Two Minus One
“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 brother, the other shoe does drop. Taylor’s husband unexpectedly proclaims he is, “done with the marriage and doesn’t want to talk about it.”With this, the life Taylor has come to know is over. Relying on the strength of a lifelong friend who refuses to let her succumb to the intense waves of grief, she slowly begins to find her way out of the shadows of grief. Over the course of two years, through appointments with attorneys and therapists, purging shared belongings, and pushing herself to meet new people and do new things, Taylor not only regains a sense of control in her life, she also learns to enjoy the new life she has built, the friendships she’s formed—and to savor her newfound strength.

Two Minus One Details

TitleTwo Minus One
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 6th, 2018
PublisherShe Writes Press
ISBN-139781631524547
Rating
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction

Two Minus One Review

  • Sherri Thacker
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • BookGypsy
    January 1, 1970
    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.DawnnyNovels N LatteBook Blog
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Amy Gatliff
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Kayo
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jill Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Lorrie Griffith
    January 1, 1970
    I am not a big book reader. This was a complimentary ARC copy and I know the author personally, so was very interested to read this memoir. I would have never guessed by knowing the author that she went thru such trials in her life. She is truly an inspiration. the book was hard to put down; couldn't wait to see her next conquest! The book will give you a new outlook on life and you will realize that "the grass is not always greener on the other side".
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  • Susan Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Aggie
    January 1, 1970
    A true story about being blindsided by marriage and promises. Great memoir, will draw you in and wont let go. Very sad and uplifting at the same time.Thank you NetGalley for the free advance copy!
  • Literary Soirée
    January 1, 1970
    TWO MINUS ONE: A MEMOIR by Kathryn Taylor is a heartbreakingly honest recounting of a heartless dumping by a gutless husband and the slow road back to recovery. The author is unsparing in her emotions, which makes this such a supportive book for anyone going through an unexpected, unwanted divorce. TWO MINUS ONE is another engaging example of the fine works written in the female voice published by She Writes Press. Highly recommended! Pub Date 06 Nov 2018Thanks to She Writes Press and NetGalley TWO MINUS ONE: A MEMOIR by Kathryn Taylor is a heartbreakingly honest recounting of a heartless dumping by a gutless husband and the slow road back to recovery. The author is unsparing in her emotions, which makes this such a supportive book for anyone going through an unexpected, unwanted divorce. TWO MINUS ONE is another engaging example of the fine works written in the female voice published by She Writes Press. Highly recommended! Pub Date 06 Nov 2018Thanks to She Writes Press and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine.#TwoMinusOne #NetGalley
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  • Kristine
    January 1, 1970
    I found this memoir about being blindsided in a marriage and then subsequent divorce informative. It was an intriguing and fascinating read. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a digital ARC for me to read and review.
  • Janet Graham
    January 1, 1970
    Thriving Solo After DivorceThrough the concise telling of her story, those of us who belong to the Sisterhood of Abandoned Wives can begin to heal ourselves. 'Gray Divorce' of older women presents many different issues than those faced by younger women. By realizing our needs we can help ourselves out of the hell hole of pain, loneliness and guilt. The author takes us along on her journey and we learn as she learns, what to take and what to leave behind. This is an emotional book for any divorce Thriving Solo After DivorceThrough the concise telling of her story, those of us who belong to the Sisterhood of Abandoned Wives can begin to heal ourselves. 'Gray Divorce' of older women presents many different issues than those faced by younger women. By realizing our needs we can help ourselves out of the hell hole of pain, loneliness and guilt. The author takes us along on her journey and we learn as she learns, what to take and what to leave behind. This is an emotional book for any divorced woman to read, but it can be cathartic to healing. I received this book for free and this is my honest review.
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  • Mary-Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Readers will benefit from traveling with the author on her unexpected journey. The raw emotion and authentic experiences reveal the author’s fortitude and survival instincts. Readers learn how to endure and recover. The hope and insights provided will be valuable to readers that are dealing with divorce or any other life altering situation.
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  • Lovely Loveday
    January 1, 1970
