Life Will Be the Death of Me by Chelsea Handler

Life Will Be the Death of Me

In a haze of vape smoke on a rare windy night in L.A. 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...

Details Life Will Be the Death of Me

TitleLife Will Be the Death of Me
Release DateApr 9th, 2019
PublisherSpiegel & Grau
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Audiobook, Humor

Reviews Life Will Be the Death of Me

  • Maxwell
    Loved her narration of the audiobook—you could hear the emotion in her voice. And I respect how vulnerable and real she was in this. Definitely not a book for everyone but I appreciated it and it was a good companion during my move and unpacking of many boxes.
  • Tina
    This was Chelsea's best-and most honest- memoir yet. Its still got that Chelsea brand of humor but she gets deep about privilege, politics, activism, drugs, family, and finding meaning in your life. It's really personal and probably won't appeal to every reader, but I enjoyed it. It made me think and made a great case for therapy being something for everyone. What...a delight.
  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
    This was a very big departure from the type of books Chelsea normally writes. It still had flashes of her humor (which I love), but it was pretty serious. It was mostly about her dealing with the death of her brother and mom, and then realizing her shortcomings and wanting to be a better person.It was good, and I will always be a huge fan of hers, but if you're looking to laugh, this is not the book.
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    I didn't properly read reviews before starting the audiobook of Life Will Be the Death of Me: . . . and You Too!, and I expected it to be another outrageous, funny, anecdotal book from Chelsea Handler. That's not at all what I got. This book is a deep, introspective look at Chelsea Handler's life, shortcomings, and personality traits that make up the complex person that she is today. It is a serious story, and it's told very movingly and with muc...
  • Katie B
    I wouldn't say I'm a Chelsea Handler fan because I rarely watched her show on E! and have yet to check out anything she has put out on Netflix. I do however, love her books. Her first four books literally had me in tears I was laughing so hard. (Her fifth book, Uganda Be Kidding Me, wasn't quite as good as the others but it still was pretty funny) This book is definitely different than anything she was written before as we get to see a more intro...
  • britt_brooke
    In an effort to burst her privileged bubble, Handler, with the aid of her brilliant, unflagging therapist, unearths who she is and why. After suffering a significant loss as a child, her already awkward family shifted. This memoir is a departure from her humorous essays, and while the wit is certainly still there, this is some heavy shit. I appreciate her openness. The way her pieces came together made sense. It’s never too late to work on your...
  • Malia
    This was quite a bit more serious than I expected, but definitely Handler's best book so far. If you're looking for fluff, this isn't it, but Handler does, of course, pack in her signature acerbic humor, even when she talks about far more serious stories of her life than in previous books. Entertaining and surprisingly moving at times!Find more reviews and bookish fun at
  • Antigone
    Plunged into a full-bodied Blue State despair by the election of Donald Trump, comedienne and talk show host Chelsea Handler takes her privileged self off to therapy to discuss, among other things, privilege, gender and, eventually, the deep-seated rage and fear that informs most of her choice-making. In a candid (if scattershot) examination of her childhood, she unearths the long-reaching effect of the death of her brother on her intimate relati...
  • Lisa Leone-campbell
    I must confess a few things…I have always liked Chelsea Handler. I have enjoyed both her television shows and her books. I have seen her stand-up comedy show live and I have even met her.She has always had a dark edge to her and the ability to say what is on her mind, something which I have always envied just a little bit. She has always appeared to me as sarcastically scary, if that is a real thing.But in this new book, Life Will Be the Death ...
  • BWT (Belen)
    4.5 starsHeartfelt and heartwarming are two words I would not normally associate with Chelsea Handler, but as she takes the audience through some of her most painful past moments, thankfully using plenty of humor along the way, I found myself absolutely enraptured. This was really vulnerable of Handler to put herself on display in this particular way and it resonated and turned on a light to some of my own behaviors. Overall very well done and ab...
  • Laura • lauralovestoread
    Chelsea Handler has always been my go-to when I’m looking for a laugh. I’ve never read any books by her though, and I was looking for a genre mix up from the spooky reads this season. Life Will Be the Death of Me was such a delight!I had so many laugh-out-loud moments, and my favorite chapters were Chunk, Ayahuasca, and Marijuana Keeps Families Together. Told from her life with honesty and hilarity, Chelsea Handler serves up political views o...
  • Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
    3.5 Stars I love Chelsea’s books. Are you there Vodka? It’s me, Chelsea is one of my fave nonfiction reads. But this one was so different! It had so much depth. She talked about politics, her “white privilege”, racism and just how she needed to do more self reflecting and try harder to become a better person. Oh and it also had the Chelsea humor. I’m glad I got a chance to read it.“There was a time when being famous and having this ki...
  • Suzanne
    This Chelsea Handler book is different from her others but I loved it even more for that reason. She tackles so many serious matters and expresses her concerns and thoughts extremely well. She showed a much deeper and more intelligent side to herself in this one. I have read her other books and knew she was kinder than people would assume but this is really shown even more so in this book. I really incredible read.
  • Lisa
    I just can't read another book about a celebrity being depressed after the 2016 election - I'm not saying I didn't feel the same.. it's just too much at this point IMO.
