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"Wrenching and comical, self-indulgent and self-aware, Prozac Nation possesses the raw candor of Joan Didion's essays, the irritating emotional exhibitionism of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, and the wry, dark humor of a Bob Dylan song."The New York Times
"[Wurtzel] is smart, she is funny...she is thoughtful and...she is very, very brave. Wurtzel portrays, from the inside out, an emotional life perpetually spent outrunning the relentless pursuit of what she describes as a black wave, often sacrificing her likability on the altar of her truth."Vanity Fair
"A very important book, particularly to the countless number of people who aren't sure what's wrong with them but are suffering from the negative thinking, erratic behavior, and dark moods associated with clinical depression. A powerful self-portrait...well worth reading"San Francisco Bay Guardian
"The saddest, funniest, and ultimately, most triumphant book about youthful depression I've come across. It reads like a mixture of J.D. Salinger and Sylvia Plath, with some Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen thrown in for good measure...[Wurtzel] is one canny and entertaining observer of her generation: if you've been wondering why Kurt Cobain meant what he didwhat it feels like to be young, gifted, and black of spiritthis book is the CD, tape, video, and literary answer all in one."Daphne Merkin, author of Enchantment
"A very good book, maybe even an important one, and the pain and despair Wurtzel describes are as real as they are excruciatingly rendered."Mademoiselle
About the Author
Elizabeth Wurtzel is the author of bestselling books including Prozac Nation, Bitch, and More, Now, Again. A Harvard and Yale Law School graduate whose work has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, New York, The Guardian, and The Oxford American, she lives in New York City.
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I haven't experienced a condition similar to Elizabeth's myself, but I know a close person who has, and reading the novel has helped me understand better what she was going through - and shudder at the image.
In the end, the author leaves the readers with lots of relevant social questions to ponder, the first and foremost of them being the reasons why so many people are becoming clinically unhappy, and what we should make of the easiness with which Prozac and other drugs are prescribed in this country.
If you are interested in such issues, this is definitely a book to read!
hard to find in traditional bookstores, got it with my birthday amazon gift card, it was a good read, about the author dealing with her severe depression, it goes through her life in NYC, the split of her parents' marriage, her distant father, and shaky, and at times, neurotic Mother.
It explores the orgins of depression, environment vs. genetic.
At times funny at times very sad.
I found it to be a very well written book
covering the beginning of her descent into depression
and then her triumph in understanding her disease and getting
some kind of hold on it, and then finally learning to accept and
live with it.