of the income and sense of purpose that had driven her for most of her adult life, Browning panicked. But freed of the incessant pressure to multi-task and perform, she unexpectedly discovered a more meaningful way to live.
Browning's witty and thoughtful memoir has already touched a chord with reviewers and readers alike. While untold millions are feeling the stress of modern life, Slow Love eloquently reminds us to appreciate what we have-a timely message that we all need to hear.
Being made redundant is being made redundant at any level. Unemployed is unemployed. In her memoir Slow Love, former editor Dominique Browning shares her day to day new world of being jobless. While she does have things better than a lot of people whose job has been eliminated, it's still a hard place to find comfort.
Like the rest of us, Ms. Browning is insecure and worried. Her children are grown and she's on her own. Literally. I kept having to remind myself that this is really a memoir. I didn't see it as so much of a self help book, as it was an insight into how one woman evolved and survived in a real mid-life crisis. How she saw her world and what she did to get through her days.
While I did appreciate Ms. Browning's writing and being so open in sharing her life, I wondered where her editor had gone? Were they made redundant too? Parts in the last half of the book were painfully slow for me, and really could have been edited down or out all together. Because of this, I struggled to finish Slow Love, but I am glad that I did finish it. I thought I'd really love this book, I didn't...quite. However, I did appreciate it and am glad that I read it.
Ms. Browning, as the old saying goes, was handed a bag of lemons and she did manage to whip up a very nice lemon souffle.
I give this 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Buy the paperback or download the e-book.
This e-galley was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review and in no way affected my review.