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Summary

NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER •

The funny, sad, super-honest, all-true story of Chelsea Handler’s year of self-discovery - featuring a nerdily brilliant psychiatrist, a shaman, four Chow Chows, some well-placed security cameras, various family members (living and departed), friends, assistants, and a lot of edibles

A SKIMM READS PICK • 

“This will be one of your favorite books of all time.” (Amy Schumer)

In a haze of vape smoke on a rare windy night in LA in the fall of 2016, Chelsea Handler daydreams about what life will be like with a woman in the White House. And then Donald Trump happens. In a torpor of despair, she decides that she’s had enough of the privileged bubble she’s lived in - a bubble within a bubble - and that it’s time to make some changes, both in her personal life and in the world at large.

At home, she embarks on a year of self-sufficiency - learning how to work the remote, how to pick up dog shit, where to find the toaster. She meets her match in an earnest, brainy psychiatrist and enters into therapy, prepared to do the heavy lifting required to look within and make sense of a childhood marked by love and loss and to figure out why people are afraid of her. She becomes politically active - finding her voice as an advocate for change, having difficult conversations, and energizing her base. In the process, she develops a healthy fixation on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and through unflinching self-reflection and psychological excavation, unearths some glittering truths that light up the road ahead. Thrillingly honest, insightful, and deeply, darkly funny, Chelsea Handler’s memoir keeps listeners laughing, even as it inspires us to look within and ask ourselves what really matters in our own lives.

Praise for Life Will Be the Death of Me

“You thought you knew Chelsea Handler - and she thought she knew herself - but in her new book, she discovers that true progress lies in the direction we haven’t been.” (Gloria Steinem)

“I always wondered what it would be like to watch Chelsea Handler in session with her therapist. Now I know.” (Ellen DeGeneres) 

“I love this book not just because it made me laugh or because I learned that I feel the same way about certain people in politics as Chelsea does. I love this book because I feel like I finally really got to know Chelsea Handler after all these years. Thank you for sharing, Chelsea!” (Tiffany Haddish)

©2019 Chelsea Handler (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“The Chelsea Handler I know is a take-no-prisoners activist for the causes she believes in. She brings the same fearlessness and commitment to telling her truth in this book. I’m hoping that one day, in exchange for this blurb, she will let me see the security camera footage of the dog fight in her bedroom.” (Trevor Noah)

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WOW

Totally blown away by this, it had to be audio though so that i could hear Chelseas iconic voice.
Its given me a whole load of emotions. Laughing to crying, sad, to reflective.
LOVED IT!!

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Amazing!

I’ve liked Chelsea Handler, then really disliked Chelsea Handler and now I’m back to liking Chelsea Handler. I know she’s not everyone’s cup of tea (as we all aren’t) but I what I really liked about this book was the honesty and acknowledgment of who she is warts and all is so refreshing to me. It’s opened up questions about myself and my life, how I deal with things and I think any book that helps you do that is a really good one.

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loved every second of it

So honest and not relatable at all, yet fascinating. She made me feel what she felt and what it was like. Loved it.

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Amazing

Absolutely incredible, loved this book so much, made me laugh & cry, completely recommend!! Chelsea's honesty is truly amazing.. Loved it.

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A beautiful listen

Chelsea Handler takes a new direction with this book. It's beautifully written and deeply moving.

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Chelsea being iconic

I’d like to think I have a unique way of observing life; this book has taught me how to do it with just the right nuances. For us ladies who are thankful for weed, and commitment to taking ‘the edge’ of our lives . Listen/read this immediately.

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5 emotions at once

This is the first audio book I’ve listened to, and I am blown away. I went through at least 5 different emotions while listening to it.

Chelsea is one of my favourite celebrities ever, and this book made me appreciate her even more.

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Her best book yet!

So interesting to hear her 'journey'. Think alot of people will relate to the story!

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Incredibly Moving

Searing and heartfelt. I cried. I gained my own insights. I also felt jealous of her strength and family, ability to create genuine friendships. But there are lessons for us all. Darkly funny. Not what I expected from a ferocious, confident, over-achiever in her self-proclaimed Hollywood bubble of wealth and privilege.

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it is rare, candid

The breath of fresh air that is Chelsea Handler returns with her latest installment of insights, opinions, humour and as ever blunt force trauma to the heart of me.
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  • Drwo
  • 09-05-19

Just O.K.

Had Chelsea Handler not been famous and had she not written some very funny books in the past, this book might never have made it into print (or, in this case, onto a recording). Chelsea goes to therapy where we learn about her sad childhood, lousy father, etc. However, way too much of this book is focused on her dogs. I love my dog - don't we all? But, really, would you want to listen to me drone on about my dogs for an hour?