    Two Minus One is an emotional heartfelt read that is sure to pull at your heartstrings. There are times in your life when life throws you a curve ball and you have to decide on how you will react. Taylor has beautifully written a novel that comes from the heart as she shares her own personal story of love and heartache. A story that shows how she chose the path of light and not darkness by choosing to overcome grief and suffering. While you never forget, you can find ways to accept the things yo Two Minus One is an emotional heartfelt read that is sure to pull at your heartstrings. There are times in your life when life throws you a curve ball and you have to decide on how you will react. Taylor has beautifully written a novel that comes from the heart as she shares her own personal story of love and heartache. A story that shows how she chose the path of light and not darkness by choosing to overcome grief and suffering. While you never forget, you can find ways to accept the things you cannot control. This remarkable read is perfect for anyone who has experienced loss, suffering, or heartache. 
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  • Crystal Zavala
    January 1, 1970
    First, let me say that I love this cover!Two Minus One is a petite memoir about Kathy's "grey divorce". Kathy had been a single Mom and met her new husband before he decided to divorce his first wife. Kathy's second husband asked for a divorce out of the blue and this memoir is about the difficulties of moving past this surprise ending.At first, I wasn't sure that I could relate to Kathy's divorce because of the age gap, but in the end I felt like women that have gone through a divorce that is n First, let me say that I love this cover!Two Minus One is a petite memoir about Kathy's "grey divorce". Kathy had been a single Mom and met her new husband before he decided to divorce his first wife. Kathy's second husband asked for a divorce out of the blue and this memoir is about the difficulties of moving past this surprise ending.At first, I wasn't sure that I could relate to Kathy's divorce because of the age gap, but in the end I felt like women that have gone through a divorce that is not their own choice will be able to relate to Kathy. In my opinion Kathy was being "gaslit" at the end so that her husband could leave without a guilty conscience. Personally, I was married and divorced at a young age and my ex-husband did the same thing, until I found out the real reason he left.The flow of writing was quick and easy to read. I am glad that Kathy's chose the form of writing to help move past her divorce. I tend to enjoy memoirs where I feel like I got to know the author and I find myself wanting to give them advice or support them in their journeys. This is one of those memoirs.
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  • Nan Williams
    January 1, 1970
    It would seem that this book was written at the direction of a therapist to review her life and marriage through rose colored glasses and then to attempt to justify her reaction to her husband’s wanting a divorce. I understand that that can be very helpful to those undergoing therapy for various problems. I can not understand wanting to air one’s dirty linen in public. And of course, she didn’t think she did. She was careful to present herself as the perfect woman, the perfect wife, the perfect It would seem that this book was written at the direction of a therapist to review her life and marriage through rose colored glasses and then to attempt to justify her reaction to her husband’s wanting a divorce. I understand that that can be very helpful to those undergoing therapy for various problems. I can not understand wanting to air one’s dirty linen in public. And of course, she didn’t think she did. She was careful to present herself as the perfect woman, the perfect wife, the perfect friend. One does not have to be trained in psychology to see through her presentation of herself – it was all too obvious to me, and doubtless to others.There was nothing, at all, enjoyable or redeemable about this book. Helpful to others going through the same thing? Really? I would suggest that anyone experiencing any of life’s traumas should be a bit more realistic and be willing to take responsibility for one’s own failings.I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Janilyn Kocher
    January 1, 1970
    Two Minus One is a memoir about a woman who had to rebuild her life twice, at 40 and at 60. Her second husband blindsided her By announcing he was done with the marriage. The book focuses mostly on her recovery and her ability to establish a life based on her needs and wants and no one else's. She was fortunate to have supportive friends, family, and therapists. It's a good motivational read for anyone facing difficult challenges. The one aspect that puzzled me and the author never addressed was Two Minus One is a memoir about a woman who had to rebuild her life twice, at 40 and at 60. Her second husband blindsided her By announcing he was done with the marriage. The book focuses mostly on her recovery and her ability to establish a life based on her needs and wants and no one else's. She was fortunate to have supportive friends, family, and therapists. It's a good motivational read for anyone facing difficult challenges. The one aspect that puzzled me and the author never addressed was her own pension or lack of one. According to her she worked for over thirty years as a teacher, yet she claims she was without income without her husband's support. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance read.
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