- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (January 10, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451494091
- ISBN-13: 978-0451494092
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 98 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life Hardcover – Deckle Edge, January 10, 2017
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"Honest and intelligent… A humane, well-reasoned, and absolutely necessary argument for a major overhaul of America’s drug policy. The book triumphantly coheres in a lucid manifesto of how and why the racist, immoral undertaking called the War on Drugs has failed… Passionate, persuasive." —Claire Vaye Watkins, The New Republic
About the Author
AYELET WALDMAN is the author of the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Daughter's Keeper, as well as of the essay collection Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace, and the Mommy-Track Mystery series. She was a federal public defender and taught a course on the legal implications of the War on Drugs at the UC Berkeley law school. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, Michael Chabon, and their four children.
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This book touched me on a few levels. First, the account of her internal struggles, especially the self-loathing dialog that racetracks through her mind, were spot on. Her descriptions were aching, funny, and rang with truth.
I did not expect this book to include a narrative on drug policy. I appreciated the material and it was well done. I've read other books on the topic, including The New Jim Crow and Chasing the Scream and on this topic, those books are more complete, but not at as entertaining.
At bottom, this is a Really Good Book about our failed drug policies. It uses the author's intensely personal account of mental illness and her desperate attempts to get a handle on them as a compelling vehicle to tell that story. If you want a more academic account, the above books (also compelling, given their tone) will be your speed. Nobody will be standing before congress, holding this book out as a drug policy guide.
But I loved the book. It moved me. It spoke about pain that I understood in a way that gave me hope. It also opened my eyes a little wider to the misguided tragedy that is our insane drug policy.
This was funny, thoroughly researched, and compellingly written. Waldman's experiment is whatever the exact opposite of a cautionary tale is: a ray of anecdotal hope, perhaps. But it's the research and the science behind modern pharma and the history of psychedelics that was a real gut punch for me. Side effects of depression meds suck and if doctors believe a gentler treatment is possible through evidence based research and experimentation, the federal government owes sufferers of mental illness a better explanation (and perhaps a revisiting) of why scheduled drugs are on the schedule in the first place, why proven positive results still keep alternative treatment out of reach when the science is there to back up the merits of its use.
I'm grateful to Ayelet Waldman for having written this.
I could easily identify with her feelings of depression, inadequacy, and her intense pain experience.
I don't need any convincing that drugs should be legalized. But for those who do, Ayelet makes an excellent argument for it (or decriminalization at a minimum) and mental health care.
Just read it.