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Things That Helped

Nonfiction: Autobiography & Memoir
Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/10/2018

Things That Helped

On Postpartum Depression

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684411344
Digital Download ISBN:9781684411351


In Things That Helped Jessica Friedmann navigates her recovery from postpartum depression in a wide-ranging collection of personal essays.

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Things That Helped is a memoir in essays, detailing the Australian writer Jessica Friedmann's recovery from postpartum depression. In each essay she focuses on a separate totemic object―from pho to red lips to the musician Anohni―to tell a story that is both deeply personal and culturally resonant. Drawing on critical theory, popular culture, and her own experience, Friedmann's wide-ranging essays touch on class, race, gender, and sexuality, as well as motherhood, creativity, and mental illness. Occasionally confrontational, but always powerfully moving and beautifully observed, Things That Helped charts her return into the world: a slow and complex process of reassembling what depression fractured, and sometimes broke.


"[Friedmann] never succumbs to sentimentality in these pages even when it's obvious how much she loves (or has learned to love) her son and how fortunate she feels for all that she has. Well-rendered essays that make readers think and feel deeply." ―Kirkus

"By carefully and deliberately describing the pain, dissociation, discomfort, alienation, and other forms of havoc she experienced after birthing her son, Friedmann legitimates and recognizes the physical, psychological, and political features of postpartum depression." ―Booklist

"[Friedmann] writes with brutal originality." —Terri Apter, The Times Literary Supplement

"To read these essays is to observe a keen intelligence at work both coolly analyzing the social forces and gender expectations that inform our understanding of this condition, while grappling with powerful feelings that bewilder and appall [Friedmann]." —Fiona Capp, Sydney Morning Herald

"It's incredible to read Friedmann engaging with so many voices without having them, even for a minute, drown out her own." —Grace McCarter, Hot Chicks with Big Brains

Author Bio

Jessica Friedmann is a writer and editor living in Canberra, Australia, with her husband and small son. A graduate of the University of Melbourne with an honors thesis in creative writing, her work has appeared in the Rumpus, the Lifted Brow, Smith Journal, Dumbo Feather, ArtsHub, the Age, and other publications.