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Life Will Be the Death of Me

...And You Too!
Written by: Chelsea Handler
Narrated by: Chelsea Handler
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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.

"This will be one of your favorite books of all time. Through her intensely vulnerable, honest, and hilarious reflections Chelsea shows us more than just her insides. She shows us ourselves." (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 that keeps listeners laughing, even as it inspires us to look within and ask ourselves what really matters in our own lives. 

Advance 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

What the critics say

“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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Great...as expected

Have loved all her books. This one really hit home, I laughed, I cried, I completely related. Thank you Chelsea for your absolute transparency and bravery.

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Do it

Buy this book! Amazing. I couldn’t stop listening. So real. So honest. Also eye opening. Didn’t want it to end.

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First Audio Book Done!

I’m super happy with the selection of Chelsea Handlers book as my first dive into audio books. She is entertaining and so relatable. Se’s quite intelligent with her ability to recall the wisdom and knowledge she learned through Counselling; Making me feel like I just received free Therapy haha!

Highly recommend this read!

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Relatable and Raw

I laughed and cried listening to this on my commute. Loved every minute of it! Thanks for sharing your story. Can relate so much to it.

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Honest

I loved Chelsea before and I love her now. Seriously. I am probably the polar opposite of her in so many ways, but I have so much respect for her honesty. This book is great. I binged the whole thing. The podcast as well. I look forward to more from her.

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just what I needed... and didnt even know

first book I've ever had from Chelsea but it was just what I needed. helped me on my own journey to heal.

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Honesty at its funniest!

I'm glad Chelsea read this, as I would've tried to imagine anyone else in her voice anyway. loved the vulnerability of her story in this book, even though I'm not a millionaire or anything like her, WE ARE ALL LIKE HER!! the struggles she faces, her rough way of trying to figure it out, I love it. really enjoyed this.

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Authentic Chelsea

For those of you who smile, laugh and nod your head in agreement at Chelsea’s take on life ... this is her most raw authentic offering.
Thank you Chelsea for normalizing and addressing complicated grief, discussing with your therapist (as though we were perched on the window sill listening in... learning from your growth) how your childhood angst and trauma shaped you on your journey to who have become today!
Every person needs a medical doctor, and equally everyone needs a therapist! We need to make this aspect of self care more approachable and open... thank you for assisting in doing so.... as we all strive to find our authentic self!

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Didn’t want it to end!

This book is beautifully written. Full of humour, humility, introspection and strength. Also super funny as all of Chelsea’s books have been. I absolutely loved it.

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I loved this book! I identify with her on a lot! Great book! Thank you.

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  • Leslie Snider
  • 2019-04-14

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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  • Edward
  • 2019-04-13

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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  • Wellsey
  • 2019-04-09

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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  • Raja
  • 2019-04-12

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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  • Scott Richards
  • 2019-04-10

Chelsea at her BEST.

Ok ... I’ve loved every book by Chelsea, but this is a standout. If you don’t read / listen to this. I always suggest audible bc you can really feel her words. She’s an excellent orator and this telling will relate to so many people. Her incredible humor is ever-present, which we all love, but the depth of this book hits notes that haven’t been explored by Chelsea until this book.

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  • Kelly Armbruster
  • 2019-04-09

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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  • CG
  • 2019-04-11

Beautiful. Intimate. Open.

I wasn’t ready to let this end. Listened to it start to finish over two days. Beautifully written, intimate and open. It took such bravery for CH to come forward with such vulnerability. I stopped and cried listened while walking my dog, thinking about the baby I lost two years ago, how hard it is to sit with grief, how important. This is the big, adult, stuff. I’m happy for anyone who finds their way on to the right therapists couch to see themselves, know themselves and start the work to love and accept themselves.

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  • jonathon warnicki
  • 2019-04-11

yep what I needed to hear too

this is the self help book I didn't know I needed!! thank you Chelsea for writing such a open and real book for me to learn from. I am glad it is read by her as well and that she read it with the same emotion that the words had on the pages!! 100% recommend this book!!

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  • Erin
  • 2019-06-22

I just don't care to hear white girl revelations

let me start by saying I like handler a lot. I was excited for this book. I started in and found that as handler went on and on about her realizations after the election. I just didn't care. I didn't care that she realized her white privilege, I didn't care that she realized how out of touch she was. I just didn't care to hear another white girl talk about privilege, while making money off that privilege.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-12

Best of All Her Books

I have read all of Chelsea’s book and this one was by far the best. I was crying and laughing through the entire book. It gave me a whole new perspective on her and made me think about the things I am doing in my own life.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-04-15

Brilliant

Words that pop into my mind after reading this book are:

Honest
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