A hilarious, strange, and heartwarming experience—a perfect illustration of what a celebrity autobiography can offer its readers.
By Maria Bamford ‧ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 5, 2023
Maria Bamford’s story of comedy, mental illness, and finding a place to belong is explored in her Netflix series Lady Dynamite. She begins with a story of attending an event in her twenties with a friend that quickly turns into a sales pitch for a self-help seminar. Bamford reflects on her tendency to adopt new ideals in order to fit in with any group of people, even though she knows she is not okay. Throughout the book, she pays homage to the For Dummies book series, using a stop-sign image and the comic sans font for the more difficult material. Her childhood, involvement with recovery and self-improvement programs, and struggles with mental illness are all discussed in a humorous yet harrowing voice. She also provides helpful tips on how to succeed with 12-step programs, critiques the effectiveness of mental health treatment in America, and shares a funny story about her sudden fame from Target commercials. Bamford’s book is a mix of an introduction to her, a guide to the self-help industry, and a lighthearted yet respectful look at mental health. She reminds readers that they are not alone in their struggles.
Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2023
Page Count: 288
Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online: June 28, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2023