You've Been So Lucky Already by Alethea Black

You've Been So Lucky Already

From the award-winning author of I Knew You’d Be Lovely comes an empowering and disarmingly funny memoir about grief and illness—and the wit and wisdom it takes to survive it. As a child, Alethea Black drifts between her father, a brilliant mathematician who is also her best friend, and her mother, a frank and outspoken woman on fire. After her father’s death, Alethea is left unmoored, a young woman more connected to life’s ethereal myste...


Details You've Been So Lucky Already

TitleYou've Been So Lucky Already
Author
Release DateOct 1st, 2018
PublisherLittle A
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction
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Reviews You've Been So Lucky Already

  • Larry H
    1970-01-01
    I'm around 4.5 stars here.One of my favorite quotes is, "Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind." It's certainly a good philosophy to have in life, but I've also begun applying it when I read memoirs.I don't read a lot of nonfiction, although I've definitely read more of it over the last few years, mainly memoirs of one sort or another. At times I am utterly amazed at what the individuals recounting their lives hav...
  • Merry Mercurial
    1970-01-01
    The structure of this is interesting. While you know from the beginning (the true beginning: the dedication) that Alethea Black's memoir will deal with illness, that illness doesn't manifest until the halfway mark. I have no complaints about the earlier chapters; in fact, I found them some of the book's best.The first two sections in which second-person POV is employed are successful, the second of these ("You, On a Good Day"), monumentally so. T...
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    "The unsick wear their good health so cavalierly. They possess the most exquisite gift—an ermine cloak studded with magic gems—and they just drag it about, wiping their sweat with it. I used to do the same thing."
  • Cari
    1970-01-01
    You've Been So Lucky Already by Althea Black was my Kindle First selection for the month of September 2018.Even though I primarily stick to fiction, I must say that I have a strong fondness for a well-written memoir. While for some, the strength of a memoir comes down to the extraordinariness of the author's life... Did they survive a Holocaust? Did they write their memoir amidst a losing battle with stage IV cancer? Was their childhood spent bou...
  • Katy Askeland
    1970-01-01
    OddMaybe I just didn't get the point of this book. I usually really enjoy memoirs, but the only reason I got through this one is because it's mercifully short. It seems like huge pieces of her story are missing and left unexplained. This just wasn't for me.
  • Kim D
    1970-01-01
    What the heck did I just read?A very disjointed first-person chronicle of an undisclosed or undiagnosed mental illness. I can't reconcile what this was supposed to be.
  • Kristine Soly
    1970-01-01
    Boring, nonsensical, and convoluted, without any meaningful contribution to the story line. Not to take away from the tragedy of conventional medicine's failure to adequately diagnose and treat this patient properly, but this could have been dealt with in a chapter or two. But that's not what this book is about...it's nothing more than a journal of endless rambling thoughts by a distraught person (that has really nothing to do with solving the wo...
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    This book confused me. It began with a litany of things the narrator had to be glad about not doing so I was thinking it was postmodern. Then it veers into a more traditional memoir style. I felt like I came in in the middle of a conversation.
  • Lee Broyles
    1970-01-01
    Not worth reading.Worse book l have read, and it was my free prime book for this month.Waste of time.Why would anyone publish it.
  • Paris Abell
    1970-01-01
    I LOVED this book! She's funny. She's moving. She's insightful. So so good. A must-read.
  • Hollie
    1970-01-01
    My little sister told me I had to read this book, said it was the funniest book she’d ever read. I have to say, with so much gratitude, it’s perfect that I read it immediately. Tears of laughter more than once and some heart warming fuzzies, too! Easy quick read, well worth the time.
  • Bonnie Krueger
    1970-01-01
    Eh...2 1/2 stars maybe. I thought the first half was random thoughts with no direction. Second half was better but none of it was funny
  • OraLee Kirkham
    1970-01-01
    DissappointingI'm not sure exactly what I expected when I chose this book, but it was not the mostly blame-others-or-my-unique-circumstances attitude that took up the majority of Black's memoir. My 2 children are of her generation but they focus their energies outward toward others rather than all toward themselves. From the beginning, Black portrayed herself as a "free spirit"--refusing to use an alarm clock, always late for appointments, and tr...
  • Shari Ring Wolf
    1970-01-01
    Well written, timely subjectSo many people are sick nowadays with rare illnesses. More people than we realize are sick with a myriad of viruses, imbalances, and disorders that didn't used to exist or have not yet been discovered or named. They eventually find themselves struggling alone. Many are blamed for their illness. It's not easy to get on Disability and nobody gets enough money through Disability payments to actually live on. As our food b...
