Earlier this week I got an email from Amazon.com suggesting some books I might like. Much to my amusement the books included were The Bell Jar, The Virgin Suicides, and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Sense a theme here? Yes, even the software that compiles book suggestions at Amazon knows I’m depressed! Those evil bastards!
In defense of the evil bastards, I guess I have ordered quite a few memoirs and self help books about depression in the past couple of weeks. So, I’m sure that had something to do with the suggestions from Amazon.
I haven’t felt like leaving the house much. Not even to go to the book store. So I ordered from Amazon. I bought the following books:
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression by Sally Bramptton
Killing the Black Dog: A Memoir of Depression By Les Murray
The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms by Mary Beth Williams, Ph.D., LCSW, CTS & Soili Poijula, Ph.D.
Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster by Kristen Johnston
I am trying to read the above books in between the ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) I have to read for review. I’m currently not accepting as many ARCs as usual, so I can leave more time to read other stuff. So far out of the above books I have only gotten around to reading It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita by Heather Armstrong. For those couple of you who aren’t familiar with Heather Armstrong, she is the blogger behind the insanely popular website Dooce.com.
Armstrong’s memoir is about her struggle with depression after the birth of her first child. It is inspiring and funny, and it was just the kind of thing I needed to read during the hell that has been my life over the past couple of weeks. Her story of triumph over depression is a must read for both new moms struggling with depression and women like me who always seem to be dealing with depression.
I have been feeling a bit better since my last post. I actually left the house twice on Friday. I went to see The Hunger Games with my sister-in-law and two of my oldest and dearest friends. The movie was great and we had a good time catching up before it. That night I went to a Med Alliance party for Dr.’s Day that was at the gorgeous home of a couple that Nate and I are good friends with. Despite how horrible my week had been, I was able to have a good time with Nate and some of our closest friends.
I also managed to get some reading done this week. I read The Thirteen by Susie Moloney which I absolutely loved. I am about a 100 pages into My Custom Van: And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays that Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face by Michael Ian Black. It is hilarious. Two chapters had me laughing so hard I woke Nate up when I was reading in bed next to him. They were called “One Day, I’m Going to Open A Scented Candle Shop,” and “Why I Used A Day-Glo Magic Marker To Color My Dick Yellow.” You’ll just have to read it to see why they’re so funny.
I’ve also been reading Flatscreen: A Novel by Adam Wilson. I’m about 100 pages into it as well. It’s really good but pretty sad. So I’ve been alternating between it and My Custom Van to keep myself from getting in “sad panda” mode. (I actually bought a framed cross stich of a sad panda from Etsy seller LadyBeta. It is awesome. )
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Anyway, I hope you guys are all having an awesome week. Things are getting better for me little by little. All of your kind words and comments on the blog, Twitter, and Facebook have meant more to me than you can possibly know. Also, one of my best friends sent me a dozen cupcakes in the mail to cheer me up a few days ago. They were the best cupcakes I have ever eaten. She rocks!
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FTC Disclosure: All of the Amazon links in this post are through my Amazon Affiliate account and I will make a small commission if you purchase anything.
Just in case you don’t get the “sad panda” reference, here is the clip from South Park it refers to. (This is sort of lewd, so don’t watch if you might be offended.):