Signs of Life by Natalie Taylor
A Memoir

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“I know. I know. No one says it but I know…” —from Signs of Life
 
Twenty-four-year-old Natalie Taylor was leading a charmed life. At the age of twenty four, she had a fulfilling job as a high school English teacher, a wonderful husband, a new house and a baby on the way.  Then, while visiting her sister, she gets the news that Josh has died in a freak accident.  Four months before the birth of her son, Natalie is leveled by loss. 
 
What follows is an incredibly powerful emotional journey, as Natalie calls upon resources she didn’t even know she had in order to re-imagine and re-build a life for her and her son. In vivid and immediate detail, Natalie documents her life from the day of Josh’s death through the birth their son, Kai, as she struggles in her role as a new mother where everyone is watching her for signs of impending collapse.  With honesty, raw pain, and most surprising, a wicked sense of humor, Natalie recounts the agonies and unexpected joys of her new life.  There is the frustration of holidays, navigating the relationship with her in-laws, the comfort she finds and unlikely friendship she forges in support groups and the utterly breathtaking, but often overwhelming new motherhood.   When she returns to the classroom, she finds that little is more healing than the honesty and egocentricity of teenagers. 
 
Drawing on lessons from beloved books like The Color Purple and The Catcher in the Rye and the talk shows she suddenly can’t get enough of, from the strength of her family and friends, and from a rich fantasy life—including a saucy fairy godmother who guides her grieving—Natalie embarks on the ultimate journey of self-discovery and realizes you can sometimes find the best in yourself during the worst life has to offer.  And she delivers these lessons, in way that feels like she’s right beside you in her bathrobe and with a glass of wine--the cool, funny girlfriend you love to stay up all night with. 
 
Unforgettable and utterly absorbing, Signs of Life features a powerful, wholly original debut voice that will have you crying and laughing to the very last page.


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About Natalie Taylor

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NATALIE TAYLOR and her son, Kai Taylor, live in Royal Oak, Michigan. Natalie teaches high school English and recently earned her master's degree in Education. Kai is working on his numbers, letters, and colors.
 
Published April 12, 2011 by Broadway Books. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Emotional memoir of a young life turned upside down by sudden death and then slowly put back right.

Mar 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Signs of Life : A Memoir

New York Journal of Books

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In the summer of 2007, Natalie Taylor was a happily married young woman about to have a baby and celebrate her two-year wedding anniversary with her college sweetheart, Josh.

Apr 12 2011 | Read Full Review of Signs of Life : A Memoir

New York Journal of Books

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In the summer of 2007, Natalie Taylor was a happily married young woman about to have a baby and celebrate her two-year wedding anniversary with her college sweetheart, Josh.

Apr 12 2011 | Read Full Review of Signs of Life : A Memoir

The Bookbag

Even though she revises some of her thoughts about her family towards the end of the book, acknowledging their own grief and the help they've provided her it didn't feel like enough, to me, and I felt I couldn't forgive her bitchiness, no matter what she'd been through emotionally.

Jul 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Signs of Life : A Memoir

Guilty Pleasures

Twenty-four-year-old Natalie Taylor was leading a charmed life.

Oct 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Signs of Life : A Memoir

Curious Book Fans

Despite being a powerful piece of writing Signs of Life is also understated – Natalie’s style is like she is talking to a friend, which you would expect from what is basically a diary.

Jul 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Signs of Life : A Memoir

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