A moving, portrait of depression, from the host of the podcast The Hilarious World of Depression
One of Todays‘s Ten Best Inspirational Books, 2020 | One of Huff Post’s 10 Most Anticipated Book Releases Of May 2020
“A funny, honest book about depression, and what you can do despite it.” —Neil Gaiman
“Candid and funny and intimate.” —Susan Orlean
For years John Moe, critically-acclaimed public radio personality and host of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast, struggled with depression; it plagued his family and claimed the life of his brother in 2007. As Moe came to terms with his own illness, he began to see similar patterns of behavior and coping mechanisms surfacing in conversations with others, including high-profile comedians who’d struggled with the disease. Moe saw that there was tremendous comfort and community in open dialogue about these shared experiences and that humor had a unique power. Thus was born the podcast The Hilarious World of Depression.
Inspired by the immediate success of the podcast, Moe has written a remarkable investigation of the disease, part memoir of his own journey, part treasure trove of laugh-out-loud stories and insights drawn from years of interviews with some of the most brilliant minds facing similar challenges. Throughout the course of this powerful narrative, depression’s universal themes come to light, among them, struggles with identity, lack of understanding of the symptoms, the challenges of work-life, self-medicating, the fallout of the disease in the lives of our loved ones, the tragedy of suicide, and the hereditary aspects of the disease.
The Hilarious World of Depression illuminates depression in an entirely fresh and inspiring way.
Loved this and it came at the perfect time! We’re going through something and whether you classify it as depression or not, this book will give you a real, honest look into what’s happening when you feel this way. Filled with a comedic vibe, it’s an easy and necessary read for the times!
Thank you to Netgalley, John Moe and, St. Martin’s Press for the Advanced Reader Copy!