Club Book Episode 95 Nora McInerny
In the span of six short weeks in 2014, Nora McInerny had a miscarriage, buried her father, and lost her husband Aaron to an aggressive brain tumor. Devastated but undeterred, she spoke openly about her tragedies and parlayed that year into a platform to help others through grief. That platform now straddles many media. Her blog, originally called “My Husband’s Tumor,” rapidly hit and passed the 200,000 mark for readership. McInerny also launched “Terrible, Thanks for Asking,” a popular yet intimate podcast which The Atlantic praised for “continuously, unapologetically, ferociously plowing into subjects most people are too uncomfortable to touch.” McInerny’s first book, It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too) (2016), candidly chronicles her courtship, marriage, and mourning. Two 2019 follow-ups, No Happy Endings and The Hot Young Widows Club, pick up the theme by exploring how to move forward, even when an overwhelming loss prevents one from truly moving on.