Let's Pretend This Never Happened is a (mostly true) memoir by Jenny Lawson. This is her first book; I previously reviewed her second book, Furiously Happy. Jenny has a fabulously quirky sense of humour. The book is packed with plenty of wildlife—alive, taxidermied, and otherwise. The book starts off with a bang in the author's… Continue reading Book Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
I've seen other bloggers working on or publishing memoirs, and I decided a little while back that I wanted to do the same. I even started working on writing it. Except I've started wondering if I should reconsider. There's a lot of work that would be involved in writing, publishing, and promoting a book. But… Continue reading Memoirs: To Write or Not to Write?
Polishing the Facets of Life with Bipolar is a memoir by E.M. Sebree about learning to live with bipolar disorder. Like many people bipolar, she was first diagnosed with depression, which was triggered by sexual abuse. While she was still in high school she became manic, and she shares the psychotic symptoms she experienced and her… Continue reading Book Review: Polishing the Facets of Life with Bipolar
Bring Me To Light: Embracing my Bipolar and Social Anxiety by Eleanor Segall describes her journey with mental illness, from pre-diagnosis through her work on recovery. It's written in clear, simple language, making it easy to understand for readers with no background knowledge of mental illness. She begins by talking about her Jewish heritage and… Continue reading Book Review: Bring Me To Light
Getting By: Understanding Lifelong Depression is a memoir by Jack Trelance that explores his experiences with depression. The author has lived with depression since his teens, and admits to planning his first suicide attempt at age 14. He describes his first suicide attempt at age 25, and afterwards he didn't feel sadness but rather "a slow-burning… Continue reading Book Review: Getting By
Depression the Comedy: A Tale of Perseverance by Canadian comedian Jessica Holmes demonstrates that the people who make us laugh can get depressed too. I think Holmes is an excellent comedian, and I love the idea of bringing a comedic approach to a book about depression; however, some of the comedy aspect was a bit… Continue reading Book Review: Depression: The Comedy
In Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, Jenny Lawson uses "furiously happy" as a weapon to counter mental illness, and intends to "destroy the goddamn universe with my irrational joy and I will spew forth pictures of clumsy kittens and baby puppies adopted by raccoons and MOTHERFUCKING NEWBORN LLAMAS DIPPED IN GLITTER AND THE… Continue reading Book Review: Furiously Happy