The brilliant, hilarious Jenny Lawson is back with Broken (in The Best Possible Way). As in her previous books Let's Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, she demystifies anxiety and depression with funny, honest, sometimes heartbreaking stories of what living her best life looks like when everything is harder than it should be. Here are a few more books, some funny, some more serious, about living with mental illness and attempting to thrive anyway.
Allie Brosh is the strange and wonderful creator of the online comic Hyperbole and A Half. After a seven-year hiatus, she returned with her graphic memoir Solutions and Other Problems. The book manages to oscillate both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply emotional, sometimes within a single page, as she experiences the absurdities of adult life while managing the grief of a divorce and the loss of a family member.
I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom, creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, is a memoir in essays about her career in show business and struggles with OCD and depression. Similar to Jenny Lawson, her stories can be incredibly funny and painfully honest about what it's like to live in her head. Anyone who was ever an awkward theatre kid will find this book all too relatable at times.
Noelle Stevenson has had an incredible career, most notably as the author of Nimona and Lumberjanes, nominee for the National Book Award and showrunner for the Netflix reboot of She-Ra. Oh, and they're not even thirty yet. The Fire Never Goes Out is their graphic memoir about what it's like to burn that brightly at such a young age while coming to terms with their sexuality, gender identity, and bipolar disorder.