The Best of Us by Joyce Maynard

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Read The Best of Us Online Free - In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, beloved author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn't mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of.

Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, Joyce resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the nineteen months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple--to be a true partner and to have one.

This is their story. Charting the course through their whirlwind romance, a marriage cut short by tragedy, and Joyce's return to singleness on new terms, The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss.

Title : The Best of Us
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ISBN : 1635570344
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 448 pages


Elyse rated it ★★★★★

June 22, 2017

This is a very difficult review for me to write. I really love Joyce ..... and I'm still very sad for Joyce's loss. I was sooo happy for her when she married Jim!!! Jim died of pancreatic cancer. When Bloomsbury sent me Joyce's book from Netgalley the other day -- It was unexpected. -- ( but 'many...

Debbie rated it ★★★★★

November 16, 2017

Wow. What an experience! This is the saddest true love story I’ve ever heard. This memoir is well-written and infused with emotion. It’s so vivid, I felt like I had a front-row seat. I couldn’t put it down—which is weird, given that the book is about a man dying of cancer. Not the most upbeat sub...

Cheri rated it ★★★★★

September 05, 2017

!! NOW AVAILABLE !! ”Let us be lovers, We’ll marry our fortunes together. I’ve got some real estate Here in my bag.” ”So we bought a pack of cigarettes, And Mrs. Wagner pies And walked off To look for America.” “America” by Simon & Garfunkel, words by Paul Simon I began the year reading Joyc...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

August 21, 2017

It is only fairly recently that I have begun reading memoirs or biographies written by author whose book I love to read. I am amazed at the insight this provides when I next read their books, makes ten more meaningful in a way. This book is a wonderful, if heartbreaking, homage to a man she met a...

Esil rated it ★★★★☆

September 10, 2017

Joyce Maynard's memoir of her husband's battle with pancreatic cancer hit awfully close to home. My father died of pancreatic cancer close to eight years ago. It's a particularly nasty cancer because it is almost always a death sentence, and it can move brutally fast. I have vivid memories of my...

Cathrine ☯️ rated it ★★★★☆

July 23, 2017

4➕★ I did not ponder much whether a memoir about a beloved husband’s battle with pancreatic cancer and its inevitable outcome was a book topic I wanted to embrace. Generally speaking, who would? The author and I are close in age and I’m a fan of her writing. There was much to relate to as we share...

JanB rated it ★★★★★

July 24, 2017

This memoir is a later-in-life love story between Joyce and Jim, who passed away last year. Joyce writes honestly and beautifully - I love her 'voice". Her story is full of a passion and zest for life, with hard-won wisdom about what a partnership really means. By the end I felt I knew Joyce and...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★★

October 18, 2017

Follow me for all reviews on I highly recommend reading The Best of Us , just make sure you have a box of tissues. Joyce Maynard finds the love of her life in her 50s, many years after being divorced and raising her children as a single mother. She and Jim, h...

Dana rated it ★★★★★

November 07, 2017

I first discovered Joyce Maynard when I picked up a copy of Under the Influence. I loved it right away and went over to her Facebook page to read more about the author only to discover her husband of less than three short years (19 months of it fighting cancer) was dying of pancreatic cancer. I f...

Karen rated it ★★★★★

June 05, 2017

THE BEST OF US:: A MEMOIR by JOYCE MAYNARD SPOILER ALERT As said in the Good Reads synopsis I will quote "THE BEST of US is a heart-wrenching, ultimately a life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss." I can wholeheartedly agree with that quote b...

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