A moving, portrait of depression, from the host of the podcast The Hilarious World of Depression
"This book is an excellent life raft for those of us who are so sure that we are alone in our struggles. You should read it." —Jenny Lawson
"A funny, honest book about depression, and what you can do despite it." —Neil Gaiman
"Candid and funny and intimate." —Susan Orlean
For years John Moe, critically-acclaimed public radio personality and host of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast, struggled with depression; it plagued his family and claimed the life of his brother in 2007. As Moe came to terms with his own illness, he began to see similar patterns of behavior and coping mechanisms surfacing in conversations with others, including high-profile comedians who’d struggled with the disease. Moe saw that there was tremendous comfort and community in open dialogue about these shared experiences and that humor had a unique power. Thus was born the podcast The Hilarious World of Depression.
Inspired by the immediate success of the podcast, Moe has written a remarkable investigation of the disease, part memoir of his own journey, part treasure trove of laugh-out-loud stories and insights drawn from years of interviews with some of the most brilliant minds facing similar challenges. Throughout the course of this powerful narrative, depression’s universal themes come to light, among them, struggles with identity, lack of understanding of the symptoms, the challenges of work-life, self-medicating, the fallout of the disease in the lives of our loved ones, the tragedy of suicide, and the hereditary aspects of the disease.
The Hilarious World of Depression illuminates depression in an entirely fresh and inspiring way.
Reviews and Endorsements:
"A funny, honest book about depression, and what you can do despite it. John Moe is actually a very funny man, and this is a very serious book that also manages to be funny about things we are not supposed to laugh at. " —Neil Gaiman
"Is it appropriate to say that I loved a book about depression? Well, if it's as candid and funny and intimate as this one, 'love' seems right. Moe's book is also deeply moving and, against all odds, life-affirming. It's an ode to the blues that makes you feel better about being human." —Susan Orlean
"This book is an excellent life raft for those of us who are so sure that we are alone in our struggles. You should read it. More than once I woke my husband up shouting, "Oh my God, THIS. IT IS *EXACTLY* THIS" while reading this book. He was concerned but no more than usual." — Jenny Lawson
About the Author:
John Moe has served as host of national public radio broadcasts such as Weekend America, Marketplace Tech Report and, from 2010- 2015, Wits. His reporting has been heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, Day to Day, and more. His writing appears in humor anthologies, The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney’s, and The Seattle Times. He’s a much in-demand public speaker and the author of three books, including The Hilarious World of Depression.