So Sad Today: Personal Essays by Melissa BroderSo Sad Today: Personal Essays by Melissa Broder

So Sad Today: Personal Essays

byMelissa Broder

Paperback | March 15, 2016

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"These essays are sad and uncomfortable and their own kind of gorgeous. They reveal so much about what it is to live in this world, right now." --Roxane Gay,New York Timesbestselling author ofBad Feminist

From acclaimed poet and creator of the popular Twitter account @sosadtoday comes a darkly funny and brutally honest collection of essays.

Melissa Broder always struggled with anxiety. In the fall of 2012, she went through a harrowing cycle of panic attacks and dread that wouldn't abate for months. So she began @sosadtoday, an anonymous Twitter feed that allowed her to express her darkest feelings, and which quickly gained a dedicated following. In SO SAD TODAY, Broder delves deeper into the existential themes she explores on Twitter, grappling with sex, death, love low self-esteem, addiction, and the drama of waiting for the universe to text you back. With insights as sharp as her humor, Broder explores--in prose that is both ballsy and beautiful, aggressively colloquial and achingly poetic--questions most of us are afraid to even acknowledge, let alone answer, in order to discover what it really means to be a person in this modern world.
Melissa Broder is the author of four collections of poems, including the forthcomingLAST SEXT(Tin House, 2016). Her poems have appeared inPOETRY, Guernica, andThe Iowa Review, among other journals. She lives in Venice, California.
Title:So Sad Today: Personal EssaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.75 inPublished:March 15, 2016Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1455562726

ISBN - 13:9781455562725


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sunk my teeth into this Reading this book was a cathartic realization that someone else was my kind of crazy. It was raw in ways that required a knowing eye to see and i enjoyed the experience of reading it.
Date published: 2018-10-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of time Damian: Five stars for you Glen Coco, You GO Glen Coco! ....And one for Melissa Broder. Bye. Okay, let me elaborate. I was suckered into buying this because of the blurb, "These essays are sad and uncomfortable and their own kind of gorgeous. They reveal so much about what it is to live in this world, right now." --Roxane Gay. However, while the first sentence stands true, I disagree with Roxane on the latter part of her blurb. Of course, her opinion is subjective just like mine. I found some of her essays were contradicting and hypocritical and, to be honest, most of them *were* gross. Not what I was expecting - even the synopsis didn't prepare me for what I was about to read. Huge waste of my time. But hey, if you want to read about how a girl gets off by puking on people, then this one is for you!
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny & Real I really enjoyed some of the stories, although others dragged on a bit. I could also only read one or two stories at a time because the topics are intense, so it took me awhile to finish the book even though it's fairly short.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reality at its best I found myself relating to her so much. Brutally honest yet hilarious at the same time.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from i DID NOT like this book I bought this book over a year ago and i am still trying to finish it. It's not that it is an uncomfortable read, the subject matter doesn't bother me. Some chapters are easier to get through than others but i find it hard to read continuously. It has never taken me this long to read a book in my life. I really don't enjoy this one.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pours it all on the page So Sad Today is a quick, yet uncomfortable read. It's messy and graphic and honest. I really enjoyed it - it was refreshing to read about love, sex, mental illness, womanhood so openly and honestly.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favorite book A stunning collection that I will continue to return to for years
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Raw and honest Like the blurb by Roxane Gay mentions, So Sad Today is an uncomfortable read. It's honest and feels raw. I was comforted by it sometimes because I would say to myself "well, I'm not that bad". Then I would read something I related to and my anxiety would spike. I'm glad I read it because I feel that we need to talk openly about mental health issues. However, Melissa Broder's essays are also a reminder that mental health issues vary widely and not all treatment options work for everybody.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! So real, so right.
Date published: 2016-08-08

Editorial Reviews

"Broder's book is a reminder of how humor can spring organically from darkness--not as a result of sadness but in spite of it--and Broder is unusually gifted at harnessing its defensive power."