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:245 pages pages

Once More We Saw Stars Reviews

  • Janet
    Dec 13, 2018
    This is a doozy of a memoir. When Jayson Greene?s story got almost too tough to endure, I of course continued, acutely aware of how privileged I was to be reading about his heartbreak instead of having had to experience it. This is going to make serious waves. Those who have grieved ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ms.petra
    Jul 18, 2019
    Achingly beautiful. Having had my own losses, I identified with the journey. I have just begun to really grieve and heal 20 years later. It was just so painful I avoided it all together. This story gives hope to what is possibly a most hopeless and helpless experience. We can move forw...
  • Shannon Rochester
    Aug 03, 2019
    As a parent, this was very hard for me to read. My son is now 28 years old but when he was a baby, I would make sure he was breathing at night and I worried about all of the same things other parents worry about. The big things you take into consideration that you should watch out for ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Stephanie
    Jul 09, 2019
    I was so moved by the author?s poignant retelling of his daughter?s accidental death and the years of excruciating grief, struggle, and self exploration that followed. He uses a lot of figurative language that takes the reader directly into his broken heart, and his wife?s broken...
  • 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...
  • Margaret
    Jun 08, 2019
    This book is both beautiful and heartbreaking. It took me back to places I hadn't been in a long time. ( I lost a child years ago and had another afterwards like Jayson and his wife did.) ...
  • Tania
    Jul 03, 2019
    We push the apartment door open and are greeted by silence. Nothing in here knows about Greta?s death?not her red horsey with its empty smile, the toy bin beneath the living room chair, the straps on her purple high chair that she would fiddle with. We bring the news with us into ...
  • 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...
  • Kate
    Aug 18, 2019
    Jayson Greene has the unthinkable happen to him. His two year old daughter is killed after being struck in the head by a piece of falling brick from the eighth floor of an apartment building. This is his memoir about the event and how he and his wife dealt with life after. It?s well-...
  • Jessica Rosner
    Aug 11, 2019
    How do you review such a personal, tragic memoir? I listened to rather than read. The author was the reader, which is usually a mistake, as I felt it was in this case. He has such a flattened voice, except when he is talking as his child, or his wife, or his healers at Kripalu. If yo...
  • 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...
  • Steve Peifer
    Jun 28, 2019
    About half way through this book, I started to think this was one of the greatest books ever written. He combined a penetrating insight with such a lyrical gift with words that four different times I read different parts out loud to my wife. The first half of the book, which deals w...
  • 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...
  • Katherine
    Jul 22, 2019
    This memoir hit me in a way that I did NOT expect. It wasn't written from a religious standpoint, but it did have very spiritual overtones that seemed to take the author by surprise as much as it did me. Greene writes about his experience with senseless loss from a place of visceral ho...
  • Martha Kelly
    Feb 05, 2019
    Incredibly moving and uplifting at the same time. Loved it. ...
  • Jack
    Jul 08, 2019
    A wonderful memoir that encompasses the overwhelming nature of grief, and how the loss of a loved one touches all corners of our life. Greene's writing on the loss of his daughter profoundly speaks on the answers that are sought out after unimaginable loss and the ways in which one mov...
  • 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. ...
  • Jessie
    Jul 27, 2019
    Once More We Saw Stars by Jayson Greene is a memoir of coming up from grief, and honestly, I don?t think I?ve ever cried so hard and so often reading a book. About the sudden death of his two year old daughter Greta, and the short period of time afterwards, this books explores what...
  • 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? ...
  • 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...