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Everything Is Horrible And Wonderful : A Tragicomic Memoir Of Genius, Heroin, Love, And Loss (2018)

Published: [United States] : Tantor Audio, 2018 Made available through hoopla
Edition:  Unabridged
Description:  1 online resource (1 audio file (6hr., 53 min.)) : digital
ISBN/ISSN: 9781541491076 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book), 1541491076 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book),
Language:  English

Read by Stephanie Watts Wachs

The space between life and death is a moment. But it will remain alive in me for hundreds of thousands of future moments. One phone call. That's all it took to change Stephanie Wittels Wachs's life forever . . . Her younger brother Harris, a star in the comedy world known for his work on shows like Parks and Recreation, had died of a heroin overdose. How do you make sense of such a tragic end to a life of so much hilarious brilliance? In beautiful, unsentimental, and surprisingly funny prose, Stephanie Wittels Wachs alternates between her brother's struggle with addiction, which she learned about three days before her wedding, and the first year after his death, in all its emotional devastation. This compelling portrait of a comedic genius and a profound exploration of the love between siblings is The Year of Magical Thinking for a new generation of listeners. A heartbreaking but hopeful memoir of addiction, grief, and family, Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful will make you laugh, cry, and wonder if that possum on the fence is really your brother's spirit animal

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Heartbreaking tale of addiction

Harris Wittels was an incredibly successful comedy writer/performer on shows such as Parks and Recreation, and he was about to launch his acting career to a new level on his friend Aziz Anzari's new show Master of None. He came from a loving, close-knit family and was blessed with friends and financial success. Yet at the age of 30, he ends up dying of a heroin overdose after several unsuccessful attempt at rehab.
This memoir of his life and death, narrated by his sister and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs, is so brutal, raw, and intimate. Cliched as it may sound, this book made me both laugh out loud and cry. And whether or not you've lost someone to a drug overdose, it is impossible not to empathize with her grief over losing her brother so tragically. I'd highly recommend listening to the audio version. Like her brother, Wittels Wachs comes from a theater background, and her narration breathes so much life into Harris.
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