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 Two-year-old Greta Greene was sitting with her grandmother on a park bench on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when a brick ...

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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

  • 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...
  • Bonny
    Sep 11, 2019
    My husband's family lost their oldest son to malignant melanoma when he was 29-years-old, and this tragic event served to divide the family's story sharply into before-Jim-died and after-Jim-died. Every one of the remaining four siblings changed, some more markedly than others, and as ...
  • 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...
  • Stacie Buckley
    Oct 30, 2019
    It feels terribly awkward to give this a star rating. It?s one man?a beautiful, raw, tragic, grief-stricken, horrifying recount of not only the freak accidental death of his two year old daughter, but also of his grief and pain and anger, that of his wife, and other family members....
  • 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...
  • Rebecca
    Sep 11, 2019
    We live in a world where a brick can crumble off of an eighth-story Manhattan windowsill and strike a two-year-old child in the head as she?s chattering with her grandmother on a bench below. This is what happened to Greta Greene in 2015. Her head injury was too severe to survive; al...
  • Bexa
    Jun 09, 2019
    3.5 Stars - I'm not marking this as spoilers, because you can't really spoil a book like this, but I do talk about all the parts of the book, so if you haven't read it or don't want my opinion of all the parts then I would skip my review. I remembering reading the review and wanting...
  • Kristen Freiburger
    Oct 07, 2019
    It started out powerful, raw and moving. The second half fell apart imo. ...
  • 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...
  • Ginger Bensman
    Sep 22, 2019
    "Children who lose parents are orphans; bereaved spouses are widows. But what do you call parents who lose children? It seems telling to me there is no word in our language for our situation. It is unspeakable, and by extension, we are not supposed to exist." (page 103) An exquisite...
  • 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-...
  • 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...
  • Nancy Brooks Bourne
    Sep 15, 2019
    This was the most heart breaking book I have ever read. I did listen to the audio book read by the author and I cried the entire time. It is raw and excruciating to listen to yet beautiful and moving all at once. How the author was able to put into words his grief in such a stunningly ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Heather
    Oct 18, 2019
    It doesn?t feel right to give a star rating to a book like this. This is a true story and it is written from the heart. It is beautifully written and it is a wonderful, heartfelt tribute to the little girl this couple lost. I was inspired by the strength of this couple and the love b...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...