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Performed by the author featuring original music by Nick Cordero.

Amanda Kloots bravely reflects on love, loss, and life with her husband, Broadway star, and Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero, whose public battle with COVID-19 and tragic death made headlines around the world.

In March 2020, Broadway star and Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero was hospitalized for what he and his wife, Amanda Kloots, believed to be a severe case of pneumonia. Entering the hospital, they had every reason to believe that Nick - a young father and otherwise healthy man - would return home. After an eventual diagnosis of COVID-19 that led to Nick’s being placed on a ventilator, Amanda took to documenting their journey on social media, showing the dangers COVID-19 posed to everyone, regardless of age. Her updates quickly captivated millions, inspiring people around the globe to dance each day to Nick’s song “Live Your Life” and offer positive thoughts and prayer. When he passed away after 95 grueling days in the ICU, the world grieved for Amanda, her infant son, Elvis, and the future COVID-19 had snatched away from them.

Live Your Life is the story of Nick and Amanda’s life together - of their beautiful relationship, of Nick’s dramatic fight for survival, of those sudden tragic months that permanently changed her world and ours - and of their interrupted future as a family. From the confusing early days of his illness to searching for signs of hope in every update from the doctors to the healing sound of Elvis’s laughter, Amanda details how she approached even the most devastating moments with the personal optimism and faith that have shaped her life. Written with her sister Anna Kloots, who was with her every step of this journey, Live Your Life explores how Amanda’s willingness to accept help from an entire community of people - friends, family, and even total strangers - played a vital role in enduring this hardship. In the process, she offers a touching meditation on how even the worst times have silver linings that deepen our connections to the world around us and to the people who matter most.

What emerges is an inspiring and unexpectedly uplifting message for life in the time of COVID, a vision of courage for anyone coping with overwhelming loss or the collective trauma of what the pandemic has taken from us. A poignant reflection on love, hope, motherhood, and the transformational power of music, Live Your Life is a love letter to Nick and a reminder that, sometimes, celebrating life today is the only path through tomorrow’s darkness.

©2021 Amanda Kloots and Anna Kloots (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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A must read

This was such a beautiful story that moved me from tears to laughs back to tears and every emotion in between. Like many I had followed Amanda’s journey on Instagram and I think it’s safe to say I was blown away with this book and hearing her story. Amanda your courage is inspiring and this is definitely a book everyone should read!

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On Chapter 5 and I LOVE IT

I just wanted to make a review even though I just started. I will update when finished. I have followed Amanda's story since the beginning and I feel like I was right there with them. Such a beautiful story so far. Can't wait to hear the whole thing!

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Amazing and touching story

I could not stop listening to Amanda as she unravelled the details of her journey trying to help save Nick’s life. So much more was going on that the public was aware of. I am in awe of her, her family and Nick’s efforts to remain in this earth for his wife and child. The only thing that could have been better was a happy ending.

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My God, this book. Love, Love, Love.

I have never relistened to a book, but this will be my 1st. Loved it.

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Wonderful to hear the whole story

I am one of millions who have grown to know and love Amanda, Elvis, Anna, and their whole family. It was wonderful to hear the behind the scenes full version of the story. I must admit that I found some parts difficult/awkward, but that doesn’t take away from the overall excellence of this book.

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A beautifully raw story of love and loss

I am a proud member of Amanda & Nicks Instagram Army. I prayed, danced with my 3 little girls every single day at 3pm singing ‘Live Your Life’. I followed along closely but this is the entire story. It’s full of every emotion possible— I loved every moment of it and finished it in a day. 5 ⭐️’s (because that’s the most you can give!) Alison Langridge (OilyElephant on insta)

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  • Jennifer Galang
  • 2021-06-16

Heart wrenching and beautiful

I finished this book the day it came out and sobbed multiple times through out. It’s not just a story of loss during Covid-19 but also the power of love, hope, community and most of all the power of positivity.

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  • Mike M
  • 2021-06-19

Inspirational at its core

I bought the book and just had to hear the audio as well. Amanda’s positivity and determination to advocate for her husband is just incredible and inspirational.

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  • Jennifer Albano
  • 2021-06-18

Incredible story of love and loss

I followed Amanda on Instagram throughout Nick’s time in the hospital and would look for her updates throughout the day just hoping for her miracle. I so appreciate her sharing the good times with the hard through her grieving process.

Like another reviewer, I was wondering what more would be revealed since she was so candid on Instagram and like the other person, I am blown away by everything that she went through. We should all be so lucky to have a strong support system in our darkest days.

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  • julie
  • 2021-06-19

must read live your life

such a tragic story but Amanda Kloots is a brave and honest woman and I love her!

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  • Allyse Spisak
  • 2021-06-19

Grace in Tragedy

Like so many people, I have followed Nick and Amanda’s story since it was first in the media. I was always amazed with the grace, strength and positivity she showed throughout the most difficult time in her life. I thought I knew their story, but after listening to Amanda tell her story in her own words, I am even more amazed.

It is such a beautiful display of grace in tragedy, from how she interacted with the doctors and staff at the hospital, to how she made sure Elvis never felt that anxiety or sadness. She and Nick will forever be in my heart.

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  • E. Gandarilla
  • 2021-06-19

Life your life WOW !

I never read a book with so much honesty, it has you crying one moment laughing the next ! It’s like you were there part of what was happening wanting all to be fine imagining that thru all the hear ache there was togetherness there was hope there was love , truly made me think that there are people willing to help and be human that humanity still gave me hope .thank you kloots family , thank you Cordero family for sharing this beautiful part of your Life .
Tania Gandarilla

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  • AmazonGuy
  • 2021-06-19

Beautiful! Soulful! A book of this time but also timeless!

Amanda Kloots along with her sister, Anna Kloots, have shared a story of love, loss and life after loss so honestly and bravely. At a time of such devastating sorrow they have created something beautiful and transformative. I laughed and cried alongside them on this journey. This is essentially an uplifting book because there is grace- the ability to see the goodness in life and people and a faith in what we can’t see but know is there - eternally. Love.

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  • S. Melton
  • 2021-06-18

Heart-wrenching and beautiful!

A powerful story of love, loss, family and positivity. I’m so glad the author narrated this herself. Her authentic emotions coming through in her own voice was so powerful, nobody else could have narrated this book. I laughed with her, felt her frustrations, and bawled my eyes out. I’ll continue to follow her and Elvis’ story on Instagram and pray for healing for her and her family. So glad I bought this audiobook!

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  • 2021-06-18

Heartbreaking in the most positive way

I followed Amanda’s story all of last spring/summer. This book is an amazing tribute to Nick. A love story of absolute courage and faith. Absolutely beautiful !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-06-16

I was crying in the prologue

This is a touching and such an important story in so many ways.
Wow - the love you share and you really humanized COVID-19. I can only imagine how many stories like yours are out there.

Thank you for sharing your life and Nick’s life! I truly love you both. Makes you wonder where Nick was going when he would stare at the sky? Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now ❤️

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