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Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story
Happens Every Day An AllTooTrue Story
Author: Isabel Gillies
Isabel Gillies left her recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit to follow her poet-professor husband to Oberlin, Ohio, when he got a tenure-track position in the English department. — When Josiah took a teaching job at a Midwestern college, Isabel and their sons moved with him from New York City to Ohio, where Isabel taught...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781439110072
ISBN-10: 1439110077
Publication Date: 3/24/2009
Pages: 272
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 54 ratings
Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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verap avatar reviewed Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story on + 30 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I first saw "Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story" by Isabel Gillies at Starbucks and considering the fact that I've loved every "Starbucks book" I ever picked up, this one went on my to-read list as well.

For the fans of Law & Order: SVU - Isabel Gillies had a recurring role on the show playing Kathy Stabler. While at a wedding, Gillies reconnects with her childhood friend Josiah (I believe that's a pseudonym), and the two initiate a relationship and eventually get married. Moving around to accommodate Josiah's job as a college professor, the couple eventually winds up in Oberlin, Ohio with their two young boys. Worlds away from the hustle and bustle of New York City, Gillies nevertheless builds a life for herself and her family in the quiet town. They buy and renovate a house, make friends, and Gillies even begins teaching acting at the college. All of a sudden, Josiah announces that he's leaving Isabel and their two sons, and that he just "can't do it" anymore.

Gillies is desperate to save her marriage, but Josiah has checked out with no desire to work on their relationship. No amount of tears, pleading, and inquiries from friends and family can change his mind. Gillies suspects that Josiah is involved with his colleague Sylvia, but often ignores her intuition when both Josiah and Sylvia insist that they are just friends. In perhaps the most heart-wrenching bit of the story, Josiah makes Gillies apologize to the other woman for insinuating that they are having an affair. What a way to displace his own guilt!

Reading "Happens Every Day" was like sneaking a peak at someone's diary; Gillies left out nothing in describing the nitty gritty details of her marriage and subsequent divorce. The result is a heart-wrenching story that made me want to reach out and tell Gillies, "Oh no! Don't do that!", only to realize that I'd probably do the same thing given the situation. In the end though, Gillies' story is one of survival, hope, and happy endings.
reviewed Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story on + 71 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
This book was like going to lunch with a bold and honest friend who does not mince words and does not keep secrets. She simply tells an all-too-true story of something that really does happen every day, and she captured that sick, crazy, desperate, sucker-punched feeling most of us women can relate to when this kind of thing happens. She not only told the story gracefully, but she also handled the situation gracefully, and I really respect her. At first I didn't think I'd like this book, but after a few chapters, I was sucked in till the end.
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Helpful Score: 3
I loved this book- breezed right through it- could not put it down.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was an interesting and well-written memoir. Gillies has a really approachable, informal tone that makes her easy to relate to despite her super-WASPy background. Interesting insights into small college town. The one thing that I found jarring was the abrupt ending of the narrative, followed by a note about her current relationship with some of the principal people in the memoir. I guess that in the four years since the events in the book she's had time to move on, but it's kind of a leap to make in a few pages.
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Helpful Score: 2
A real life story of how woman's marriage fell apart. A sad topic, yes, but told in such a way that you feel like your best friend called you up to chat.
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