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The Valedictorian of Being Dead
The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live | Heather B. Armstrong
From New York Times bestselling author and blogger Heather B. Armstrong comes an honest and irreverent memoir—reminiscent of the New York Times bestseller Brain on Fire—about her experience as one of only a few people to participate in an experimental treatment for depression involving ten rounds of a chemically induced coma approximating brain death. For years, Heather B. Armstrong has alluded to her struggle with depression on her website, dooce. It’s scattered throughout her archive, where it weaves its way through posts about pop culture, music, and motherhood. But in 2016, Heather found herself in the depths of a depression she just couldn’t shake, an episode darker and longer than anything she had previously experienced. She had never felt so discouraged by the thought of waking up in the morning, and it threatened to destroy her life. So, for the sake of herself and her family, Heather decided to risk it all by participating in an experimental clinical trial involving a chemically induced coma approximating brain death. Now, for the first time, Heather recalls the torturous eighteen months of suicidal depression she endured and the month-long experimental study in which doctors used propofol anesthesia to quiet all brain activity for a full fifteen minutes before bringing her back from a flatline. Ten times. The experience wasn’t easy. Not for Heather or her family. But a switch was flipped, and Heather hasn’t experienced a single moment of suicidal depression since. Disarmingly honest, self-deprecating, and scientifically fascinating, The Valedictorian of Being Dead brings to light a groundbreaking new treatment for depression.
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thebluestocking
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I love Armstrong‘s writing style and voice. This book is about a very serious depressive episode and the experimental treatment she underwent in an effort to come out of it. It is dark but also hopeful and (at times) funny. I felt all of the feelings.

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I have always loved Heather Armstrong‘s writing. This book was especially powerful to read. For anyone who‘s gone through a serious depression, or if you never have but you‘re wondering what it‘s like - she nails it. The experimental treatment she underwent to treat it sounds freaky, but hopeful for treatment-resistant depression. I‘m recommending this book to everyone.

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Samplergal
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Amazing book. Read my full review of this book @ www.safepassagesandprose.com My itty bitty blog about travel and books. #readingUSA2019 #Utah #FiveStars #MayMadness #NetGalleyReadathon

Librarybelle I‘ve heard good reviews about this one! 1mo
Samplergal I loved it. Probably my top three this year. 1mo
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Krose1
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I have never before read such a clear description of depression. I have family and friends who suffer from it and have always struggled to really understand what they were going through. I feel like I finally get it. This book is so beautiful and I thank Heather for going through this and sharing her journey with us.

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Shay
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The first blog I ever followed was Armstrong‘s dooce blog, way back before she was a mom, let alone a “mommy blogger.” I fell off somewhere along the way, so when I saw her memoir at ALA, I thought it would be cool to catch up. Indeed, I was pulled right back into what I enjoyed about her writing style, which is energetic, descriptive, and often darkly funny. Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2019/04/23/the-valedictorian-of-being-dead/

Julsmarshall I‘m excited about this one too. Loved Dooce! 2mo
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Samplergal
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Reviewsbylola I think I may have this on my kindle. I can‘t wait to read it! 2mo
merelybookish I just read an interview with her. It made me curious about the book! 2mo
Clwojick This one looks good! 2mo
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JHgotham
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Hmmm. Intrigued so far

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FeministBookClub
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This was a fascinating read from page 1. I‘ve always loved Heather (aka dooce) and had no idea how crippling her depression was. This book follows a groundbreaking treatment that rendered her nearly brain dead 10 times in three weeks as an alternative to shock therapy. Her dark humor keeps the reader on their toes with each page. Definitely recommend, especially for anyone interested in mental health.

FeministBookClub Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. 3mo
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Thndrstd
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Heather B. Armstrong, known for dooce.com, was struggling with a crippling depression. Desperate for help, she agrees to an experimental treatment where she is "killed" - placed into a chemically induced brain death for fifteen minutes - ten times. She recounts the experiment, but also her deep depression, its causes, & its effects on her family. Powerful brave writing.

[I received an e-galley from Netgalley. To be published April 23, 2019.]

Blaire Interesting. I used to read her blog everyday....way back in 2007. Didn‘t know she had a new book out. 4mo
Thndrstd @Blaire well soon. I got an advanced copy 4mo
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Aseleener
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So, apparently Netgalley *really* wants me to read this book, because it downloaded to my tablet 12 times! Weird!

jpmcwisemorgan Hmmm... 4mo
RaimeyGallant Interesting. 4mo
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LauraBeth
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Heather Armstrong is an ex-Mormon who blogs and podcasts what it‘s like to have grown up in the Mormon church; what BYU was like; leaving the church and what it‘s like to still live in Utah among so many Mormons. She has a new book coming out that chronicles her severe bout with suicidal depression in 2016 and the unconventional steps she took to try and get help for it. She‘s a polarizing person, but I dig her. ❤️ #musicalnewyear #youandme

Reecaspieces Very interesting 6mo
emilyhaldi She sounds like an interesting person! 6mo
Suet624 Those Mormons. Sigh. 6mo
Aseleener I used to read her blog, back in the day, so I was intrigued by this. Just got approved for the Netgalley. Looking forward to it. 4mo
LauraBeth Oohh - can‘t wait for your review @Aseleener! 4mo
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