This woman took a 70 lb. dog on a plane (first class) to Europe. She didn't once mention the reactions of the other first class fliers who probably weren't amused. How funny is it, really, that she adopted the two chow mix dogs, presumably the ones on the cover of the book, and then sent them for at least 4 months of training after two days because she failed to find out anything about them before the adoption and, well, she could afford it.

She is free to search for life's deeper meaning because staff takes care of everything else to the point where she breezily tells her therapist how irritating it is that she can't figure out how to turn on her own music system nor find the toaster in her kitchen. I'm sure her house is very nice but it's probably not Mar-a-Lago and, if she can't find the toaster, it is no doubt because she hasn't looked for it. Obviously, I'm in the minority, but I thought this book was mostly self indulgence dressed up as gaining insight through therapy. She does hate Donald Trump, though. There is that. But, only marginally interesting and not very funny.

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  • Leslie Snider
  • 14-04-19

Raw Chelsea Hander

I absolutely loved this book. Her honesty in previous books is what kept me going back to her writing time and time again. She’s got such a way with descriptions of her interactions as a child. As she said she’s been a 40 year old woman her whole life, and she doesn’t fail to prove it.

This book was different from the others, in that her emotional honesty was bled across the book like open wounds. It was so painfully honest it was hard to not get choked up listening to the tears in her voice as she explained her life and her realizations. At the beginning of the book I was like, “Great, she’s going to complain about DT the entire book.” But she found her way around it and it blossomed into an amazing, intricate albeit emotional grasp of her incredible life.

Thank you, Chelsea for writing a deeply intimidate book about yourself. You never had to, but knowing you a little better helps me know myself as well. If you’ve done this for me, I can fully appreciate you’ve done it for many others. My heart is full knowing your journey has come full circle for you and you have some piece in this crazy life.

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  • Wellsey
  • 09-04-19

Listened start to finish in one sitting.

I couldn’t bare to stop this fantastic book and listened to the whole thing in one sitting. As someone who is currently in therapy working through a lifetime of childhood trauma I respect the hell out of Chelsea, this book and her revelations. It is not easy to sit with the things you have been running from your whole life, look them in the eye and decide what to do with them. It is the hardest thing I have ever done but as Chelsea points out it is worth every painful, enlightening minute. At once charming, painful, and funny this book runs the spectrum of emotions that we’ve all experienced through our lives and in dealing with deaths. Hearing Chelsea read this in her own voice, every crack and tremble only drove home the transformation she experienced. Highly recommend.

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  • Edward
  • 13-04-19

The story we all needed

A story I was not expecting. I laughed and I cried. But I got back up and kept going.

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  • Lora
  • 10-04-19

Powerful

A side of Chelsea we have not seen. I’m so impressed by her eloquence and honesty.
This book is a gift.

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  • Michelle Modica
  • 10-04-19

I couldn't stop listening!!

Finished it in one day. I had tears welling up in my eyes a few times! Such a deep, honest, and most importantly, admirable way of how Chelsea looked into herself and was able to share with the world her realizations. Very funny, and so relatable. Would recommend it to everyone! A must read!!

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  • Kelly Armbruster
  • 09-04-19

Audible: Narration adds another layer to this

Throughout this book I listened, I laughed and then tears rolled down my face as she spoke of the death of her brother and Mother. I connected the most with her “awakening” after the election, dealing with loss/grief, and her enthusiasm for cannibis. <—And not in that order. Congratulations on doing the work to become a better human being. I bet I know what Dr. Dan is getting for Christmas!

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  • Raja
  • 12-04-19

Chelsea Handler's Best Book

This is Chelsea's best book. It's Honest, Raw, Touching, Inspiring and Hilarious. You will cry with her, laugh with her and laugh through your tears. I highly recommend the audiobook cause she reads it and it's just so good.

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  • Shannon
  • 19-06-19

Big fan of Chelsea's, not of this book

I have followed Chelsea's entire career, seen her live multiple times and read everything she's every written. I have always loved her work. This particular book, not so much... I didn't understand the flow, the chapters felt random and i just didnt like it. 3 star rating only because it was Chelsea.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-06-19

Not what I expected

I have read every one of Chelsea's books. I did not hesitate to buy this one. First of all too much politics. I don't care if you hate Trump, I don't wanna hear about it every other page in your book. I did feel like she opened up and got to the root of her problems in this book. Death changes people. I was not prepared for the amount of death in this book AKA My favorite Handler.

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