╇ This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression for ipad ▲ Ebook Author Daphne Merkin ◎

╇ This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression for ipad ▲ Ebook Author Daphne Merkin ◎ ╇ This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression for ipad ▲ Ebook Author Daphne Merkin ◎ Merkin narrates with insight, grace and excruciating clarity, in exquisite and sometimes darkly humorous prose For all its highly personal focus, This Close to Happy is an important addition to the literature of mental illness Andrew Solomon, The New York Times Book Review cover review I will not be the last to thank Ms Merkin for resisting this desire to die long enough to give us what is one of the most accurate, and therefore most harrowing, accounts of depression to be written in the last century Ms Merkin speaks candidly and beautifully about aspects of the human condition that usually remain pointedly silent John Kaag, Wall Street JournalWry, self aware a work of lacerating intelligence about a condition that intellect cannot heal The New Yorker A triumph on many levels As insightful and beautifully written as it is brave This Close to Happyearns a place among the canon of books on depression books that offer comfort to fellow depressives and elucidation for those lucky enough to have dodged its scourge Heller McAlpin, Washington Post A stunning self portrait Christian Lorentzen, New YorkA hybrid of memoir, case study, and confession, which joins such classics as Kay Redfield Jamisons An Unquiet Mind and Andrew Solomons The Noonday Demon in the contemporary literature of depression Merkin has written a book that will illuminate, challenge, and possibly even console Adam Kirsch, Tablet This Close to Happy is a testament to Merkin s commitment to capturing the grim distortions that depression can produce This Close to Happy is than a memoir of mental illness Merkin is a good writerperceptive, provocative, relentlessly interrogative of her own experienceand despite her difficult subject matter, she does, in this memoir, what good writers do she sends urgent, cogent dispatches from another world, a protracted battlefield that we might not otherwise know about Lisa Fetchko, Los Angeles Review of Books A compelling chronicle Merkin s work is unique in describing the mundane burden of a deeply felt and closely observed life lived with depression H er account of depression is both personal, literary and, at the same time, existential Tom Teicholz, ForbesMerkin is a wonderful writer whose keen eye for detail and human foibles enables her to brilliantly light her subject In page after page, she delivers elegant, evocative prose Psychology Today This Close to Happy is as illuminating and hard to put down as it is painful People Merkin is a fine stylist She has at her disposal wide ranging allusions, and she draws on poetry with a charming ease, a frankness that assumes her readers sophistication, even as she capably holds the readers hand and clarifies the relevance of a particular reference ForwardDaphne Merkin exhibits shocking honesty in allowing readers to look into her journey Her depth of writing experience on the topic comes through in emotion packed prose This book offers the education necessary for readers need to follow depression as it rises and falls in one womans life, as well as in the lives of thousands of others Wyatt Massey, America MagazineMerkins deeply intimate account of living with clinical depression is illuminating, heartbreaking, and powerfully written With lively prose and shrewd observations Merkins exploration into her complicated yet unconditional devotion to her mother is rendered with compassion and profound perception Merkin eloquently blends the personal with the researched her intellectual tenacity and emotional rawness impress as much as they entertain This book is a wonderful addition to literature about the unrelenting battle against depression Publishers Weekly starred review Dark thoughts hover over virtually every page of this mesmerizing memoir, and yet there is also the very real possibility of hope Merkins exceptional book belongs on the same shelf as such classics as William Styrons Darkness Visible 1990 and Kay Redfield Jamisons An Unquiet Mind 1995 Booklist starred review Merkin has a signature method to her writing, one that exuberantly crosshatches high and lowbrow, and one that reveals and protects in equal measure Bookforum Opening This Close to Happy was like getting a long letter from my best friend at sleepaway camp I had no idea it was this bad for you, was my first thought, and then, we have both been so paralyzed by grief This is why we all feel so lonely right nowthe longing, the depression, the comedy of it all, wrapped up in a story about sex and Judaism, our mothers I felt so whole when snuggling up alone with Merkins brilliant, full of feeling masterpiece I flew through it and hated to let go when it ended Jill SolowayFierce, clear eyed, and beautifully honest, Daphne Merkins is an essential voice This Close to Happy, a lucid and elegantly written account of her lifelong struggles withdepression, unsettles and illuminates in equal measure This is an important book Claire MessudIf the face presented to the world is a mask to protect ourselves, Daphne Merkin bravely removes hers, revealing the truth of herself, courageously exploring, seekingand sometimes even findingthe hope that glimmers at the end of the tunnel Please read as soon as possible Gloria VanderbiltThis beautifully written tale of Daphne Merkins depressive demons is by far the most accurate and human account of depression and its impact that I have ever read I highly recommend it, both to those in the mental health professions and to those who care about the suffering of their loved ones Glen O Gabbard, M.D.The greatness of this book is in the way Merkin takes the measure of the adversary Peter SacksD W Winnicott wrote that depression is the fog over the battlefield In this extraordinarily lucid and moving book, Daphne Merkin illuminates the dark and desperate battle that depression can be This is a book for all those who know nothing about depression and for those who know too much Adam Phillips This Close to Happy belongs on the shelf with William Styron s Darkness, Visible and Andrew Solomon s The Noonday Demon It brings a stunningly perceptive voice to the forefront of the conversation about depression, one that is both reassuring and revelatory Carol Gilligan, author of In a Different Voice This Close to Happy is honest, fearless in the way we have come to expect from Daphne Merkin, and, as a bonus, frankly informative From Merkin we get the inside view of navigating a chronic psychiatric illness to a realistic outcome As she writes, the opposite of depression is not a state of unimaginable happiness, but a state of relative all right ness For some, that insight alone will speak volumes Her candor discussing the fears, tribulations, and triumphs of a lifetime of treatment will be valuable for anyone who loves someone with depression but makes necessary reading for the mental health professionals on the other side of the couch Harold S Koplewicz, M.D., President, Child Mind InstituteDaphne Merkin, a former staff writer for the New Yorker, is a regular contributor to Elle Her writing frequently appears in the New York Times, Bookforum, Departures, Travel Leisure, W, Vogue, and other publications Merkin has taught writing at the 92nd Street Y, Marymount, and Hunter College She lives in New York City. 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    • This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression
    • 2.3
    • 141
    • Hardcover
    • 301 pages
    • Daphne Merkin
    • English
    • 06 November 2016

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