No Blanks, No Pauses

A Path to Loving Self and Others

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Pub Date 02 Feb 2021 | Archive Date 01 Sep 2021

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Born the youngest of fifteen siblings in Lakewood, Ohio, Shelly McNamara began writing as a child to explore her inner self and make sense of the world around her. From the grief of losing close friends and family, the pain of estrangement and rejection, and a deep desire to make the world a more respectful, loving, and inclusive place, Shelly wrote poetry and stories of hope and strength. Writing helped her embrace her own identity while she waited for the world to recognize her lifelong commitment to the woman she loves and the family they built together. As the Chief Equality & Inclusion Officer at Procter & Gamble, one of the world's most admired companies, Shelly has used her powerful insights and compassion to elevate the consciousness and connection of people from around the globe. Now, for the first time, Shelly is bringing her poetry and powerful stories to us all.

No Blanks, No Pauses is an exploration of one woman's journey to live a full and authentic life that holds lessons for each of us. Shelly has written her way through adversity and heartbreak to discover that dreams are worth pursuing, injustice is worth challenging, and peace and fairness are what matter most. This book's mixture of memoir, poetry, and insightful questions draws us in and gives us confidence that we, too, can heal, connect, and love more expansively than we ever thought possible.

Born the youngest of fifteen siblings in Lakewood, Ohio, Shelly McNamara began writing as a child to explore her inner self and make sense of the world around her. From the grief of losing close...


Advance Praise

Named One of the "Best Books of 2021—So Far" by Fortune

“Weaving her life story with beautiful poetry, Shelly McNamara encourages all of us to think deeply about the direction of our lives and the relationships that count. Shelly’s introspection, gratitude, and most of all, courage, should remind everyone what really matters, today and every day.”
—Katie Couric, Founder, Katie Couric Media
 
“In No Blanks, No Pauses, Shelly McNamara exemplifies the personal growth and resilience that comes with living a mindful life, an authentic life. Acceptance and understanding are essential to growing tolerant, compassionate, empathic, and ultimately loving organizations and communities. Through her personal stories, Shelly shares a compelling, heart-led path forward for each of us to follow to become our best selves. It is essential reading for all leaders who strive to create thriving, productive teams.”
—Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global
 
“I have never read anything that comes close to interweaving such frank and compelling stories of the challenge of growing up . . . of simply growing . . . with deeply insightful and inspiring poems that imbue these stories and their lessons with even greater meaning. What’s more, these poems, exceptionally concise and evocative, will live on in memory.”
—John Pepper, former CEO and Chairman, Procter & Gamble
 
“By sharing the significant events that have shaped her life in No Blanks, No Pauses, Shelly McNamara shows us how to accept, understand, and be transformed by love and loss. McNamara’s belief in the goodness of human beings and her desire to make all that she encounters better than it was is inspiring. Her story will serve as a model to any of us—no matter what our age, gender, sexuality, social class, race/ethnicity, or nationality—who must look hardship in the eye and view it as an occasion for personal growth and a truer self.”
—Dr. Mahzarin R. Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics,
Harvard University
 
“The idea of acceptance, love, and understanding of a family to members of the LGBTQ+ community is often either a dream we never achieve or something we have to create ourselves through a family of choice. In her book, Shelly shares her loving yet painfully honest story of how having a loving (and large!) family can pave the way to creating one’s own beautiful family—and importantly, how such connection and empathy can translate into leadership in the business community and the world.”
—Todd Sears, CEO and Founder, Out Leadership

Named One of the "Best Books of 2021—So Far" by Fortune

“Weaving her life story with beautiful poetry, Shelly McNamara encourages all of us to think deeply about the direction of our lives and the...


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How frustrating is it to be told by all the different sources the things you must do to be successful in life? This book definitely does NOT do that. It instead takes an empathetic approach and gives bite size approaches and allows you to have kindness and patience with yourself when dealing with life. This is so necessary for everyone to read in life. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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Thank you Amplify Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book. When I saw the genres, to be honest, I had a little bit of expectations of it to be more poetic. I tried to hard to get into the story because it really is a fascinating biography. The meaning of poetry to me is that it should drive the reader to expect more and to be fulfilled with something they cannot explain. Some of the poems were emotional and I could understand the pain of the writer. Especially the poem "Is it Time to Forgive" was an emotional one about acceptance and forgiving: "How do you forgive someone Who never apologized For the pain The suffering The absence" Although there was a disconnection between the book and me, it has a great story about love and loving yourself but it is just an opinionated biography and that bit I really loved. It is about someone who is both hurting and seeking love in general. The thing is in the end I felt that McNamara was trying to engage with the reader through her words, trying to connect as a friend giving different approaches to situations she was listing, that happened in her life.

