Once More We Saw Stars

Once More We Saw Stars

Two-year-old Greta Greene was sitting with her grandmother on a park bench on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when a brick crumbled from a windowsill overhead, striking her unconscious. She is immediately rushed to the hospital. Once More We Saw Stars begins with this event, leading the reader into the unimaginable. But although it begins with the anguish Jayson and his wi Two-year-old Greta Greene was sitting with her grandmother on a park bench on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when a...

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Title:Once More We Saw Stars
Author:Jayson Greene
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1524733539
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Once More We Saw Stars Reviews

  • Sandee
    May 24, 2019
    Tearful by page four. Full on pain-in-chest sobbing by page 14. Then intermittent crying throughout. I mean, it was expected. I have a visceral reaction to grief and loss. And I don't mind the catharsis of it all. The memoir was tragic and hopeful. And for music lovers like myself, the...
  • Kim
    May 17, 2019
    First, have a box of tissues, or a couple of boxes. This is a hard, heavy read, but it was worth going with him through the painful retelling of the death of his daughter and how he, his wife, and his family blazed a trail through grief while honoring and remembering his sweet little g...
  • Sarah
    Nov 14, 2018
    An incredibly sad memoir written by a father whose daughter's life is cut short by a freak accident. Shortly after her second birthday, Greta Greene is struck in the head by a crumbling brick. Jayson Greene chronicles the aftermath of her death narrating his stages of grief and quest f...
  • Cynthia
    Nov 05, 2018
    4.5. Heart wrenching, insightful, and beautifully written. ...
  • Susan
    May 27, 2019
    Wow. So hard to read but so worth it. ...
  • Vivek Tejuja
    May 06, 2019
    I am not a parent. I will never know what it is like to lose a child. To grieve for the loss of someone you have created, looked over, been paranoid over, and prayed to God that they live healthy and happy, and yet you have no control over what happens to them. The sheer helplessness...
  • Annette
    May 18, 2019
    Beautiful, heartbreaking and honest look at how grief transforms us- and can redeem us to live with our fragility. I listened to a podcast with the author and his raw honesty took my breath away. ...
  • Jolean
    Jun 11, 2019
    Beautiful. Horrible. I have no more words. ...
  • Jt O'Neill
    Jun 03, 2019
    This book is remarkable. I'll start with that. I'd read the reviews and requested it from the library but once I picked it up, I wasn't sure that it was such a good idea to read it. This memoir is the story of the tragic and unexpected death of the author's two year old child. Why woul...
  • Susan
    Jun 02, 2019
    Loved this book! Couldn?t put it down. Losing a child is unimaginable, and especially the way it happened to this little girl. I didn?t think I could read this story. However, it was told so well by the little girl?s father with such love and honesty, taking you through his darke...
  • Leah K
    Jun 19, 2019
    "I am the reminder of the most unwelcome message in human history: Children - yours, mine - they don't necessarily live". This book is absolutely heartbreaking. Jayson and Stacy have to deal with what no parent should have to - the death of their child. This book goes through their ...
  • Joanne  Clarke Gunter
    Jun 02, 2019
    A heartbreaking book. You will cry. But that is a normal reaction to the random, accidental death of an innocent 2 year-old child. The book is interesting because it details how the author and his wife coped with the overwhelming grief of losing their beloved Greta and slowly moved for...
  • Amanda
    Jun 07, 2019
    I am just...*floored* at how good this book is. It?s about the most wretchedly unfair thing in the world, and yet it?s imbued with hope throughout. It?s fiercely, unflinchingly raw and honest?and also unexpectedly funny at times. Above all, it?s a breathtakingly beautiful lov...
  • Amy
    May 16, 2019
    I don?t have the words to describe how heartbreaking, poignant, haunting and brilliantly written this memoir is. I read it with tears streaming down my face. ...
  • Madeleine
    Oct 09, 2018
    This book, a true story written by a father who lost his two year old daughter in a freak accident, somehow pulls off the miraculous feat of being both crushingly sad and hauntingly beautiful. I have left a trail of tears throughout Manhattan in all the places I devoured this heartbrea...
  • Roseanne Cheng
    Oct 29, 2018
    Gutting and positivity beautiful. Thank you @jayson_greene for sharing Greta with us. ...
  • Taylor Noel
    Dec 26, 2018
    A beautiful, devastating eloquent memoir about what?s it?s like to lose a child and continue living. It?s a journey of grief and hope and resilience, and one I will not easily forget. ...
  • Nigel
    Mar 27, 2019
    There is a sense in which this is an almost unbearable story initially. The author's two year old daughter, Greta, is killed when a brick falls from a windowsill above where she is sitting. As a parent and grandparent I find this something I maybe would prefer not to think about I gues...
  • Sheri S.
    Jul 19, 2019
    A very moving and raw account of grief and how one couple navigated (and continues to navigate) the difficulties associated with a tragic loss... I appreciated the author's honest description of what he went through and how he and his wife were willing to process their grief and sadnes...
  • Charles Kreger
    May 23, 2019
    It is a parent?s worst nightmare to lose a child. I appreciate Jayson?s willingness to share his heart and soul with us as he deals with the tremendous grief that follows. I was saddened and puzzled to see Jayson and his wife go to extreme and extravagant effort to find their daugh...
  • Dean
    May 18, 2019
    "Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir" is a book that is at once heartbreaking and inspirational. Jayson Greene wastes no time getting to the accident that took the life of his 2-year-old daughter, Greta, much too soon; we learn about the tragedy on the second page of the book. From there,...
  • Ashlee Tominey
    May 21, 2019
    I marvel at the author?s ability to share such an intensely personal and heartbreaking story and to capture such a breadth of emotions and thoughts in the retelling. Sometimes the right book comes along to help process emotions you didn?t even know you had. This book cracked m...
  • Lisa
    Jun 18, 2019
    Incredibly tragic, raw and honest, yet filled with hope. Parts were a bit too new age-y for my taste. 4/5 stars. ...
  • Martha Kelly
    Feb 05, 2019
    Incredibly moving and uplifting at the same time. Loved it. ...
  • Joy Johnson
    Jun 19, 2019
    A terribly moving memoir of moving forward after an unimaginable loss. I loved the hope this book offers to young parents who have lost a child. A hope that they can honor their child?s memory and go on to love another. I will say, and from experience, one can never replace a child. ...
  • Cassidy
    Sep 21, 2018
    The entire first half of this book made me sob. Having never lost someone close to me, I found the second half about their grief very interesting, overwhelming, and hopeful. All I am left with is wanting peace for every person in this book. ...
  • Steph Snyder
    Jul 01, 2019
    This book made me realize just how much I take each day for granted?specifically, my child's laughs, funny little sayings, sticky fingers, loving hugs. If you need perspective in your life, this is quite the read that will give it to you. I'm still crying! ...
  • Dana Mackey
    Jun 03, 2019
    This book broke my heart ten times over today. Strange, then, that I ultimately found it uplifting. Seems like a lot of uplifting stories can still wreck your heart every which way? ...
  • Natasha Khanna
    May 23, 2019
    I sobbed my way through this one. It was gorgeous and life changing. Beautiful writing accompanies a heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting and hopeful story. ...
  • Susan Jarrell
    May 09, 2019
    Living in NY, one often comes upon books left for the taking on stoops. Out of one such offering last week?in fancy Ft. Greene no less?I picked this book up and my life is the better for it. I do not understand how Greene could write so descriptively and beautifully about momen...