Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke … oh what fun)
Readers’ Favorite, reviewed by Jack Magnus:
“… Maureen Twomey’s nonfiction memoir, Before, Afdre, and After: (My stroke…oh what fun), is written by a wryly funny and brutally honest survivor whose message grabs the reader on the first page and doesn’t let go until she finally means it when she says, “the end.”…
This is a most impressive and moving memoir about a catastrophic injury and the way one brilliant, funny and very resilient person climbed her way back towards a full recovery with lots of help from the friends and family who were with her every step of the way. Before, Afdre, and After: (My stroke…oh what fun) is most highly recommended.”
Readers’ Favorite, reviewed by Rabia Tanveer:
“… I expected the book to be a tear jerker … but the author made it witty and humorous too. The reader can feel the emotions Maureen felt, understand the struggle she had with her mind and body. You cannot help but laugh and cry with her throughout her journey. It truly deserves five stars and more for writing such a phenomenal journey of courage.”
“Couldn’t put it down!”
By Madeline Baileyon
“I can’t imagine what it must be like to have a massive stroke at any age but especially not in your 30’s when your career is taking off. Not only did the author survive but she wrote a supremely entertaining account of her recovery.
It was a fantastic read. Hilarious. Tear-inducing. Heart-warming. Inspiring. Maureen’s supportive family and friends are the kind you hope to have around if something like this happens. She is a gifted writer. I look forward to the next book!”
“What’s so funny and inspiring about a stroke? Now I know.”
By Steve Beaumont
“I always wondered what a stroke victim thinks on the inside while looking at the world not able to communicate. Maureen’s personal, humorous and thoughtful account of her own stroke and road to recovery reminded me that if you are smart, creative, funny, sensitive, caring and surrounded by family and friends who love you then nothing changes on the inside despite everything changing on the outside.
Whoever thought suffering a stroke could be so inspiring? Only when Maureen Twomey tells the story.”
“An inspirational book”
By the Speech-Language Pathologist/Instructor,
City College of San Francisco
“Maureen is an amazing writer whose heartfelt and humorous book tells the story of her stroke and the long road of rehabilitation and recovery.
As a speech therapist, who teaches communication classes to stroke survivors, I found Maureen’s book captured the feelings and struggle that so many individuals experience in their recovery. In our stroke-communication class we read and discussed her book together, and Maureen’s voice and message resonated with everyone.
It is very fortunate for us that Maureen decided that this was the story she would write a book about! This book is a great tool for stroke survivors and is an inspiration to all who read it.”
“I couldn’t put it down …”
By Arthur Carrera
“I was reading a bestseller when this book was delivered. I was going to finish the bestseller but I decided to read a couple of pages of ‘Before, Afdre, and After’. I couldn’t put it down until I finished the entire book. A great inspirational read.”
“Funny book about having a stroke!”
“Sure having a stroke really isn’t funny but Maureen Twomey’s sense of humor shines through despite her terrible experience of having a stroke. It’s fascinating and sad and heartwarming to follow her experience and learn from it.
“Incredible story of perseverance”
By Peggy Broussard
“Wow! Not only did Maureen survive, she thrived. The book gives an honest glimpse into the world of someone who has confronted a life changing, terrifying event. Her daily struggles are detailed in a way that makes you laugh, cry and, most of all, root for her ongoing success. I got so caught up in the story, I could not put the book down. Well written and inspiring.”
“I read this book with the left side of my brain and loved it with the right.”
By James McMillan
“Wow. I can appreciate the fact that this book was not as easy as turning spell checker on. The amazing story, the endless support of friends and family and the continuous conquest of innumerable obstacles (permanent? Ha!) all made for an interesting, thought provoking, and impactful read. Veeeeery interesting! I would even recommend this to my kids”
“Very poignant account of an incredibly difficult time in a beautiful young woman’s life”
By Luis Ramos
“Personal, very poignant account of an incredibly difficult time in a beautiful young woman’s life. Ultimately inspiring and uplifting. Kudos to Maureen Twomey for coming out on the other side with her wit and wisdom intact and for her ability to both share and bring you in, and help you realize that life is good.”
“Maureen’s account of her experiences before, during and after her stoke is inspiring. Her attitude through the whole experience was amazing. I read it in one reading and I cried and laughed along with Maureen.”
“Highly recommended book!”
By Martha L. Garcia
“Obviously, a stroke is not a funny thing, but Maureen found a way to inject her own unique sense of humor into an inspirational story of living through and recuperating from one. I went to high school with Maureen, and I’ve always adored her quirky wit. She is a breath of fresh air and always has been, and I highly recommend this book to anyone facing any sort of difficult obstacle in their life, medical or otherwise. Maureen shows that you can overcome anything with humor and a positive attitude. It’s a quick and enjoyable read too!”
