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Life Will Be the Death of Me

...And You Too!
Narrated by: Chelsea Handler
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
5 out of 5 stars (872 ratings)

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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

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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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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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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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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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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Chelsea, you have done it again..

In hopes that someone over at Chelsea HQ reads this- I want to say that, over and over again, Chelsea Handler’s words have inspired, motivated, and brought actions/emotions out that make me want to do and be better; for myself and for others around me, near and far.

Chelsea,
Thank you for sharing another walk of your life. Keep living your life as you see fit and learn as much as possible everyday; inspired by you, I will continue to do the same.

Thanks

Best,
M.Green

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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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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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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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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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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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  • chloe robinson
  • 04-17-19

Wonderful!

I've laughed and cried my way through this book, her vulnerability is so relatable .

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  • Kimberley Birks
  • 04-17-19

Wonderful & Enlightening

This book is a really great listen, I enjoyed it from start to finish. Thank you Chelsea.

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  • 04-16-19

Probably my favourite book from Chelsea!

This book was more real and raw than any of the previous Chelsea Handler books I have read! I laughed in some parts, and cried in others. Well done Chelsea! So proud of you. As an Irish person, I don’t know much about the American government, but they is ok you don’t need to know to enjoy the other topics in this book.

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  • jennyfer
  • 04-15-19

The death of us all

Laughed and cried with Chelsea in this book.
What a heartfelt, honest piece; I’m grateful to have read.
It comes to illustrate that we are all more similar than we think. It certainly made me ponder about my own life.
IAM will stay with me forever.

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  • Molly McCann
  • 04-15-19

READ THIS BOOK

This is by far the most fascinating book I’ve read. I’ve learned so much about Chelsea but more so about myself. She’s an incredible story teller and narrator and hits you right in the feels several time throughout the book. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone, you need to hear what she has to say.

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  • Kelly
  • 04-15-19

A different Chelsea

An unprecedented look at Chelsea’s recent journey of mental pain and healing. Not without her brand of humour, but heartbreaking and raw at the same time. Have tissues at the ready, pop the kettle on and snuggle under a blanket with this one

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  • Niamh Balfour
  • 04-14-19

One of my fave audio books.

This book is funny and sad and made me think and makes want to hang out with her. Especially love the ending.

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  • Aussie-Lisa
  • 04-13-19

Worth it

Everyone knows Chelsea for being funny. Whilst this book has bits which are funny, I found myself more glued to listening and obsessed with the honesty of her life stories. I relate so much to her and admire everything she's accomplished. I particularly, after reading this book, feel like I've learnt so much and need to evaluate some things myself - I feel like that was one of the purposes of this book.
This is absolutely a book I'll read time and time again, and I highly recommend it - especially for someone who is slightly older and reevaluating their lives.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-14-19

A must read

This book is funny, heartbreaking and life changing. It makes you think about not in black and white but in the grey area of life.

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  • Eve
  • 04-12-19

I thoroughly enjoyed Chelsea's honesty.

It was great to hear all the stories full of real life feelings and lessons. How to grow and become a fuller person.

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  • Kirra
  • 04-10-19

It’s never to late

Wow, just wow.
I’m a 30 something woman and I’m starting to question all these things and I thought I was the only one and that I was expected to have my shit together by now. This book showed me its ok to question more and care more and less about life and people.
I hope you never stop writing Chelsea Handler because you are an amazing storyteller and an inspiring woman.