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Welcome to My Breakdown - A Memoir

Benilde Little

"My mother was gone. I never thought I would survive her death." A major bestselling novelist and former magazine editor, long married to a handsome and successful stockbroker with whom she has a beautiful daughter and son, Benilde Little once had every reason to feel on top of the world. But as illness, the aging of her parents, and other hurdles interrupted her seemingly perfect life, she took a tailspin into a pit of clinical depression. Told in her own fearless and wise voice, Welcome to My Breakdown chronicles a cavern of depression so dark that Benilde didn't know if she'd ever recover from what David Foster Wallace called "a nausea of the soul." She discusses everything from her Newark upbringing, once-frequent visits to a Muslim mosque, and how it felt to date a married man, to her doubts about marriage, being caught between elder care and childcare, and ultimately how she treated her depression and found a way out. Writing in the courageous tradition of great female storytellers such as Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, and Pearl Cleage, Benilde doesn't hold back as she shares insights, inspiration, and intimate details of her life. Powerful, relatable, and ultimately redemptive, Welcome to My Breakdown is a remarkable memoir about the power within us all to rise from despair and to feel hope and joy again.

"My mother was gone. I never thought I would survive her death." A major bestselling novelist and former magazine editor, long married to a handsome and successful stockbroker with whom she has a beautiful daughter and son, Benilde Little once had every reason to feel on top of the world. But as illness, the aging of her parents, and other hurdles interrupted her seemingly perfect life, she took a tailspin into a pit of clinical depression. Told in her own fearless and wise voice, Welcome to My Breakdown chronicles a cavern of depression so dark that Benilde didn't know if she'd ever recover from what David Foster Wallace called "a nausea of the soul." She discusses everything from her Newark upbringing, once-frequent visits to a Muslim mosque, and how it felt to date a married man, to her doubts about marriage, being caught between elder care and childcare, and ultimately how she treated her depression and found a way out. Writing in the courageous tradition of great female storytellers such as Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, and Pearl Cleage, Benilde doesn't hold back as she shares insights, inspiration, and intimate details of her life. Powerful, relatable, and ultimately redemptive, Welcome to My Breakdown is a remarkable memoir about the power within us all to rise from despair and to feel hope and joy again.
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"My mother was gone. I never thought I would survive her death." A major bestselling novelist and former magazine editor, long married to a handsome and successful stockbroker with whom she has a beautiful daughter and son, Benilde Little once had every reason to feel on top of the world. But as illness, the aging of her parents, and other hurdles interrupted her seemingly perfect life, she took a tailspin into a pit of clinical depression. Told in her own fearless and wise voice, Welcome to My Breakdown chronicles a cavern of depression so dark that Benilde didn't know if she'd ever recover from what David Foster Wallace called "a nausea of the soul." She discusses everything from her Newark upbringing, once-frequent visits to a Muslim mosque, and how it felt to date a married man, to her doubts about marriage, being caught between elder care and childcare, and ultimately how she treated her depression and found a way out. Writing in the courageous tradition of great female storytellers such as Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, and Pearl Cleage, Benilde doesn't hold back as she shares insights, inspiration, and intimate details of her life. Powerful, relatable, and ultimately redemptive, Welcome to My Breakdown is a remarkable memoir about the power within us all to rise from despair and to feel hope and joy again.

Language:

English

Length:

8h 38m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

05:31


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

14:06


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

14:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

20:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

20:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

14:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

22:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

26:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

10:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

27:08


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

11:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

29:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

21:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

16:01


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

18:51


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

20:09


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

11:46