Tragedy Plus Time by Adam Cayton-Holland

Tragedy Plus Time

In the tradition of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and Truth & Beauty—from one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” a poignant tragicomic memoir about the author’s beautiful, funny, and heartbreaking relationship with his younger sister and the depression that took her life.Adam Cayton-Holland went from a painfully sensitive kid growing up in Denver, Colorado, to a writer and performer with a burgeoning career in comedy. His fa...

Details Tragedy Plus Time

TitleTragedy Plus Time
Release DateAug 21st, 2018
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography Memoir, Biography

Reviews Tragedy Plus Time

  • Maxwell
    3.5 starsThis was a very sweet and sad memoir, one that had moments of humor and reflections on the brevity of life—specifically the short-lived life of the author's sister who took her own life at the age of 28. I have to say, there were some parts of this that were difficult to read. Even though it's framed as a "tragi-comic memoir," I think it leans more towards the tragic side of things. But it's an important story to hear and equally an im...
  • Janelle
    Love. Review to come.
  • Sarah
    Have you heard any of Adam Cayton-Holland's standup comedy routine yet? If not, first go online and find it. My favorite is his bit about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (but then again, I'm a giant bird nerd... however even if you're not, it's downright hilarious). Get yourself laughing and hear what he has to say so you can really appreciate the soul and strength he poured into writing this book. It's a great memoir.I read Tragedy Plus Time swiftly...
  • Lara Blackman
    I loved this book - it's a very emotional story and really gets at how hard it is to watch someone you love suffer. By the end, you feel like you're part of the author's family and endured this tragedy with them. You will almost definitely cry reading this one but it will be worth it !
  • Kelsey
    I wish I wasn't able to relate to this as much as I do, but it is what it is. The author does a wonderful and honest job of depicting the grief that follows a suicide. This book is a beautiful tribute to the sister he lost. If you are coping with a family member taking their own life and you want to feel less alone, this one should be on your list.
  • Marika
    When one member of a family suffers from an illness, the entire family suffers. The author writes about Lydia, his younger sister who he was incredibly close with and who eventually took her own life. Adam questions himself to see if perhaps he missed the tell-tale signs of Lydia's descent but Lydia, like many who are determined to take their lives, hid it very well. What's difficult for Adam to reconcile is as his star was rising in the comedy w...
  • Paul Pessolano
    “Tragedy + Time” by Adam Cayton-Holland, published by Touchstone Books.Category – Memoir/Death Publication Date – August 21, 2018. Although this book is marketed as a Tragic-Comic Memoir I found very little comic but plenty of tragedy and death.Adam Cayton-Powell lived with his family in Denver, Colorado and he was very attached to his sisters, especially the youngest, Lydia. Lydia was a very vibrant young lady who had a dark side that in...
  • Lorna Gundaker
    Tragedy +Time was won in a giveaway by Touchtone books. Thank you. This was a tragi-comic memoir by Adam Clayton Holland, one of VARIETY’s ten comics to watch. Raised in a liberal family, Adam was ultra-sensitive to tragedy from an early age. His baby sister, Lydia, almost drowned in front of him at the age of 3. When he was 4, starving children in Africa obsessed him to the point of needing therapy; the same with the Civil Rights movement. Ada...
  • Claire
    There is an adage: Comedy = Tragedy + Time. In the case of surviving sibling suicide perhaps it is more like T+10xT=C. A whooooole lota time has to pass for comedy to kick in. In this memoir comic Adam Cayton-Holland of Denver's Magnificent Cayton-Holllands describes growing up with Lydia, a radiant example of Magnificence who succombed to mental illness and took her life at 28. This a a warm recollection of family life and the creative hijincks ...
  • Kali
    I have found one of my new favorite books, this is one of the only books that have made me cry and laugh all in the same binding. I have struggled with depression all of my life, and I knew that reading this book I would find some similarities between Lydia’s actions and behaviors and my own. I’m not going to be cheesy and admit that this book may have saved my life but honestly - it may have altered my thoughts about suicide. I see the hurt ...
  • Cristin
    This is a hard review to write. Not because I think it was a terrible book, but because I related to it so much that it kind of opened some raw wounds inside of myself.This is a story about a beloved sister named Lydia who took her own life at 28 years old. This is also a story about a brother, reeling from the death of his sister and trying to make sense of it all.The story was good and I liked the progression it was told in. There were a few pa...
  • Kelsey
    I received this book as an ARC from Barnes and Noble.It was short and easy to read and incredibly depressing. But all you have to do is read the synopsis to know this won't be a fun read. I did enjoy reading about Adam and Lydia's lives though and it just goes to show that you never know what's going on in someone else's life. A bonus for me: the author is from Colorado so having lived there the last year I knew where all the places were that he ...
  • Jackie Wolfred
    "Tragedy Plus Time: A Tragi-Comic Memoir", by Adam Cayton-Holland, is a memoir of his life, and a tribute to his late sister, Lydia.This story is as heartwarming as it is tragic. Adam's love for his sister is evident throughout their life together. Her life ending at age 28 to suicide.Funny. Sad. Real.I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
  • Corissa
    This book was sad but real. I enjoyed reading it and appreciate being picked to read this book. There is a small section that talks about not being able to live in someone else's misery, the truth of this section was striking. I did not find much comedy, but I didn't need to. I definitely recommend, especially for those loving someone with mental illness. @TouchstoneBooks
  • Janice Cafarelli
    I won this book on GoodReads. A true story of a family , the ups, downs and tragedies seen through the dark side of a stand up comic. In so many respects most people can relate to this book and its message.
  • Taylor Noel
    A raw, emotional, and brutally, achingly beautiful memoir. One of the best I’ve ever read. Highly recommends.
  • Rose
    A touching story of a family dealing with tragedy. It's short and sweet. It's value and message would mean the most to families dealing with grief or people battling mental illness.
  • Jeanne
    As advertised, very tragic.
  • Andrea
    Thanks to the publisher for this ARC. This is a heart-breaking book by a man who tries to articulate what it is like to lose someone to mental illness. His love for her shines through.
  • Rachel Watkins
    It’s not often a memoir about mental illness and loss is funny too. TRAGEDY PLUS TIME explores the confusing feelings grief causes-all of them justified and real.