My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: A Memoir by Amy Silverstein

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Read My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: A Memoir Online Free - In this moving memoir about the power of friendship and the resilience of the human spirit, Amy Silverstein tells the story of the extraordinary group of women who supported her as she waited on the precipice for a life-saving heart transplant.

Nearly twenty-six years after receiving her first heart transplant, Amy Silverstein’s donor heart plummeted into failure. If she wanted to live, she had to take on the grueling quest for a new heart—immediately.

A shot at survival meant uprooting her life and moving across the country to California. When her friends heard of her plans, there was only one reaction: “I’m there.” Nine remarkable women—Joy, Jill, Leja, Jody, Lauren, Robin, Valerie, Ann, and Jane—put demanding jobs and pressing family obligations on hold to fly across the country and be by Amy’s side. Creating a calendar spreadsheet, the women—some of them strangers to one another—passed the baton of friendship, one to the next, and headed straight and strong into the battle to help save Amy’s life.

Empowered by the kind of empathy that can only grow with age, these women, each knowing Amy from different stages of her life, banded together to provide her with something that medicine alone could not.  Sleeping on a cot beside her bed, they rubbed her back and feet when the pain was unbearable, adorned her room with death-distracting decorations, and engaged in their “best talks ever.”  They saw the true measure of their friend’s strength, and they each responded in kind.

My Glory Was I Had Such Friends is a tribute to these women and the intense hours they spent together—hours of heightened emotion and self-awareness, where everything was laid bare. Candid and heartrending, this once-in-a-lifetime story of connection and empathy is a powerful reminder of the ultimate importance of “showing up” for those we love.

Title : My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: A Memoir
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ISBN : 0062457489
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Leigh rated it ★★★★★

June 27, 2017

It is rare to read a book and feel grateful to have read it. Not in the "that was a great book!" sense but in a "this book is changing me for the better" way. I'm going to admit right off the bat I had high hopes for this memoir. A celebration of friendship and an insider's look at illness and dyi...

Holly rated it ★★★☆☆

July 14, 2017

I really hate to give low ratings to memoirs. This book didn't make me laugh, cry or care. The author was whiny and self absorbed. Yes, she wrote about her friends, but their characters were not well-enough developed in this book for me to tell one from another, with one exception. I wish her wel...

Cindy rated it ★★★★☆

July 10, 2017

I read Amy Silverstein’s first memoir, SICK GIRL (2001,GrovePress), which she wrote after living more than seventeen years after getting a heart transplant at twenty-five. Doctors at the time, didn’t give her more than ten years. Nearly twenty-six years after receiving her first heart transplant,...

Rana rated it ★★★★★

August 20, 2017

Definitely an emotional home run but what really got me was her discussions about death and how she explained death and choice to her friends. I am late-thirties, I have passed this onto a friend at work who is late fifties, and then another friend at work who is late twenties is going to read it...

Marika rated it ★★★★★

February 27, 2017

In the book "Sick Girl" Author Amy Silverstein wrote about her needing a heart transplant at 25. Nearly 26 years later and Amy is indeed a very sick girl (woman) as her transplanted heart is failing and she needs another heart transplant. Although this is a memoir of sickness and health, more imp...

Suanne rated it ★★★☆☆

March 05, 2018

I feel guilty as hell that as moving and brave as Silverstein’s story is, I just could not connect with the book. And I really feel like shit about it! Damn....

Kay rated it ★★★★★

July 12, 2017

Even after allowing myself the time to decompress before sitting down to write this review, I'm finding it hard to express in words how grateful I am for the privilege to read this book, let alone have the honor of reviewing it. I can sincerely say that this book took me along for its journey and...

Daniel rated it ★★★★★

July 13, 2017

An intimate and self aware memoir unlike any I’ve read, Amy Silverstein’s My Glory Was I Had Such Friends is the most honest and inspiring book of the year. Silverstein paints a vivid picture of friendship and its ability to motivate us through the most taxing and emotionally devastating times in...

Jolissa rated it ★★★★★

January 02, 2018

I’ve read a lot of great books in my lifetime, but it’s rare that I read a book that actually changes my life. This memoir by Amy Silverstein is a must-read for everyone. Whether or not you think you like memoirs, I don’t care – put this on your list, right now. My Glory Was I Had Such Friends is a...

Dawn rated it ★★★★★

June 30, 2017

In my "Eight People in the World I'd Invite to Dinner" this author is #2. There really aren't good words to describe what Amy Silverstein does in her writing. You've simply got to experience it. She lives on the page, and does it honestly. I waited for this book -- this next update -- for years, a...

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