How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression from One Who Knows – Jacqueline Novak
Where to start? On pg 2 Novak is already telling us,
“I definitely won’t try to cure you… No false promises of a life free of depression here …”
Isn’t that refreshing?
memoir? guide is so sarcastically witty that it’s difficult to put down. Be warned, there are plenty of sexual references as well as some cursing, so this book is not for the faint of heart (or the easily offended).
The chapter names and section titles are very creative, as well. Instead of just introducing ‘chapter 1’, ‘chapter 2’, and so forth, we see them instead labeled as things like: “Babyhood: Early Practice in Crying While Making Eye Contact with Strangers”.
There were times in this book when I laughed out loud, and then barged in on my husband (or caught his attention) to read the section to him. Other times, How to Weep in Public was painfully easy to relate to. Stories – about an awful therapist and strange experiments to lose weight, ‘tips’ on how to make things easier to handle and thus be a better ‘depresso’ – flooded the pages. We can’t forget the lists, either. There are lists in this book on everything from: “A Few Good Books for the Depressed” to the “Top Five Tips for Crying in the Shower”.
Novak’s writing is so intensely satirical that you can practically hear the words in her voice – even without having heard her speak before. There’s just so much personality in this book.
If you like a humorous read that still keeps things real, pick up How to Weep in Public. You will be glad you did!
** I feel like I need to address the issue of me being a Christian and reading (much less enjoying!) this book. Yes, I am a Christian. No, I am not easily offended. There are questionable (and even potentially blasphemous, depending on your perspective) sections of this book, but they are few. As far as I am concerned, we hear (and read) cursing pretty much every day. Since this book is not overloaded with cursing, it is not a problem for me. As previously stated, I do not recommend this book to the easily offended. **
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.