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"...How do you forgive someone Who never apologized For the pain The suffering The absence..." No Blanks, No Spaces is part poetry and part memoir. The author's resilience in rising out of being the youngest of 15 children raised by a single mother to being the Chief Equality & Inclusion Officer at Procter & Gamble is nothing but admirable. The book is both comforting and motivating. I'm not one for memoirs but I enjoyed this blend of poetry with personal anecdotes. Love that the book talks about empathy and love quite substantially! Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.

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Book 18 of my 2021 Reading Challenge No Blanks, No Pauses by Shelly McNamara Summary (via NetGalley) published 2021 Born the youngest of fifteen siblings in Lakewood, Ohio, Shelly McNamara began writing as a child to explore her inner self and make sense of the world around her. From the grief of losing close friends and family, the pain of estrangement and rejection, and a deep desire to make the world a more respectful, loving, and inclusive place, Shelly wrote poetry and stories of hope and strength. Writing helped her embrace her own identity while she waited for the world to recognize her lifelong commitment to the woman she loves and the family they built together. As the Chief Equality & Inclusion Officer at Procter & Gamble, one of the world's most admired companies, Shelly has used her powerful insights and compassion to elevate the consciousness and connection of people from around the globe. Now, for the first time, Shelly is bringing her poetry and powerful stories to us all. No Blanks, No Pauses is an exploration of one woman's journey to live a full and authentic life that holds lessons for each of us. Shelly has written her way through adversity and heartbreak to discover that dreams are worth pursuing, injustice is worth challenging, and peace and fairness are what matter most. This book's mixture of memoir, poetry, and insightful questions draws us in and gives us confidence that we, too, can heal, connect, and love more expansively than we ever thought possible. First Impressions/Judging a Book by Its Cover I chose this book on NetGalley (full disclaimer below). The cover caught my interest because the photo of the house has an old-timey blurry feel and the description, a combination of memoir and poetry written by the youngest of 15 children, sounded interesting and unique. My Opinion 5 stars **I received an electronic copy of this book via NetGalley and would like to thank the author and/or publisher for the opportunity to read and honestly review it.** This was definitely the right book at the right time for me. I don't have a lot of focus or tolerance for suspense at the moment which is why I've been reading a lot of short stories and poetry. This book was a good length with enough depth to keep it interesting but also a touch of "chicken soup for the soul" in how things work out. There were questions at the end of each story that acted as built-in reminders to stop and sit with the reactions for a minute. It's a book of reflection if you want it to be but it's not forced down your throat if you don't. It also isn't a religious book...she talks about her faith in the scope of her life but not as an end-all, be-all answer to everything. She made a really interesting point about remaining in the closet. She said staying closeted because you're concerned about their reaction/judgement is also a form of judgement because you're assuming how someone will react without giving them a chance. She doesn't present it in a "Pollyanna" kind of way because we all know the world we live in and there are serious issues that could prevent someone coming out but more as something to think about if the reason is more fear-based than safety-based.

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This book has touched me in ways few have. I just put this book down after reading it within a matter of hours. My one complaint is this: it should have been longer. This memoir, a combination of poetry and life stories is arguably one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. Diving into themes of love, grief, family, equality, faith, and so much more, this book gave me a sense of peace that can only be described as "feeling like a hug". Though it was written by a lesbian, and the themes of being LGBTQ+ are prevalent in this book, I wouldn't limit this book to those who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. This book needs to be read by all. In the matter of hours in which I read this book I only put it down a handful of times, and every time I did I couldn't stop thinking about it. This is one of those books that is going to stay with me forever.

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Very deep, moving and thought provoking This stays with you for a long long time (probably forever).

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Shelly McNamara writes with honesty and bravery in a memoir that could be a mentor text for the genre. I appreciate this author's willingness to explore personal story in a public way.

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A phenomenal memoir mixed with poetry that was so beautiful. I think this was a masterclass on writing. It was incredibly poignant and I truly believe that everyone can learn something about themselves and life from this work.

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