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The Price of Admission: Embracing a Life of Grief and Joy

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Words haunt, wisdom carries you through the ages, both present within these pages: Naked truth, profound, sorrow-filled joy, & so much more!

This is a book you could read in one sitting but then you'd miss the gift it truly is. This is a book that deserves your time and attention. If you sit with it, and absorb each chapter's message, you'll close the back cover as a richer person, better for it, and possibly forever changed.


Liz Petrone is a woman who knows how to write and how to share. Some may say she's an author who over-shares, but I think in a world that craves authenticity she gets it right! As a reader you receive the gift of this author's complete transparency; and, isn't that best? It's truly the only way to learn from another when you are able to see them fully, to look at how they pulled through knowing there's hope for you then to pull through too.


Everything Liz has written within the pages of "The Price of Admission: Embracing a Life of Grief and Joy" is relatable regardless of if you've lived through similar circumstances or not. Each chapter ends with a message, found within a sentence or two, that's heartfelt, deep, and earnest. Words that complete the chapter with an elegance that makes you sigh contentedly. Words you simply want to hold for a bit, and sit with, before you move on. At the end of every chapter I was left completely moored but moved. (Much like how I felt as a teenager after watching each new episode of "My So Called Life" that starred a young Claire Danes.) This book is a life-changer, if you'll let it speak to the deepest parts of you.


This is the type of book you'll want to keep, read more than once, revisiting as you journey through motherhood. It's not all about grief, there is also joy, and this book will help you experience all the feels, gain understanding and insight into them, and embrace them as they represent our womanly lives as a whole.


My only word of caution: Not everyone in life swears but this author happens to. It's not in your face, gratuitous, over-used, superfluous cussing but rather well-placed and warranted. I'm a reader that tends to shy away from books that swear. It's a personal turn-off for me, but this book's main points over-ride how I feel about the language and allow me to accept the heart of the message(s) untarnished.


A must read!



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About the author

Liz Petrone is a true believer in the healing power of storytelling. She shares her stories on lizpetrone.com, and lives in a creaky old house in Syracuse, New York, with her ever-patient husband, their four children, and an excitable dog named Beau. view profile

Published on September 01, 2020

Published by Broadleaf Books

60000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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