The Hilarious World of Depression: Books

Jenny Lawson and Books That Get Depression Right

We asked our listeners for books they've read that give an accurate depiction of the reality of depression. Happily, we got enough great suggestions to weigh down a shopping cart at the bookstore or leave a library card smoldering. A name that came up a lot was author Jenny Lawson, who happens to be a friend of the show. On this episode, we talk with Jenny and get audio suggestions from a lot of THWoD-balls. 

Books mentioned in the episode:

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time by Alex Korb

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel

Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison

What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by Kate Fagan

Empty by K. M. Walton

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety by Sarah Wilson

Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life by Amanda Stern

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron

Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple

The Bible (The Psalms of David)

Welcome to My Planet by Shannon Olson

Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America by Elizabeth Wurtzel


Other suggestions from fans:

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up by James Hollis

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness Paperback by Kay Redfield Jamison

She's Come Undone Paperback by Wally Lamb

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson and Donna Diamond


See the more suggestions from fans over on our Facebook page.

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