  • Shannon
    Life Will be the Death of Me...and You Too! I Picked Up This Book Because: I love Chelsea.I’ve always thought Chelsea was an open book when it came to her writing but this book take open, honest and vulnerable to new levels for her. This book follows a year of therapy and explores her losses in life. Her personality, the shortcomings that come with that and her need and ability to overcome these challenges. This book was deeply personal on a...
  • Kelsey (Kelseylovesbooks)
    I've read all of Chelsea Handler's books, and this one was by far the poignant but also the most real. The humor I've come to know and love from her books is present, but she also tackles much more serious topics as the death of her brother when she was nine and her lifelong struggles with trusting those around her not to abandon her.Much of the book is told through her interactions with her therapist as she makes discoveries about herself and wh...
  • Donna
    I stopped reading at paragraph 2 when she makes reference to her 2 assistants.
  • Krissy
    I couldn't put this book down. I would highly recommend you listen to the audiobook. Chelsea's narration was vulnerable and real. I laughed and I cried through this entire thing. 5 strong stats.
  • Jennifer
    Read this in one evening. It’s so Chelsea- which I love- brutally honest, charming and snarky- but she also opens up about some really tough topics, like the death of her brother and the loss of her parents, which is a side you rarely see from her. She brings up a lot of good points about the culture of endulgence and why we think bigger is always better. She catalogs many sessions with her therapist who asks her deep questions that had me feel...
  • Sarah
    4.5 stars. This was really excellent and not at all what I expected. I'd never read one of Chelsea Handler's books, and I expected this to be a lot funnier than it was. And it certainly has funny moments, but this is not a comedy book. It's a really tender, heartfelt memoir about pain and grief and really examining oneself. Through interactions with her therapist, Chelsea digs into some of the moments in her past that have affected her life the m...
  • Chance Lee
    I miss Chelsea Handler's Netflix show, but this book explains why she quit. Lots of introspection from someone who doesn't seem accustomed to it. A few humorous stories about her dogs, but mostly serious essays about therapy. I like the acronym her therapist uses -- IAM: Identification. Awareness. Modification. And I am (no pun intended) curious about Enneagrams. I don't think I'm an 8, even though I identify with Chelsea and her journey (a word ...
  • JustKate
    Listen to this book instead of reading it in paper form. You might be able to hear her voice come across in your head while reading the words but you won't hear her voice breaking at the moments that count and know how difficult it was for her to put this piece of work out there. Her journey to self discovery is so truthful and raw. When I realized that she not only had to live it, then write it, then narrate the story of her life and loss, I fou...
  • Yoda
    This is my first Chelsea Handler book and Im so pleased I picked this one. I laughed, I cried and I laughed some more. I had no real expectations for this one and I think thats what made it even better. This is my first Chelsea Handler book and I´m so pleased I picked this one. I laughed, I cried and I laughed some more. I had no real expectations for this one and I think that´s what made it even better.
  • Jacob Kolody
    More like 3.5 stars but y’know…I was hoping this would be a 5-star read after all the hype but it wasn’t for me. Now in saying that, this is easily Chelsea Handler’s most well written book BUT I opened it with the hope that I would laugh out loud the way I did with her other memoirs. To my surprise, this was actually very emotionally affecting and unlike anything she has written before. It’s clear that therapy has changed her. It seems ...
  • Patty
    This book is raw and vulnerable, it was heart-wrenching and still filled with laughter. She really accomplished a lot in this short book. Chelsea took a hard look at herself after the anger that consumed her following the 2016 election, and this led her into therapy and forced her to take a hard look at the loss in her life that she never healed from. It was an incredible read. I've always loved the way in which Chelsea shares her opinion or info...
  • Hillaryunderwood
    Not my typical style of book- but I’m a Dan Siegel (author’s psychiatrist) nerd so I was curious what a client’s perspective would be like! I did laugh throughout and teared up a few times too as the author herself was becoming emotional reading it aloud. Overall, not sure I’d recommend - but easy audiobook to listen to and now I know... Dan Siegel is as amazing as I think he is.
  • Tracy Challis
    This book is worth reading. I feel the need to admit I have never really been a Chelsea Handler fan. I had seen her on occasion and found her to be funny at times, but I was also a little put off by an edge to her I found dismissive and belittling. Then I saw her as a guest on Bill Maher’s show where she talked seriously (with a hint of her sarcastic humor) about how devastated she was about the 2016 election- so much so she sought counseling. ...
  • Bridgette
    This book was exceptional. It was the perfect blend of hilarious and devastating and Chelsea Handler narrated with such conviction and emotion. I’m so impressed by her growth from her other books, which are mostly about sex and pranks and adventures (loved them) but they were definitely missing all this heart I didn’t know she had. I could really relate to her introspection about the major death in her family and how it changed her life forev...
  • Michelle
    4.5 stars rounding up. I like Chelsea Handler though she can be a bit "much" at times... but this memoir is surprisingly honest, self-aware, and not the least bit raunchy/rude/inappropriate (those things are all fine, in certain circumstances). Unexpectedly insightful and moving, and I was fascinated by her childhood. Better yet I listened on audiobook and she is an excellent narrator. If you have even the slightest passing interest in Chelsea Ha...
  • Alexandria
    I can't believe Chelsea Handler made me cry.