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Discussion Guide

Butter Side Up: How I Survived My Most Terrible Year and Created My Super Awesome Life

By Jane Enright

How often have you heard someone say, “I hate change?” That’s because most people do.


The reality is, whether you like it or not, life puts us all through changes—some challenging, and many joyful—that shape our day-to-day experiences. Sometimes , though, in the blink of an eye, the unthinkable can happen. This begs the question: when the unexpected occurs, how do successfully navigate change so you land butter side up when life turns the tables?


Butter Side Up is not self-help jargon: is edutainment for the soul. Jane Enright’s true story of surviving three life-altering events in the span of twelve months, losing everything, and coming out the other end stronger and more resilient than ever before is compelling and riveting—and full of sage advice for how to do the same. A feel—good story that everyone can relate to and learn from, Butter Side Up shows that there can be happiness and joy after unplanned change—and super awesome life, too.


This discussion guide was shared and sponsored in partnership with Jane Enright.

Discussion Questions

Use these discussion questions to guide your next book club meeting.

What was your initial reaction to Butter Side Up? Why did you choose to read it?


Was there anything about the book that surprised you?

How did you feel reading the book?

“Enright is a wonderfully clear-minded narrator of her own experiences. . .  The result is a stirringly believable tale of personal reinvention. An unsparing, ultimately uplifting account of turning a crisis into a new view of life.”

Kirkus Reviews


Butter Side Up is an insightful memoir that draws lessons from Jane Enright’s personal challenges.”

Foreword Reviews


“Wow, talk about an inspirational but REAL book. Jane tells us how she survived the worst year of her life. . . She doesn't make it fluffy and rainbows, she makes it real and relatable. This book is a must-read!”

Askaway Blog


“It’s hard to believe that after the heart-wrenching, life-altering curve balls life threw at Jane Enright, she came out on top…butter side up. I'm inspired by her story and her optimism!” 

—Brad Aronson, Author of the national bestseller, HumanKind: Changing the World One Small Act At a Time


“The OMG strategy is brilliant. I love the feel of the 'outside-in thinking' mindfulness that revolves around the value of gratitude. We're getting a sunny rain shower of bright insights and advice for balance and wellness that delivers much-needed comfort and real talk right now, helping the reader to a better path.” 

—Writer's Digest