I must confess a few things…
I have always liked Chelsea Handler. I have enjoyed both her television shows and her books. I have seen her stand-up comedy show live and I have even met her.
She has always had a dark edge to her and the ability to say what is on her mind, something which I have always envied just a little bit. She has always appeared to me as sarcastically scary, if that is a real thing.
But in this new book, Life Will Be the Death of Me, a new woman has emerged. One which I must say sounds (at the age of 42ish) all grown up!
After the 2016 election of Donald Trump, Handler basically fell apart. But she had no idea why. During her recent Netflix series, Chelsea, she interviewed a psychiatrist, Dan Siegel and decided to make him her therapist. Thus began her year long self-analysis journey into why she is the Chelsea Handler she has been.
Although the book covers serious subject matter, Handler does add her flair for the one liners, sarcasm and hysterical observations.
One such story is how she became to have a crush on Robert Mueller! She knows he’s married!
Through her analysis she primarily learns that she has never really gotten over her brother Chet’s sudden death when she was very young and because she never fully accepted the death, she has had many unattainable relationship goals as well as significant issues when dealing with death. Chet’s death impacted her whole immediate family and each sibling and parent dealt with it very differently, something a young girl at the time was hardly able to understand.
Life Will Be the Death of Me is a quick read filled with humor, sadness, love and a message to everyone who has had to go through what she has had to. I have to say after reading this memoir it only makes me admire her more, and she doesn’t seem quite as scary.