Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss

Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss

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Overview

The space between life and death is a moment.
But it will remain alive in me for hundreds of thousands of future moments.

One phone call. That's all it took to change Stephanie Wittels Wachs' life forever..

Her younger brother Harris, a star in the comedy world known for his work on shows like Parks and Recreation, had died of a heroin overdose. How do you make sense of such a tragic end to a life of so much hilarious brilliance?

In beautiful, unsentimental, and surprisingly funny prose, Stephanie Wittels Wachs alternates between her brother's struggle with addiction, which she learned about three days before her wedding, and the first year after his death, in all its emotional devastation. This compelling portrait of a comedic genius and a profound exploration of the love between siblings is A Year of Magical Thinking for a new generation of readers.

A heartbreaking but hopeful memoir of addiction, grief, and family, Everything is Horrible and Wonderful will make you laugh, cry, and wonder if that possum on the fence is really your brother's spirit animal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492669852
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 141,992
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Stephanie Wittels Wachs is a writer whose work has been featured on Vox, Longform, Huffington Post, Fatherly, Mamamia, Babble, and Medium. Other significant roles include mother, theatre artist, educator, and voice actor. She graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and went on to receive her Master's from University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance. She is co-founder of Rec Room Arts, a non-profit arts organization committed to developing innovative work across disciplines. Find her comedic musings on parenting (and life) on her weekly podcast, "Hands Off Parents." She lives in Houston, Texas with her family.

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Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to read and yet harder to put down! I highly recommend Stephanie Wittels Wachs book about surviving her brothers untimely death.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book! I laughed and cried throughout the entire book. My heart aches for their loss!