This is Happy All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them Isak Dinesen once said Sorrows are all pain otherwise pain without sense or meaning But joys too it seems to me ne

  • Title: This is Happy
  • Author: Camilla Gibb
  • ISBN: 9780385678124
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Hardcover
  • All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them, Isak Dinesen once said Sorrows are all pain otherwise, pain without sense or meaning But joys, too, it seems to me, need their context And sometimes their coexistence needs to be borne The coexistence or possibility of the opposite can be what gives an experience its meaning At its sim All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them, Isak Dinesen once said Sorrows are all pain otherwise, pain without sense or meaning But joys, too, it seems to me, need their context And sometimes their coexistence needs to be borne The coexistence or possibility of the opposite can be what gives an experience its meaning At its simplest, that is a story Camilla Gibb, This Is HappyIn this profoundly moving memoir, Camilla Gibb, the award winning, bestselling author of Sweetness in the Belly and The Beauty of Humanity Movement, reveals the intensity of the grief that besieged her as the happiness of a longed for family shattered Grief that lived in a potent mix with the solace that arose with the creation of another, most unexpected family A family constituted by a small cast of resilient souls, adults broken in the way many of us are, united in love for a child Reflecting on tangled moments of past sadness and joy, alienation and belonging, Gibb revisits her stories now in relation to the happy daughter who will inherit them, and she finds there new meaning and beauty Raw and unflinching, intelligent and humane, This Is Happy asks the big questions and finds answers in the tender moments of the everyday.

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    About “Camilla Gibb

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      From the author s web site Camilla Gibb, born in 1968, is the author of three novels, Mouthing the Words, The Petty Details of So and so s Life and Sweetness in the Belly, as well as numerous short stories, articles and reviews She was the winner of the Trillium Book Award in 2006, a Scotiabank Giller Prize short list nominee in 2005, winner of the City of Toronto Book Award in 2000 and the recipient of the CBC Canadian Literary Award for short fiction in 2001 Her books have been published in 18 countries and translated into 14 languages and she was named by the jury of the prestigious Orange Prize as one of 21 writers to watch in the new century.Camilla was born in London, England, and grew up in Toronto, Canada She has a B.A in anthropology and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Toronto, completed her Ph.D in social anthropology at Oxford University in 1997, and spent two years at the University of Toronto as a post doctoral research fellow before becoming a full time writer.Camilla has been writer in residence at the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto where, for the past two years, she served as an adjunct faculty member of the English Department s MA in Creative Writing Program.She is currently working on a new novel and divides her time between Toronto and London, England.

    2 thoughts on “This is Happy

    1. I have been a fan of Camilla Gibb's two novels set in far away places. Both,Sweetness in the Belly and The Beauty of Humanity Movementdrew me into the stories and also into her gentle and often poetic writing. It was a given therefore that I would rush out to get my hands on her new memoir, this is happy. I have to admit I did not get what I anticipated, but much much more. Not that I had a clear notion of what to expect not having read any of the publicity beforehand. Camilla Gibb's memoir got [...]

    2. Review originally appeared here: notmytypewriter/2015/0I read the first pages of This Is Happy, Camilla Gibb’s first memoir, on the edge of Guelph Lake with a folk festival buzzing behind me. It was the final weekend of July, and I’d snuck away from the chaos: The sweaty bodies fighting for shade, the dancing women in flowing skirts, the line-up for overpriced beer. I found an hour of solitude as the sun began to set and hipster parents called their little ones back toward shore. This is hap [...]

    3. I really liked and could relate to some aspects of this story but in the end I felt that it just became another self-indulgent first world memoir, which was disappointing

    4. We are the storytelling animal; our stories are what make us human.I didn't know what to expect from This is Happy – I picked it up because the book was recently shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize for literary nonfiction – and based on the title, I expected something, erm, happy. That it is not. In what is quite a short narrative, author Camilla Gibb describes a miserable and chaotic childhood, her mental illness and suicide attempts as a graduate student at Oxford, a string of tumultuous [...]

    5. The title of this book should have a question mark because most of the time the author was miserable. At one point she says that she could take the happy out of any situation and I'm thinking - no kidding!After the first chapter I felt like you do when you are trapped by a stranger who is telling you their life story with all the intimate details you really don't want to know. She is so immersed in her emotional landscape that we don't learn enough about the external one. It would have made for [...]

    6. "This is boring" is, unfortunately, what I thought much of the time while reading this book. Even though it is first person, there's more telling than showing in the writing and it feels detached. Strange, because it is quite personal and raw and tragic, but even when the verb tense shifts from past to present it didn't feel any more real to me. Perhaps I'm not broken enough to relate to the experiences in this book. Perhaps someone who has had their own struggles with mental health and loneline [...]

    7. After hearing an interview with Camilla Gibb on CBC, I wanted to read This Is Happy. I knew a little of what was ahead of me. Her birth family would be broken. She would sink into despair and consider suicide. The safe, secure family she formed with the woman she married would suddenly dissolve, leaving her pregnant and alone.What drew me to pick up the book and read enough of it to be hooked was something she said in the interview: " much of [happy] is about our embeddedness within a community [...]

    8. I loved The Beauty of Humanity Movement. Just thinking about it makes me feel peaceful. This book isn't peaceful. It is often very sad as Camilla Gibb remembers her troubled childhood and tumultuous young adulthood. She gets pregnant at age 41 and her wife of four years leaves her soon afterwards. The latter part of the book is a rumination on the grief she felt when her marriage ended as she was struggling with her pregnancy, home renovations and building a new life. The author had struggled wi [...]

