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I'm Just Happy to Be Here : A Memoir of Renegade Mothering - by Janelle Hanchett (Hardcover)

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From the creator of the blog "Renegade Mothering," Janelle Hanchett's forthright, wickedly funny, and ultimately empowering memoir chronicling her tumultuous journey from young motherhood to abysmal addiction and a recovery she never imagined possible. At 21, Janelle Hanchett embraced motherhood with the reckless self-confidence of those who have no idea what they're getting into. Having known her child's father for only three months, she found herself rather suddenly getting to know a newborn, husband, and wholly transformed identity. She was in love, but she was bored, directionless, and seeking too much relief in too much wine. Over time, as she searched for home in suburbia and settled life, a precarious drinking habit turned into treacherous dependence, until life became car seats and splitting hangovers, cubicles and multi-day drug binges--and finally, an inconceivable separation from her children. For ten years, Hanchett grappled with the relentless progression of addiction, bouncing from rehabs to therapists to the occasional hippie cleansing ritual on her quest for sobriety, before finding it in a way she never expected. This is a story we rarely hear--of the addict mother not redeemed by her children; who longs for normalcy but cannot maintain it; and who, having traveled to the bottom of addiction, all the way to "society's hated mother," makes it back, only to discover she will always remain an outsider. Like her irreverent, hilarious, and unflinchingly honest blog, "Renegade Mothering," Hanchett's memoir speaks with warmth and wit to those who feel like outsiders in parenthood and life--calling out the rhetoric surrounding "the sanctity of motherhood" as tired and empty, boldly recounting instead how one grows to accept an imperfect self within an imperfect life--thinking, with great and final relief, "Well, I'll be damned, I'm just happy to be here."
Number of Pages: 310
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Family + Relationships, Self Improvement
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Hachette Books
Author: Janelle Hanchett
Language: English
Street Date: May 1, 2018
TCIN: 53418791
UPC: 9780316503778
Item Number (DPCI): 248-66-1992
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Passionate, real and relatable

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5 out of 5 stars
Marie L 6 months ago
Janelle Hanchett's words are poetry and the way that she weaves her story together is absolute artistry. I haven't read a book like her's before - her story is deep, passionate and relatable. While the back cover gives the overarching story of "the addict mother not redeemed by her children" it is m...see moreof the reviewer's review
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Raw, compelling, and sometimes hilarious- read this book!

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Rockandrollmama 7 months ago
Stunning, raw, compelling, and occasionally funny as heck. Janelle's voice jumps off the page, and doesn't shy away from saying the things most of us maybe THINK but would never SAY. It's that unflinching take on her own story that makes this book such a gift. Read it, highlight passages, buy it f...see moreof the reviewer's review
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Jordan Burnett 7 months ago
Janelle’s account of the road to the bottom of alcoholism and the life that comes after is not only compelling but brutally honest. The moments she describes in the darkest places are palatable and transformative. The beautiful life she has built out of the ruins of addiction is infinitely inspiring...see moreof the reviewer's review
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Powerful, gut-wrenching story of recovery

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JG 7 months ago
Sometimes a piece of art changes us in ways we feel in our bones. I had this happen most recently while reading this book. I’M JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE is about the intersection of motherhood, mental health, and addiction. It’s an absorbing and uncomfortably honest gut-punch, followed by a hug. Janelle...see moreof the reviewer's review
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A must read for anyone whose life has been touched by addiction

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JD 7 months ago
I was blown away by this book; in fact I’ve read it twice now thanks to getting my hands on an advanced reader copy. Janelle tells her story with a raw, powerful, honesty and that’s what sets it apart from other addiction/recovery stories. She gives us the good, the bad, and the ugly without excuse...see moreof the reviewer's review
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