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55 review for Too Much of Not Enough: A Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)

    What does a "satisfied life" mean to you? Jane Pollack explores her life in this poignant, smart memoir and gets deep down to her roots following a journey of a mother, a wife, a daughter, an artist... diving right in and showing us her desperate need for self-discovery and acceptance and love. She has this yearning, that may stem from a tumultuous relationship with her own mother, and appears to translate into an equally turbulent marriage. She writes very matter-of-actly, leaving no details out What does a "satisfied life" mean to you? Jane Pollack explores her life in this poignant, smart memoir and gets deep down to her roots following a journey of a mother, a wife, a daughter, an artist... diving right in and showing us her desperate need for self-discovery and acceptance and love. She has this yearning, that may stem from a tumultuous relationship with her own mother, and appears to translate into an equally turbulent marriage. She writes very matter-of-actly, leaving no details out of her troubled relationships - and I found myself rapidly turning pages, and rooting for her progress to find if she ever reaches her goal to live her best life, to find her true happiness. I didn't relate to a lot of things in the book though, as Jane and I are very different. Our lives not much alike at all. But, it was so very interesting to see how everyone's life can be shaped from birth, from tiny experiences as we age, snippets of incidents that occur that may seem insignificant, but can change the whole trajectory of your life. In that way - we are all the same. Her quest to true empowerment and happiness takes her through several relationships with friends, and groups of women, as well as individual therapy sessions, and it's inspiring how hard she works to life her best life. And it reminds you that we are all just a beautiful work in progress.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jean Moore

    For every woman who was a young wife in the 60s and 70s, struggling to freely express wants, needs, and boundaries, there will be moments of stark recognition in these pages. In those years and in the decades that followed, Jane Pollak worked fiercely to overcome a toxic family relationship, an emotionally impoverished marriage, and one particularly draining, exhausting friendship. It took her commitment to the 12-step approach for her to come to terms with the ways in which the unmet needs of c For every woman who was a young wife in the 60s and 70s, struggling to freely express wants, needs, and boundaries, there will be moments of stark recognition in these pages. In those years and in the decades that followed, Jane Pollak worked fiercely to overcome a toxic family relationship, an emotionally impoverished marriage, and one particularly draining, exhausting friendship. It took her commitment to the 12-step approach for her to come to terms with the ways in which the unmet needs of childhood all too often lead to adult relationship addictions. This memoir of recovery is all the more meaningful, because of the author’s unflinching honesty, certainly, but also because she is an excellent and insightful writer.

  3. 5 out of 5

    BookTrib.com

    Appreciation. Praise. Approval. Validation. That’s what Jane Pollak sought from her 30-plus years of marriage. Trouble was she was married to the wrong person to provide it. In Pollak’s masterfully written memoir, Too Much of Not Enough (She Writes Press), the intrigue begins in the first paragraph in a therapist’s office as Ben, her husband of 37 years, reads from a typewritten note that another woman has become “very important” to him. She deftly writes, “In that moment, 37 years of a once-sacred Appreciation. Praise. Approval. Validation. That’s what Jane Pollak sought from her 30-plus years of marriage. Trouble was she was married to the wrong person to provide it. In Pollak’s masterfully written memoir, Too Much of Not Enough (She Writes Press), the intrigue begins in the first paragraph in a therapist’s office as Ben, her husband of 37 years, reads from a typewritten note that another woman has become “very important” to him. She deftly writes, “In that moment, 37 years of a once-sacred union evaporated from the center of my well-ordered universe and drifted into particles that floated willy-nilly throughout a marriage counselor’s office… There we sat. A truth that changed everything in an instant had been revealed. It was all different now. This man I thought I knew was a foreigner. The woman I thought I was had no land.” As sudden as that passage might imply, Pollak’s vivid description actually puts the exclamation mark on a much longer, drawn-out search to come to terms with a marriage gone south. Throughout her discourse, she struggles to savor even a morsel of acknowledgment from Ben that her life has meaning and that she has value. The rest of the review: https://booktrib.com/2019/06/scenes-f...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Diana_bibliophile

    This is the story of a woman that after ending a marriage of 37 years, she takes control of her life. For years she had been living the life others wanted. This memoir explores the root of her problems and what it will take for her to live life the way she wants to. I throughly enjoyed this one it’s very well written. It takes a lot of courage for someone to confront your past and embrace those changes in order to live a fulfilling life. More than a narrative type of memoir, it felt like I was c This is the story of a woman that after ending a marriage of 37 years, she takes control of her life. For years she had been living the life others wanted. This memoir explores the root of her problems and what it will take for her to live life the way she wants to. I throughly enjoyed this one it’s very well written. It takes a lot of courage for someone to confront your past and embrace those changes in order to live a fulfilling life. More than a narrative type of memoir, it felt like I was chatting with a friend. I highly recommend it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jim Alkon

    Very talented writer, touching narrative of her struggles to find happiness through a challenging marriage.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mindy PollackFusi

    This intimate peek into the author's life over six decades brings readers up close to a myriad of issues, feelings and conflicts that women of her generation grappled with...and still do. Add an emotionally distant set of parents, and the whole world looks differently than to children of healthier, nurturing parents, particularly those w loving mothers. Jane portrays all of this with clear writing, raw sharing and details that bring us close to her struggles and growth. My one wish was that the This intimate peek into the author's life over six decades brings readers up close to a myriad of issues, feelings and conflicts that women of her generation grappled with...and still do. Add an emotionally distant set of parents, and the whole world looks differently than to children of healthier, nurturing parents, particularly those w loving mothers. Jane portrays all of this with clear writing, raw sharing and details that bring us close to her struggles and growth. My one wish was that the middle chapters be better organized and less redundant when resharing what readers already knew from earlier sections, and at times, her lack of insight about herself, and thus expecting her husband to be her savior, felt irritating.Yet that's the best a daughter without a role model can do, frankly, says I from experience. Overall, I am in total awe of the way she fought, kicked and grew toward self love, recovery, enormous growth and success...and a full and open heart that is now guiding others. AND.. THIS BOOK LETS OTHERS GROW BY PEERING INTO THE AUTHOR'S SOUL...AND THEN ONE'S OWN!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Stark-Nemon

    Jane Pollak’s Too Much of Not Enough is a memoir of this talented woman’s journey through personal and societal shifts from the 1970s to the present that redefined her relationships and her knowledge of herself. Well-written, honest and revelatory, Pollak’s book visits mother-daughter relationships, feminism, family, artistic businesses, and recovery. An absorbing read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kayo

    All I could read into it, was what a whiner. Everything was someone else's fault. My life isn't good because of this or that. Not a lick of positivity....

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