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In the space of a few days, Carrie loses her marriage, her career, and her home—all while working in Lagos, Nigeria. She is blindsided by the losses and realizes the story she painstakingly knit together over the past two decades—the story explaining her life and who she is—has unraveled.With no plan for the future and only her deaf cat, Lucy, for company, Carrie decides t In the space of a few days, Carrie loses her marriage, her career, and her home—all while working in Lagos, Nigeria. She is blindsided by the losses and realizes the story she painstakingly knit together over the past two decades—the story explaining her life and who she is—has unraveled.With no plan for the future and only her deaf cat, Lucy, for company, Carrie decides to remain in Africa until she figures out what has just happened.What happens next is an awkward, amusing, and ultimately inspiring journey as Carrie slowly lets go of who she thought she was and starts from scratch at middle-age: making unlikely friends, acquiring dump trucks, tumbling into an improbable love affair, and eventually learning to listen to the elusive and sometimes annoying voice helping her discover who she is, find the neglected artist inside, and piece together her unexpected new life.


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In the space of a few days, Carrie loses her marriage, her career, and her home—all while working in Lagos, Nigeria. She is blindsided by the losses and realizes the story she painstakingly knit together over the past two decades—the story explaining her life and who she is—has unraveled.With no plan for the future and only her deaf cat, Lucy, for company, Carrie decides t In the space of a few days, Carrie loses her marriage, her career, and her home—all while working in Lagos, Nigeria. She is blindsided by the losses and realizes the story she painstakingly knit together over the past two decades—the story explaining her life and who she is—has unraveled.With no plan for the future and only her deaf cat, Lucy, for company, Carrie decides to remain in Africa until she figures out what has just happened.What happens next is an awkward, amusing, and ultimately inspiring journey as Carrie slowly lets go of who she thought she was and starts from scratch at middle-age: making unlikely friends, acquiring dump trucks, tumbling into an improbable love affair, and eventually learning to listen to the elusive and sometimes annoying voice helping her discover who she is, find the neglected artist inside, and piece together her unexpected new life.

30 review for Blue Yarn: A Memoir About Loss, Letting Go, and What Happens Next

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lillian Cummings

    Carrie has everything going for her a beautiful house, a loving husband and a new exciting adventure in Lagos Nigeria but that all changes when her husband tells her that he doesn't love her anymore. He needs a break and then he will see how he feels in a couple of months, Carrie agrees to that as she knows that they can make it work. So she goes off to Lagos with her deaf cat Lucy but things go awry and she finds herself thrown out of her accommodation and without a job. She knows that she does Carrie has everything going for her a beautiful house, a loving husband and a new exciting adventure in Lagos Nigeria but that all changes when her husband tells her that he doesn't love her anymore. He needs a break and then he will see how he feels in a couple of months, Carrie agrees to that as she knows that they can make it work. So she goes off to Lagos with her deaf cat Lucy but things go awry and she finds herself thrown out of her accommodation and without a job. She knows that she doesn't want to go home as he has decided that he wants out. Her travels will take her from Nigeria to Tanzania where she will find new friends and have many different adventures some good some not so much. Then she knows that it is time to go home since then her ex has gotten married and divorced and she realizes her worth and what she deserves. A great read. I have just gone through the same thing left wondering why I wasn't good enough and never getting the answers that I needed. But I have done the solo trip back to Africa and found out so much more about myself. We are strong independent women that deserve love and respect.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    A poetic journey of discovery I don't usually read books that have loss as a main part of their theme, but I know Carrie from childhood and I wanted to read her book. What I found, was that while this book told of her loss, it is more strongly a book of hope and discovery of self. I'm amazed that Carrie was able to so beautifully put her journey of healing and travels into a compelling book. I learned about traveling in Africa, and different cultures. I highlighted many profound paragraphs about A poetic journey of discovery I don't usually read books that have loss as a main part of their theme, but I know Carrie from childhood and I wanted to read her book. What I found, was that while this book told of her loss, it is more strongly a book of hope and discovery of self. I'm amazed that Carrie was able to so beautifully put her journey of healing and travels into a compelling book. I learned about traveling in Africa, and different cultures. I highlighted many profound paragraphs about this journey called life, and even though I avoid painful things, there are so many good lessons as we experience sad things. I learned so much about life from this book. Carrie, I stand in awe of your bravery, your zest for life, and your ability to put your experiences into compelling, poetic words.I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in self discovery and for those who love to travel and explore.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Charissa

