Dispatches From My Bedroom

Book - 2012
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"Sara Benincasa is one of the funniest writers I know--and I know a disturbing number of them. She is also one of the most honest."
--Sam Apple, author of American Parent and editor-in-chief of The Faster Times

"Sara is extremely funny and should have many books out so we can all read them and laugh."
--Margaret Cho

Comedian, writer, blogger, radio and podcast host, and YouTube sensation, Sara Benincasa bravely and outrageously brings us "Dispatches from My Bedroom" with Agorafabulous! One of the funniest and most poignant books ever written about a mental illness, Agorafabulous! is a hilarious, raw, and unforgettable account of how a terrified young woman, literally trapped by her own imagination, evolved into a (relatively) high-functioning professional smartass. Down to earth and seriously funny, Benincasa's no-holds-barred revelations offer readers the politically incorrect hilarity they heartily crave, yet is so often missing from your typical, weepy, and redemptive personal memoir.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012.
ISBN: 9780062024411
Characteristics: xii, 255 p. ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Dispatches from my bedroom


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Feb 04, 2019

This author is so funny on twitter and yet that doesn't necessarily make good reading. (Kelly Oxford is a good example - 140 characters is genius but 140 pages is manic.) In this case, once you start you see that yes, she is hilarious and although the very beginning starts with some of that manic voice that comedians who write books use, the pacing seems to slow down a bit to a perfect, confident tone. The story is amazing, but the way the author leads you through her issues and jumps through her decisions, resulting in a beautiful payoff is sincerely hard to put down. Endearing, rather than silly, which is very difficult to do with comedy mixed with self-inflicted tragedy.

I came away from this book feeling actually much better about myself. Don't you love it when that happens? When you close the last page and think, "I may make mistakes, but at least I didn't screw up THAT bad." And after it resonating in your thoughts for a few days, you come to a new respect for people and the battles nobody knows they are fighting. This is such a fascinating rendering of one person's journey to maturity. And into well-deserved success and most importantly, strong mental health.

Apr 04, 2012

This book is incredibly honest and very very funny. Absolutely worth reading.

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