Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina BenaimDepression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim

Depression & Other Magic Tricks

bySabrina Benaim

Paperback | August 22, 2017

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Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" has become a cultural phenomenon with over 50,000,000 views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living. Andrea Gibson, author of Pansy, writes "I read this book on a day I couldn't get out of bed and it made me feel like I had a friend in the world...Simply put, this book disappears loneliness."
Sabrina Benaim is a writer, performance & teaching artist, whose home base is Toronto. She was a member of the Canadian championship-winning 2014 Toronto Poetry Slam team, & in 2015, she represented Toronto at the Women Of The World Poetry Slam.  Sabrina has written poems for ESPNW, The Government of Canada, & most recently, made her C...
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Title:Depression & Other Magic TricksFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.25 inPublished:August 22, 2017Publisher:Button PoetryLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1943735204

ISBN - 13:9781943735204

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Worth the Price This book is good but the problem that I have with it is the price. Why sell such a small book, one that most people can finish in 20 minutes, for 20 dollars? It's not even 100 pages. For the most part, if you see her performing her poetry, you got the gist of the book too #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible It was the title that originally peaked my interest, but it is the content that kept me reading. The words are so powerful and describe depression, something so ugly and terrible to endure, in such a manner that can only be described as beautiful. I could find myself in every line, and I felt comfort in knowing that other people experience what I'm going through too. These poems are the closest definition of what depression feels like, and I believe that they can inspire a generation of people to understand mental illnesses.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Relatable! As someone who suffers from depression, I can not only relate but also feel all the author has written.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wow truly opened my eyes and i enjoyed the style of writing
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from wee bit immature but enjoyable I own the print edition. I much prefer rupi kaur, but there are a few poems in here i resonate with. In general i feel the style and substance is a little immature for my taste. I still appreciate the author's work and look forward to seeing how they grow.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good, but rather immature I much prefer rupi kaur, but there are a few poems in here i resonate with. In general i feel the style and substance is a little immature for my taste. I still appreciate the author's work and look forward to seeing how they grow.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from eye-opener wow, this is an eye-opener about depression from a first-hand perspective
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from no It's not especially well-written and basically serves as millennial bait.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok was hyped for this book, and was somewhat pleased, but not entirely. Good for a quick read, but will not match your highest expectations.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Overall, this book could have used some work but the general atmosphere was very gripping, and the character development was great!
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AHHHH! Read the first couple of pages in this book and couldn't put it down! 10/10! Anyone and Everyone has to read this.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and true! Important themes presented in a very well managed poetic form.Lovely book!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's alright Well written. Would read again!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok i love this book and would 10/10 recommend to anyone interested.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok i love this book and would 10/10 recommend to anyone interested.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it very relatable and very honest
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Important themes presented in well managed poetic form.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional I bought this book after listening to her on Button Poetry, I was not disappointed.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from strangely powerful I could see a lot of people not being into this, but I found it powerful and well written.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from WAS NOT FOR ME EVERYONE SEEMED TO LOVE IT, HOWEVER I DID NOT ENJOY HOW THE BOOK WAS WRITTEN.... GOOD MESSAGE THO
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It Such a powerful book to read
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excited i love her poetry about her depression she explains it in such a beautiful way
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very powerful finished it in a few hours. very powerful
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great! This was very helpful for me!
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting mix I love the interesting mix of poetry in this book. A great poet, that knows how to get her message across. Very strong poems with deep and powerful meanings behind them all. A great read for those who are looking for a better understanding of what it is like to suffer from depression.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I took refuge in this book. A great read for anyone!
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Powerful Collection Powerful! Benaim is talented (those metaphors, girl!) and I think my younger self would have felt solace in her words. I hope many others do too!
Date published: 2017-07-25

Editorial Reviews

"In Depression & Other Magic Tricks, Sabrina Benaim has devised a maze of language that both prods and lulls the reader deeper into the tangle: "What is the name of a place that everyone can see is burning...& that place is not a place but a person." Unafraid to address the intangible murk of depression's stronghold in the face of grief, Benaim writes "when the sky fell...you would think i would have run." And aren't we all this surprised by what we will and will not do in the heat of our own undoing? It is a thing of courage to address the bottomless dark with whole words, to trumpet its omnipresence, to name it and not flinch." -- Jeanann Verlee, author of Said the Manic to the Muse