    9. also going through depression, was able to relate to some of the feelings the protagonist goes through. It was a relief to be able to see what depression makes people go through in the quite accurate wording of the author.Makes me realize that happiness is only happiness when you believe it is, and that anything can be part of your happiness if you believe it to be so.

    10. This is a beautiful and engaging memoir - one I would like to start over and read all over again right away. It's honest, and completing and heartfelt. Her story is her own and yet she tells a story that is truly about all of us - out need to feel whole and belong.

    11. I burned through this in one sitting while I should have been writing a paper for my comprehensive exams. It defies its somewhat treacly title - this isn't really a sweet book at all, though it is a cautiously redemptive one. I'm getting a bit more familiar with the memoir/personal narrative genre lately, with reading Vivian Gornick's "Fierce Attachments," Joan Didion's essays, and Cheryl Strayed and Robyn Davidson's books. Camilla Gibb's latest book is a very fine example of the genre. The task [...]

    12. This book was incredible. Incredible, being an understatement. I have never read anything by Camilla Gibb before and it really was by chance that I picked this book up. To put it simply, I judged a book by its cover. This cover was aesthetically pleasing and the title also stuck out. I did not even read a summary or description before I delved right in.If you are going into the book with the expectation of it being a light, 'happy' read as the title suggests, you will be surprised (as I was). Th [...]

    13. "Being able to put your experiences into a narrative gives meaning to the life you have lived. It can allow you to make sense of the things that have seemed the most senseless and cruel by providing some context—even if that context is nothing more than: It didn’t kill me. I am alive to tell this tale. I am here, where I was once there. There is a story, possibly a universal one, of the passage between there and here."These words from Camilla Gibb's "This is Happy " form the premise of a mem [...]

    14. I loved this book, not only was it different from any other book I have read this year but it was my first memoir. "Being able to put your experiences into a narrative gives meaning to the life you have lived. It can allow you to make sense of the things that have seemed the most senseless and cruel by providing some context - even if that context is nothing more than: it didn't kill me. I am alive to tell this tale. I am here, where I was once there. There is a story, possibly a universal one, [...]

    15. One of the best books I ever read! Camilla Gibb has a special way with words, sentences, paragraphs, chapters and whole books. I read another one of her books - "The Beauty of Humanity Movement" and loved it, too. I wonder how Ms. Gibb wrote such wonderful novels while suffering deep depressive episodes. Having, myself, suffered from depression I can identify with a lot of what Ms. Gibb wrote. I deeply appreciate her honesty in this memoir and can't wait for her next book to be published. In the [...]

    16. Joan Didion's "We tell ourselves stories in order to live" was a guiding light for Gibbs. Writing her story appears to have been the key to Gibb's survival from a series of life's challenges. Journaling is a tool for many but Camilla Gibb's decision to sharing it with readers has created a beautifully written intensely personal memoir that resonated with me. Being a huge fan of her earlier novel 'Sweetness in the Belly', I was particularly engaged by the section of the novel that describes Gibb' [...]

    17. I've liked Gibbs' novels, especially Sweetness in the Belly, and it was interesting to get a glimpse of what inspired her. Also, she portrays adolescence well. After awhile though and in more than a few places, I found myself impatient with endless moaning about her past and about what seemed to be very much first world problems. She felt very self absorbed.

    18. The reviews I read of this book led me to expect more than I got. While it was interesting enough, it really didn't touch me in any way. I just didn't feel any emotional attachment to it at all. Not a bad book, just a slight one.

    19. This book annoyed me. I did not care for the narrator nor did I sympathize with her problems and issues. I felt that she was very self-absorbed and acted like she was the only woman on Earth who had ever given birth.

    20. I really enjoyed this book, it is a brutally honest memoir from a talented writer (Sweetness in the Belly) and her reflections on her experiences with mental health issues, family, motherhood, alienation, and belonging.

    21. Very enjoyable and quick read. Contained a number of incidents that left me wanting but no answers (I suppose much like life) - nonetheless, a moving memoir about depression, motherhood, travel, Ontario, Toronto, complex family relationships

    22. This book is misleading in its title. I found it far from happy. Most of Camilla's life story was depressing and even near the end it didn't look far from bleak from my perspective.

    23. Raw straightforward writing. Love her insights into what makes a family & the untraditional bonds that are sometimes stronger than blood.

    24. I have a complicated relationship with this book. I enjoyed it thoroughly but found it frightening that the solution to her issues rests on a baby.

    25. A long road from ruinous loneliness to restorative love. Broken original families and restorative chosen families. Grief's lifelong hold on our souls. Tending and mothering; being mothered; coming to mother ourselves. I'm reminded somewhat of C.S. Lewis' *A Grief Observed* by the author's stark understanding of grief, its vinelike entanglement, its choking, persistent presence that thickens with each absence. I'm also reminded of love's persistence the roses that insist on blooming alongside th [...]

    26. I read this book in preparation for Camilla Gibb's appearance on May 17/17 at the main branch of the Kitchener Public Library. Memoirs are my favourite kind of reading, and this one did not disappoint. It was particularly interesting to me because it resulted from a threshold moment in the author's life, and I am facing my own very different kind of threshold.I finished the book hours before the author's appearance at the library, where she read the chapter in which she hears from her brother Mi [...]

    27. Eagerly read through most of the memoir, pretty well written in an engaging conversational style. There was something fascinating and relatable in her struggles and experiences. Towards the end chapters it became apparent to me by the onset of a creeping nausea, of the sheer self indulgence and entitlement of the writer. I felt like 'how can she not be embarrassed to admit being this person?' I was rooting for her while she revealed her terrible challenges early in life, but the person she becam [...]

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