How to Weep In Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression From one Who Knows: A Review


Depression, sad disorder than many, including myself, have to deal with every single day. We can’t “get over it” or “snap out of it” as some well intentioned folks might suggest. However, this mental illness can be handled every day with care and medication if need be. With Jacqueline Novak’s book, How to Weep In Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression From One Who Knows, you can find humorous ways to cope.

She writes a very tongue In cheek guidebook to managing everyday life while being a “depressor” as she calls herself and those like her. She offers insight into how one become a “child-depressive-in-training: with her top lists, ala David Letterman. One such example is: Zip Line: Have fun but keep your feet out. Learn the art of flying with exuberance while always remembering  to be afraid of slamming into a tree.” (Page 64) Heck yeah, just ante up the fear that you might get hurt and boy, oh boy, that’ll make a memory of fun you won’t forget!

Although reading the book, one might think that Ms Novak doesn’t have a sensitive side about her depression, she does. She suggests that we can succeed in this world in spite of our daily sadness that haunts us. We can conquer the struggles of just waking up and getting out of bed. In her own words, “It’s accepting your depression and living with yourself where you are, not where you want to be.” (page 193) I get it. Be me and allow depression to be a part of my life, but not let it overrun it.

I received a free copy from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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