Prozac Nation

Prozac Nation : Young and Depressed in America

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Full of promise is how anyone would have described Elizabeth Wurtzel at age ten, a bright-eyed little girl who painted, wrote stories, and excelled in every way. By twelve she was cutting her legs in the girls' bathroom and listening to scratchy recordings of the Velvet Underground. College was marked by a series of breakdowns, suicide attempts, and hospitalizations before she was finally given Prozac in combination with other psychoactive drugs, all of which have worked sporadically as Elizabeth's mood swings rise and fall like the lines of a sad ballad. This memoir, both harrowing and hilarious, gives voice to the high incidence of depression — especially among America's youth. "Prozac Nation" is a collective cry for help, a generational status report on today's young people, who have come of age fully entrenched in the culture of divorce, economic instability, and AIDS. "This private world of loony bins and weird people which I always felt I occupied and hid in, " writes Elizabeth, "had suddenly turned inside out so that it seemed like this was one big Prozac Nation, one big mess of malaise. Perhaps the next time half a million people gather for a protest march on the White House green it will not be for abortion rights or gay liberation, but because we're all so bummed out." Writing with a vengeance (Nirvana, Joni Mitchell, and Dorothy Parker all rolled into one), Elizabeth Wurtzel will not go gentle into that good night. She wants off medication, she wants a family, and most definitely, a life worth more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129.54 x 203.2 x 25.4mm | 340.19g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Riverhead Books,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2nd
  • 1573225126
  • 9781573225120
  • 36,195

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"Wrenching and comical, self-indulgent and self-aware, "Prozac Nation "possesses the raw candor of Joan Didion's essays, the irritating emotional exhibitionism of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, and the wry, dark humor of a Bob Dylan song."--The New York Times "Wurtzel is a very entertaining nut case. Reading this book is like being locked up with her, covering your ears or laughing out loud, depending on your perspective. "Prozac Nation "gives a view of every aspect of depression: the self-pity, the courage, the flashes of insight, the despair, and the endless, very moving struggle, simply, to live." --Jeffrey Eugenides "[Wurtzel] is smart, she is funny...she is thoughtful and...she is very, very brave. Wurtzel portrays, from the inside out, an emotional life perpetually spent outrunning the relentless pursuit of what she describes as a black wave, often sacrificing her likability on the altar of her truth."--Vanity Fair "Sylvia Plath with the ego of Madonna." --The New York Times Book Review "The saddest, funniest, and ultimately, most triumphant book about youthful depression I've come across. It reads like a mixture of J.D. Salinger and Sylvia Plath, with some Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen thrown in for good measure...[Wurtzel] is one canny and entertaining observer of her generation: if you've been wondering why Kurt Cobain meant what he did--what it feels like to be young, gifted, and black of spirit--this book is the CD, tape, video, and literary answer all in one."--Daphne Merkin, author of Enchantment "The Courtney Love of letters... You can disagree with Wurtzel, but at least she always has a passionate point of view." --Entertainment Weekly .".. The preposterous energy of a great, drunken tantrum, and a voluptuous, sprawling style, with lots of good, zinging jokes." --Mary Gaitskillshow more

About Elizabeth Wurtzel

Elizabeth Wurtzel is the author of bestselling books including"Prozac Nation, " "Bitch, " and "More, Now, Again." A Harvard and Yale Law School graduate whose work has appeared in such publications as "The New Yorker, " "New York, " "The Guardian, " and "The Oxford American, " she lives in New York City."show more

Table of contents

Prologue: I Hate Myself and I Want to Die 1. Full of Promise 2. Secret Life 3. Love Kills 4. Broken 5. Black Wave 6. Happy Pills 7. Drinking in Dallas 8. Space, Time, and Motion 9. Down Deep 10. Blank Girl 11. Good Morning Headache 12. The Accidental Blowjob 13. Woke Up This Morning Afraid I Was Gonna Live 14. Think of Pretty Things Epilogue: Prozac Nation Afterword (1995) Acknowledgmentsshow more