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This Will All Be Over Soon: A Memoir (edition 2021)

by Cecily Strong (Author)

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A powerful memoir from the Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong about grieving the death of her cousin--and embracing the life-affirming lessons he taught her--amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cecily Strong had a special bond with her cousin Owen. And so she was devastated when, in early 2020, he passed away at age thirty from the brain cancer glioblastoma. Before Strong could attempt to process her grief, another tragedy struck: the coronavirus pandemic. Following a few harrowing weeks in the virus epicenter of New York City, Strong relocated to an isolated house in the woods upstate. Here, trying to make sense of Owen's death and the upended world, she spent much of the ensuing months writing. The result is This Will All Be Over Soon--a raw, unflinching memoir about loss, love, laughter, and hope. Befitting the time-warped year of 2020, the diary-like approach deftly weaves together the present and the past. Strong chronicles the challenges of beginning a relationship during the pandemic and the fear when her new boyfriend contracts COVID. She describes the pain of losing her friend and longtime Saturday Night Live staff member Hal Willner to the virus. She reflects on formative events from her life, including how her high school expulsion led to her pursuing a career in theater and, years later, landing at SNL. Yet the heart of the book is Owen. Strong offers a poignant account of her cousin's life, both before and after his diagnosis. Inspired by his unshakable positivity and the valuable lessons he taught her, she has written a book that--as indicated by its title--serves as a moving reminder: whatever challenges life might throw one's way, they will be over soon. And so will life. So make sure to appreciate every day and don't take a second of it for granted.… (more)
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Info:Simon & Schuster (2021), 272 pages
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this is a really lovely tribute to her cousin owen, who died of brain cancer in jan 2020, and whose death she had trouble grieving because of the isolation of the pandemic which came soon after. (although she was never isolated totally alone. she had a bubble of people she isolated with.)

i'm just not sure that it should be a public tribute? like this felt more personal, for her and her family. that she shouldn't share with me, where i can judge that the writing isn't very good; that a book of this kind maybe needs more time and distance before publication (and probably writing); that she read it sounding as if she was about to cry through most of it (and i'm sure she was); that it was arranged choppily and felt poorly edited. or maybe this is useful for someone else going through grief and i was just the wrong audience?

i can't help but say that i don't understand - i feel like i'm the only one (other than the victim and her family, i'm sure) that remember what kobe bryant did. i suspect he probably was a good father and it's certainly tragic that his daughter died with him and that his wife and other daughter lost a husband and father. but the national mourning that happened annoyed me at the time and made me think of the woman he raped so violently and what she must be going through seeing all the tributes, and i was surprised to have to revisit that in this book. that's all i think about whenever his name comes up and i'm constantly surprised that nationally, everyone seems to have forgotten.

she did some things well - this is moving and heartfelt and poignant but didn't feel universal or necessary for a general audience. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Sep 19, 2021 |
You know that you're not supposed to call or text your ex while you're drunk. I think there needs to be a new commonly shared rule that you shouldn't write a memoir while depressed. I just finished [This Will All Be Over Soon: A Memoir] by [[Cecily Strong]]. I love Cecily Strong on SNL, she's funny in many different ways, she can sing, and she's beautiful. I'm still a little miffed that they pulled her from Weekend Update with co-host Colin Jost and substituted Michael Che. That would have been something to address in the memoir, wouldn't it? No. Instead, she goes in-depth into her emotional reaction to every death she has experienced. Her young, talented, inspirational, fun cousin Owen died of a brain tumor. She starts this book of interconnected essays with that and repeats it over and over in essay after essay. Unfortunately, Strong struggles with clinical depression and Covid has hammered her psyche. You would think her psychiatrist would have casually mentioned that her obsession with the death of others, especially this cousin, is diverting her attention from something of her own that needs to be examined. If she did, we get no insight into that. All we get is death after death of people she loves. Someday, when she has recovered from this pandemic, I hope she writes another book that showcases her humor. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Aug 28, 2021 |
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A powerful memoir from the Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong about grieving the death of her cousin--and embracing the life-affirming lessons he taught her--amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cecily Strong had a special bond with her cousin Owen. And so she was devastated when, in early 2020, he passed away at age thirty from the brain cancer glioblastoma. Before Strong could attempt to process her grief, another tragedy struck: the coronavirus pandemic. Following a few harrowing weeks in the virus epicenter of New York City, Strong relocated to an isolated house in the woods upstate. Here, trying to make sense of Owen's death and the upended world, she spent much of the ensuing months writing. The result is This Will All Be Over Soon--a raw, unflinching memoir about loss, love, laughter, and hope. Befitting the time-warped year of 2020, the diary-like approach deftly weaves together the present and the past. Strong chronicles the challenges of beginning a relationship during the pandemic and the fear when her new boyfriend contracts COVID. She describes the pain of losing her friend and longtime Saturday Night Live staff member Hal Willner to the virus. She reflects on formative events from her life, including how her high school expulsion led to her pursuing a career in theater and, years later, landing at SNL. Yet the heart of the book is Owen. Strong offers a poignant account of her cousin's life, both before and after his diagnosis. Inspired by his unshakable positivity and the valuable lessons he taught her, she has written a book that--as indicated by its title--serves as a moving reminder: whatever challenges life might throw one's way, they will be over soon. And so will life. So make sure to appreciate every day and don't take a second of it for granted.

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