#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The funny, sad, super-honest, all-true story of Chelsea Handler’s year of self-discovery—featuring a nerdily brilliant psychiatrist, a shaman, four Chow Chows, some well-placed security cameras, various family members (living and departed), friends, assistants, and a lot of edibles
A SKIMM READS PICK • “This will be one of your favorite books of all time.”—Amy Schumer
In a haze of vape smoke on a rare windy night in L.A. in the fall of 2016, Chelsea Handler daydreams about what life will be like with a woman in the White House. And then Donald Trump happens. In a torpor of despair, she decides that she’s had enough of the privileged bubble she’s lived in—a bubble within a bubble—and that it’s time to make some changes, both in her personal life and in the world at large.
At home, she embarks on a year of self-sufficiency—learning how to work the remote, how to pick up dog shit, where to find the toaster. She meets her match in an earnest, brainy psychiatrist and enters into therapy, prepared to do the heavy lifting required to look within and make sense of a childhood marked by love and loss and to figure out why people are afraid of her. She becomes politically active—finding her voice as an advocate for change, having difficult conversations, and energizing her base. In the process, she develops a healthy fixation on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and, through unflinching self-reflection and psychological excavation, unearths some glittering truths that light up the road ahead.
Thrillingly honest, insightful, and deeply, darkly funny, Chelsea Handler’s memoir keeps readers laughing, even as it inspires us to look within and ask ourselves what really matters in our own lives.
Praise for Life Will Be the Death of Me
“You thought you knew Chelsea Handler—and she thought she knew herself—but in her new book, she discovers that true progress lies in the direction we haven’t been.”—Gloria Steinem
“I always wondered what it would be like to watch Chelsea Handler in session with her therapist. Now I know.”—Ellen DeGeneres
“I love this book not just because it made me laugh or because I learned that I feel the same way about certain people in politics as Chelsea does. I love this book because I feel like I finally really got to know Chelsea Handler after all these years. Thank you for sharing, Chelsea!”—Tiffany Haddish
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Chelsea Handler’s bold, irreverent honesty always slays us, but Life Will Be the Death of Me brings her candor to inspiring new heights. Hilarious and deeply personal, Handler’s memoir recounts how, at the pinnacle of her success, the comedian made an unexpected choice: to spend time becoming a better person. She describes her year of self-discovery, an incredible ride that included everything from therapy to experiments with ayahuasca. Handler also bravely addresses childhood traumas like her older brother’s tragic death. Through it all, Handler is fiercely witty, but for the first time, she’s something else, too: vulnerable.
Amusingly offbeat and told with the biting sarcasm expected of the TV personality, Handler's sixth book (after Uganda Be Kidding Me) packs a surprising amount of emotion and introspection. After a somewhat shaky start that amounts to an extensive admission of her attraction to special counsel Robert Mueller, Handler quickly dives into the meat of the memoir with a detailed and passionately wrought account of her therapy sessions with neuropsychiatrist Dan Siegel. Through dialogue, Handler shares her struggles to complete menial tasks, her contentious relationship with her father, her inability to empathize ("I never stop showing up , but I don't put myself in their shoes"), and the profound impact her brother's accidental death had on her when she was young. The long stretches of self-reflection become dense at times, but are punctuated by lighter excursions in which Handler talks about her dogs ("I am someone who knows that loving a dog makes you a kinder and fuller person"). These insights provide much needed moments of lightness in an otherwise sobering narrative of how Handler came to peace with her complicated relationship with vulnerability. Fans of the comedian will appreciate her candid and sincere introspection.
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Another excellent book
Picked this up expecting to like it and ended up loving it.
Life will be the death of me
Every book I read of hers I think it’s my favorite until I read the next. I never wanted this book to end, I feel like I actually grew as a person reading that book, I laughed, I cried, laughed some more. It was everything my soul needed
Very moving, different from her other books but in a nice way
Chelsea really opened up in this book. I was expecting it to laugh through the entire book; instead I found another way in which I connect with her. She always seems so in touch with her feelings/opinions, and in this book she admitted that she was not, and got professional help (which she had always been against). I loved her sincerity.