“Maureen Twomey breaks conventions to give us a glimpse into the before, during, and after her stroke at the age of thirty-three. At turns funny, harrowing, and bittersweet, Twomey’s self-aware and unpretentious writing disarms you and quietly makes you her biggest cheerleader. A revelation and a major accomplishment.”
–Laura Diamond, author of Shelter Us and editor of Deliver Me: True Confessions of Motherhood
“The nurse’s note read: ‘Standing by chair. Standing by sink.’ To most of us, these are not accomplishments. To a person recovering from a stroke, they are miracles. For one author, so was writing the sentence, ‘I sit.’ Or learning to speak again. But fortunately for us, Maureen learned to write again. She brought back this moving book.”
–Luke Sullivan, author of Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This and Thirty Rooms To Hide In
“Brave. Wow. Godspeed, Maureen.”
–Lee Clow, Director Media Arts, TBWA\Worldwide,
Chairman, Media Arts Lab
“Before, Afdre, and After will break your heart, make you smile, and ultimately make you proud to know people like Maureen Twomey breathe the same air we all do.”
–Rob Schwartz, Global Creative President, TBWA\Worldwide
“I never thought I’d say this and mean it: This book will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It’s a joyous, inventive journey through loss and recovery, and Maureen’s spirit shines through in this blueprint for living a full, blessed and loving life. Read it now, you fools!!”
–Jeff Kreisler, author of Get Rich Cheating
2016 Best Cover Design Non-Fiction, Next Generation Indie Book Awards
2016 Finalist in Memoir, IAN Book of the Year Awards, Independent Author Network
2016 Finalist in Non-Fiction Inspirational, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards
Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke . . . oh what fun)
“When Maureen Twomey was only thirty-three years old, she experienced a massive stroke-one that took away her ability to read, write, walk, and even speak (AAAAAAAHHH!!). Well, she wasn’t about to go down without a fight …
In Before, Afdre and After, Twomey offers a sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes comical, and ultimately inspiring glimpse at what it is to lose everything when you’re supposed to be in the prime of your life-and what it takes to get it back, piece by tiny piece.”
“What’s so funny and inspiring about a stroke? Now I know..”
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“Very good read, whether you have had a stroke or someone you know did.
She is very thoughtful, insiteful and funny!”
My book report of “1984” by George Orwell
(when I was in 9th grade?)
I read the book and we all had to review it. I liked it, but I don’t remember what I wrote when I was in high-school. And I didn’t keep a copy of my paper, so I have to read it again I guess.
Hmm, let’s check out what Amazon reviewers say of “1984” –
Customers, 4.5 out of 5 stars!
3 out of 5 – “Great!”
… What? He/She thought it was great so why did he/she only give it 3 stars? …
“Purchased the least expensive new edition, but you get what you pay for. I find the binding to be uneven and the print to be somewhat faded. Great read!”
… uh, that’s not George Orwell’s fault that the binding was uneven. So maybe you should edit your review.
Here’s another review, on Goodreads:
Matthew: (5 stars)
“Yes! This book! Amazing! Terrifying, brutal, intricate, prophetic – and, in one big word, GENIUS!
This was a reread – the last time I read this was over 20 years ago and I wanted to see if the 5 star rating and its standing in one of my top 3 favorite books held up – and it most certainly does.
If this book was written today in the midst of the slew of dystopian novels that come out, it may not have stood out. But, this book was way ahead of its time. Written in a post WWII era where the fears of dictatorships and brutal tyranny were fresh in the minds of the people, this book plays off that fear and adds a dark vision of a potential future.
This is where the genius of Orwell comes in. The book is mainly the manifesto of the Party that the main character is seeking to rebell against. But, the ideology and descriptions of this dystopian world are not presented in a boring way – they are fascinating. The fact that Orwell created this world and laid out not only a terrifying political environment, but the rules for the new language they were creating, is beyond amazing.
Finally, some of the things he describes sound all too possible in our current world. The controversial elections this week in the US only added to the intensity of this book.
Read this! Especially if you are a fan of modern dystopia, you must read the fore fathers – 1984 and Brave New World.
And, remember – Big Brother is watching!”
Until I read “1984” again, I give it 4.7 stars 🙂
(I guess I should have not added a smiley face, but I did.)
Check out the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.
… And if you review “1984” it’s not George Orwell’s fault that the binding was uneven.