  • Tom
    1970-01-01
    Somehow, sometimes, some words just go beyond grabbing one’s mind and soul and saying here it is. Alethea Black’s words do just that.“You’ve Been So Lucky Already,” Black’s memoir, demonstrates the unassailable requirement of great writing — connecting to the reader, making them care and want and, I suspect, nod their head while saying some variation of ‘Oh yes, this is it, this is true.”Becoming a successful writer now does not...
  • Lynne
    1970-01-01
    This was my Kindle First book this month and through Part 2, I was disappointed and almost stopped reading. It turned out to be a remarkably good book and at the end I was able to more clearly see how the beginning set the stage. Even though this is called a memoir, it wasn't as clear because I had never heard of Fisher Black. I ended up looking for information about him and then the rest of the book became more meaningful. The way I saw it, the ...
  • Christy
    1970-01-01
    Do you ever just connect with a writer? Because there were countless moments throughout this book when I thought: She gets me. We have never met, and I understand her. She’s so candidly and unashamedly herself. It’s so beautiful to me. As she states so perfectly and relatably (to me): “There’s a performative aspect to nonsolitude that comes naturally to me—I’m high empathy, and I can sense how to please—but it’s draining. It’s o...
  • Janelle
    1970-01-01
    We are all shaped by the elements.This memoir is a beautiful reminder of loving yourself enough to keep going, despite it all. Alethea's story feels like a shared story. We are all with her in her moments of sorrow, anger, depression, desperation, and joy. Even if we have never experienced the gut-wrenching loss of a parent or going crazy as she searches for a diagnosis, we are all shaped by similar elements. This book feels like a damp sweater, ...
  • Mesha Griffith
    1970-01-01
    Another quick read for me, but I wasn’t super excited about the book. The beginning drew me in and then it’s almost like the writing style switched for part two and I almost gave up the book. But i powered through and the plot picked up again when she got her illness but then it seemed like it drug on. I started to think maybe she wanted this to drag on because it’s kind of how it was for her illness. I love reading memoirs because I do enj...
  • Jacqueline Ferreira
    1970-01-01
    Loved this book so much! I love stories with a Boston connection and the description of her illness struck home for me. I went thru the same thing 30 years ago with a severe chronic illness that took a year to get diagnosed. The frustration, sadness and loneliness, added to being miserably sick, I have lived. Everyone thinks you're crazy or faking. A living nightmare. This should be required reading for everyone struggling to have their illness b...
  • Joyce Stahmann
    1970-01-01
    I loved this book, with its wacky humor and saga of a long, debilitating, and mysterious illness, which I have in common with the author. I would recommend it to anyone who has struggled with a chronic illness. I enjoyed the author's light touch on heavy subjects. This book has a big heart! Looking forward to reading her book of short stories for her sense of humor and unforgettable descriptions of what it's like to be human.
  • Harold
    1970-01-01
    Surprised During the first third I was surprised that I wasn’t enjoying nor understanding the story, the disjointed stories. But I was soon captivated by Black’s description of each event. This author was able to make every event interesting and important. I am happy to have experienced her writing skills.
  • Cory Briggs
    1970-01-01
    Surprised.When I first started reading this book it seemed to get nihilistic and I was wondering if this was going to be depressing. Well I stuck it out, and this book is actually humorous and witty. You really get drawn in when she discovers she has a mysterious illness and travels a hard road looking for health.
  • Mike
    1970-01-01
    EngagingTransparent memoir. Life is messy and difficult and beautiful. We're stuck with a mainstream medical system in the U.S. that only treats symptoms. This book reminds that a Buddhist-like focus on the here and now is where we find life.
  • Cindy Young-Johnson
    1970-01-01
    Beautifully WrittenI love the free flowing style of Alethea. It feels more like a conversation than something I'm reading. The journey and search to find out about her illness is all to familiar. I'm happy she found herself. That search is never really over. Really good book.
  • Pen-Ying Fayssoux
    1970-01-01
    I enjoy reading this book. Love her writing techniques-- so simple but also so real. I Will look up of her other books and follow her on Twitter
  • Robert Totten
    1970-01-01
    Suprise Read!I had no idea where I was headed as I wondered along this journey...... I like that ! I had a great time.
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    Amazon first readGot this as a first read. Finished in 1 day as it’s short. Loved her voice but the medical non sense turned me off. Oh well.
  • Phillip W. Storms
    1970-01-01
    A unique memoir.The title drew me in and Her style kept me interested. Her Harvard education was not wasted. She is a good communicator and I'll seek out more of her work
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    Entertaining, quick readIt grabbed me, and I enjoyed her sense of humor, but it felt like she kept me at arm's length.