My Mess Is a Bit of a Life: Adventures in Anxiety

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My Mess Is a Bit of a Life: Adventures in Anxiety

My Mess Is a Bit of a Life: Adventures in Anxiety

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It came across less like a memoir of one’s experiences with mental health and their methods of dealing with it, and more as a therapy journal which was published via the author’s prestige, rather than her talent. Though I don't have the successful career she has had, a lot of it resonated as she talked about her childhood, family, school, college, personal relationships and professional career and anxiety weaving its way through all of those.

building a career for herself in a deeply misogynistic industry, managing high levels of anxiety since childhood, and dealing with parenthood later on. From worrying about the monsters under her bed as a child, to embracing womanhood, to being offered free gifts after an award ceremony, worry has accompanied her at every turn.

This is something I didn’t think would be possible when I compare my life (pottering round in Cheshire) with hers (pottering round the White House with celebrities). This book contains a series of vignettes depicting and inflating (no doubt) some of the most absurd elements of Pritchett’s life. Given my book obsession (hardly a secret), it is quite rare that I pick up a newly released book in my genres in Waterstones that I haven’t heard of before. Going into labor, she fretted about making a fuss (“Sorry to interrupt, but the baby is coming out of my body,” I said politely).

Home to William Golding, Sylvia Plath, Kazuo Ishiguro, Sally Rooney, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Max Porter, Ingrid Persaud, Anna Burns and Rachel Cusk, among many others, Faber is proud to publish some of the greatest novelists from the early twentieth century to today. But there are times Pritchett reaches into more serious themes such as her own mental health, the me too movement, suicide ideation and the time her school friends made a teacher cry (that was sad). I thought most of the snippets were trying too hard to be funny (NOT succeeding), trying to be offbeat or trite (worrying about being single, dying alone, finding her body weeks later with her cat …).This was at times funny and relatable, I can definitely see the comparison to Jenny Lawson, and the description that drew me in felt delivered on. In the end, you get a picture of a woman who is, in many ways, like you and me with her shortcomings, stress, joys, and everything in between. Overall I am glad I read this and feel like it helped to see anxiety so clearly understood by someone else, as it helped me feel less alone in my anxiety. Some of Pritchett's descriptions of her lowest moments were deeply moving and some of the most realistic descriptions of depression that I have ever read. To Pritchett's credit she bypasses sounding too maudlin and steadily keeps the tone breezy and succinct, with her sharp essays or chapters usually only one or two pages in length.

This memoir, told in gloriously comic vignettes, is an utterly joyful reflection on living – and sometimes thriving sometimes not – with anxiety. A good reminder that perhaps that life isn’t all beer and skittles and rivers of chocolate, regrettably. She also deprecates her loved ones, such as her partner “The Moose” and her two little boys “Scrap and Speck”. I found, though, that the moments of humor helped to temper the more serious stories to make them more palatable. one way of knowing you have crossed from girlhood to womanhood is that men stop furtively masturbating at you from bushes and start shouting things at you from cars.While at times I was thrown by just how jumbled everything feels, and trying to connect these often disjointed fleeting moments together, I also felt in tune with everything that was written. I also learned, that while teeth things in books are triggering for me, someone anxious talking about their teeth problems and scary situation only heightened that feeling, so if you have anxiety around some of the main topics of the stories, they might be harder to take. This memoir is a joyful reflection on just how to live - and sometimes even thrive (sometimes not) - with anxiety.

And, reading other reviews, people seem to think the author’s names for parents, partner and kids are hilarious, I thought the opposite. From the earliest recollection, we have feelings of anxiety and fear, as well as a few laughs along the way. I'm sure it was a cathartic experience and hope she knows that she will help many people with anxiety who read this, despite this not being a self help book as such- it's not about advice but it was insightful nonetheless. This has everything you could ever want in a book – hamsters, one-legged action men, the queen, budgies, questionable fashion choices, Robertson’s Giant Limb, the word ‘vagina’ and Jimmy Osmond. This memoir is a joyful reflection on just how to live – and sometimes even thrive (sometimes not) – with anxiety.She is remarkably efficient with her words, which means this memoir is delightfully moreish and fast paced. Zupełnie nie ma w nim czasu na przetrawienie ich, bo zanim się człowiek zatrzyma to już jest 5 historyjek dalej. Georgia has always had some anxiousness, even from a young age, some worries naturally more daunting than others.

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