    This book really did have an incredible amount of potential. That's what disappointed me so much. "I’m sitting in front of an antiquated PC in a hot Internet café in Lagos, Nigeria, reading my e-mail. I am in this café because I no longer have a computer. I can’t use my phone, because I no longer have that either." The opening scenes of the book are magnetic, but the overarching storyline of the book itself is meandering. It needed some tight editing to help weed out distracting details. I kept s This book really did have an incredible amount of potential. That's what disappointed me so much. "I’m sitting in front of an antiquated PC in a hot Internet café in Lagos, Nigeria, reading my e-mail. I am in this café because I no longer have a computer. I can’t use my phone, because I no longer have that either." The opening scenes of the book are magnetic, but the overarching storyline of the book itself is meandering. It needed some tight editing to help weed out distracting details. I kept searching for the key elements of a good story--the compelling protagonist, the point of conflict, the overcoming--and they were there in the shadows but never made their grand appearance. It was a story worth telling. I wish that it had been better told.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gabi Coatsworth

    In search of meaning—found through African travels An enjoyable and unusual memoir. The author finds herself stranded in Lagos, Nigeria, after her career and marriage fall apart, and he succession of adventures make for interesting reading. This also works as a travel book, making me fee I want to see Mombasa and Zanzibar, among other African destinations. Her obvious affection for the various African nationals that she meets is refreshing, and I was glad when she reached the end of her wandering In search of meaning—found through African travels An enjoyable and unusual memoir. The author finds herself stranded in Lagos, Nigeria, after her career and marriage fall apart, and he succession of adventures make for interesting reading. This also works as a travel book, making me fee I want to see Mombasa and Zanzibar, among other African destinations. Her obvious affection for the various African nationals that she meets is refreshing, and I was glad when she reached the end of her wanderings feel no liberated from her past. #memoir #Africatravels #CarrieClasson #womensmemoir

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Tummey

    I bought this because the free sample interested me and I didn't know much about Nigeria. Two-thirds of the way through, I got bored and wished it would end. Then I picked it up again after a break and read the final part, which is beautifully-written. If you want to read about Africa, some of the descriptions in this book make you feel like you're actually there. I bought this because the free sample interested me and I didn't know much about Nigeria. Two-thirds of the way through, I got bored and wished it would end. Then I picked it up again after a break and read the final part, which is beautifully-written. If you want to read about Africa, some of the descriptions in this book make you feel like you're actually there.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amy Von Achen

    I enjoy reading the author's columns online, so I decided to read her memoir. Although I enjoyed reading about her travels and adventures, the book felt more like a travel journal than a life story. She included many interesting facts about the places she visited and the people she met, especially in the first half of the book. The second half dragged for me, and ended rather abruptly. I enjoy reading the author's columns online, so I decided to read her memoir. Although I enjoyed reading about her travels and adventures, the book felt more like a travel journal than a life story. She included many interesting facts about the places she visited and the people she met, especially in the first half of the book. The second half dragged for me, and ended rather abruptly.

  7. 4 out of 5

    audrey

    Exasperatingly Introspective The author's obsessive self examination was reiterated in different words over and over again throughout the interminable story. She would make for a perfect guest on one of Oprah's many pseudo-spiritual 'meaning of life' shows. Exasperatingly Introspective The author's obsessive self examination was reiterated in different words over and over again throughout the interminable story. She would make for a perfect guest on one of Oprah's many pseudo-spiritual 'meaning of life' shows.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Michaels

    An interesting story I love books that have a good main character who develops into a better person as the story goes along. Through struggles and unexpected turns in life, “Carrie” finds herself. A lovely story about self-doubt, soul searching and “ becoming “.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emmy D. Wells

    The book begins with Carrie sitting in an internet cafe in Lagos, Nigeria after having lost her husband, her home, and her job. Oh yeah...and the police are looking for her. How could you not want to read that? Very well written book. I enjoyed every minute of it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pooka MacPhellimey

    An emotional journey. An emotional journey as well as excellent travel writing. The author meets some wonderful characters on the way. it's an engaging read. Recommended. An emotional journey. An emotional journey as well as excellent travel writing. The author meets some wonderful characters on the way. it's an engaging read. Recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    Review of Blue Yarn: A Memoir About Loss, Letting Go, and What Happens Next, by Carrie Classon. Blue Yarn tells the (autobiographical) story of how Carrie Classon rebuilds her life after losing her marriange, her job, and her home, within the space of a few days, all while working in Lagos, Nigeria. This is not my normal type of book: looking at the goodreads reviews show nothing but female readers. But the writing is intelligent and crisp and Classon's story is compelling. The story does drag a b Review of Blue Yarn: A Memoir About Loss, Letting Go, and What Happens Next, by Carrie Classon. Blue Yarn tells the (autobiographical) story of how Carrie Classon rebuilds her life after losing her marriange, her job, and her home, within the space of a few days, all while working in Lagos, Nigeria. This is not my normal type of book: looking at the goodreads reviews show nothing but female readers. But the writing is intelligent and crisp and Classon's story is compelling. The story does drag a bit in the third quarter.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carla Kirkland

  13. 4 out of 5

    Patti Faber

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    Alecia

  15. 5 out of 5

    R.D. House

  16. 5 out of 5

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  17. 4 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

    marion croft

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leanne Bailey

  20. 5 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Hemphill

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debra ward

  30. 4 out of 5

    Miss J Perkins

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