So Sad Today

So Sad Today : personal essays

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So sad today? Many are. Melissa Broder is too. How and why did she get to be so sad? And should she stay sad?

She asks herself these questions over and over here, turning them into a darkly mesmerising and strangely uplifting reading experience through coruscating honesty and a total lack of self-deceit.

Sexually confused, a recovering addict, suffering from an eating disorder and marked by one very strange sex fetish: Broder's life is full of extremes. But from her days working for a Tantric nonprofit in San Francisco to caring for a severely ill husband, there's no subject that Broder is afraid to write about, and no shortage of readers who can relate. When she started an anonymous Twitter feed @sosadtoday to express her darkest feelings, her unflinching frankness and twisted humour soon gained a huge cult following.

In its treatment of anxiety, depression, illness and instability; by its fearless exploration of the author's romantic relationships (romantic is an expanded term in her hands); and with its inventive imagery and deadpan humour, So Sad Today is radical. It is an unapologetic, unblinkingly intimate book that splays out a soul and a prose of unusual beauty.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 135 x 210 x 16mm | 247g
  • Carlton North, Australia
  • English
  • ed
  • 192522855X
  • 9781925228557
  • 118,089

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`It's a very timely book, if you've ever questioned where you fit within contemporary feminist principles, and a really enjoyable one.' -- Laura E Waddell * Laura E Waddell Book Blog * `[F]unny-sad.' * The Herald * `A rollercoaster ride ... Unsettling but compelling.' * The Jewish Chronicle * `So Sad Today is astonishingly refreshing.' * Rookie * `Her poignant (and at times profane) writing remains a wonderful antidote to a constant stream of other people's touted successes, delivered with generosity and without any judgment. This book is full of dirty secrets, all of which are transformed into something healing when they reach the light of day...The resulting collection is both gross and gorgeous, infused with explicit sexuality (content warning) and visceral ugliness, and often offers a perfect union of the two.' * The Globe and Mail * `...Melissa Broder is undoubtedly one of the best essay stylists at work today...Broder's writing is funny and sober, her honesty uncomfortable and comforting, and reading her book is just like getting a text from your best friend...It's easy enough to say that So Sad Today is brutally honest, but there's a real kindness to Broder's honesty, too, the intimacy with which it beckons a reader's shy and tender heart. In Broder's company, we can dare to tremble at our own depths.' * Ploughshares * `Her writing...feels like a friend reaching out and saying "Hey, me too."' * I-D * `Broder writes with the kind of honesty that can make you cringe and laugh, and then catch your breath, brought up short by a kind of existential dread.' * * `Broder's essays often left me with a sharp sense of feminine recognition. I would read her accounts of heartbreak, sexual dissatisfaction, and alienation and think, Same...' * * `At once devastating and delightful, this deeply personal collection of essays is as raw as it is funny.' * Cosmopolitan US * `Broder fully embraces the peaks and valleys of her emotional landscape ... Vividly rendered and outspokenly delivered ... Compulsively readable.' * Kirkus * `Broder embarks on an earnest, sophisticated inquiry into the roots and expressions of her own sadness ... [Her] deeply confessional writing brings disarming humour and self-scrutiny to secrets that include embarrassing sexual fantasies and her habit of eating a `whole pint of diet ice cream with six packets of Equal poured into it' ... [The] central insight is clear: it is okay to be sad, and our problems can't be reduced to a single diagnosis.' * Publishers Weekly * `Irreverent, ballsy, impossible to put down. With courage and humour, Broder shows us that the underbelly of self-awareness is the existential sads.' * Courtney Maum, author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You * `From the moment I started this book, I couldn't put it down - Melissa Broder GETS IT. This book takes the side effects of mental illness and makes them funny ... Anyone that is battling with depression, anxiety, existential dread/crises, or just anyone who has a brain should read this book.' * Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast * 'Melissa Broder: as raw as an open vein.' -- Molly Crabapple, author of Drawing Blood `Extravagantly intimate ... There's a bleak beauty in the way Broder articulates her lowest moments.' * Bookforum * `With irreverence and wit, Melissa Broder confronts the most hidden and grotesque parts of herself. Reading her, it seems that we're all fucked-up, but it's because of this that we connect with each other, fall in love, find contentment, and maybe even a little happiness.' -- Sarah Gerard, author of Binary Star `What a decadent, hilarious, important, devastating book this is. So Sad Today will explode on impact in your mind.' -- Jami Attenberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie `If symptoms could write, they would sound a lot like Melissa Broder's So Sad Today. Broder's angst is existential and pathological and filled with as many holes as there are things to fill it with. An insight into the perverse persistence of hope and humanity, even in the age of clickbait and online individualism.' -- Dr Nina Power, the author of One-Dimensional Woman `An utterly bewitching book and ... a thrillingly tangible account of what it is to be a human being, right here, right now. I loved it. So many staggering - and difficult - observations. So many beautiful turns of phrase. There aren't many writers who can stare into the abyss and report back with humour, panache, and a rich, gutsy spirit. Melissa Broder can. It's a book I'm going to read again, and talk about, and pass on.' * Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals * `So Sad Today is desperately honest - Melissa Broder lays herself bare but she does so with strength, savvy, and style. Sad and uncomfortable and its own kind of gorgeous. Reveals so much about what it is to live in this world, right now.' -- Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist `If Melissa Broder weren't so fucking funny I would have wept through this entire book.' * Lena Dunham *
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About Melissa Broder

Melissa Broder is a poet who has published four collections of poetry. She is also the creator of the @sosadtoday Twitter persona, which has amassed over 500,000 loyal followers worldwide for its short, sharp, sometimes shocking barbs. She used to work in publishing in New York, and now lives and works in California.
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6,745 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 34% (2,267)
4 33% (2,251)
3 22% (1,469)
2 8% (523)
1 3% (235)
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