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I'm Just Happy to Be Here

I'm Just Happy to Be Here

A Memoir of Renegade Mothering

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.”

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Genre: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

On Sale: May 1st 2018

Price: $13.99 / $17.99 (CDN)

Page Count: 320

ISBN-13: 9780316549431

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Praise

"Janelle Hanchett
presents motherhood as we seldom see it: with irreverent humor, brazen honesty,
deep love and loss. Her story is about finding peace right in the mess of
motherhood, and that's what makes it wonderful."—Jill Smokler, New
York Times
bestselling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy

"Fiercely talented
word-warrior Janelle Hanchett grabs your guts with her frank,
brutally funny, and moving memoir of modern motherhood and addiction.
You won't want to let go of this book."—Ann Imig, editor of Listen
to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We're Saying Now

"Whilst we are all
fighting some sort of inner battle, few of us have the honesty, humor, and
heart to describe our struggle like Janelle Hanchett. Her memoir, I'm Just Happy to Be Here, is not just for
those touched by addiction, but for anyone who has ever felt like an
outsider, which is everyone. I could not put this book down."—Firoozeh Dumas, New
York Times
bestselling author of Funny in Farsi and Laughing
Without an Accent

"Far from your cookie-cutter story of addiction and recovery, I'm Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering describes Hanchett's journey to recovery and sobriety in imperfect and unconventional ways."—Bustle

"By turns painful and funny, [I'm Just Happy to Be Here] explores the
pressures of modern motherhood while chronicling one woman's journey
toward acceptance of her own limitations and imperfections. A searingly
candid memoir."—Kirkus Reviews

"Hanchett offers a startling account of her struggles
with alcohol and drug addiction in this raw and riveting memoir.... Readers will
cheer Hanchett toward her triumphant recovery."—Publishers Weekly

"Witty,
heartbreaking, and enlightening, Hanchett's memoir will resonate with parents
and nonparents alike."—Booklist

"An inspiring message about recovery that resonates through its emphasis on the imperfect progress of life."—Library Journal

"Janelle Hanchett...counters the popular idea that children
are the solution to all of life's problems and that motherhood is
picture-perfect all the time.... Candid [and] self-deprecating."—Brit + Co

"Even for those who have never experienced addiction, [I'm Just Happy to Be Here] offers a
relatable portrait of motherhood stripped of sanctimony and pretense."—The San Francisco Examiner

"Unflinchingly honest."—Health.com

"In her stunning memoir...Hanchett has painted an honest,
unflinching portrait of motherhood, addiction, and recovery. Through her
wickedly funny and devastating candor, Hanchett shatters the veneer covering
the parts of ourselves--our selfishness, arrogance, and conceit--that we try so
hard to conceal. I'm Just Happy to Be
Here
is about love, life, pain, and loss. It's about the ties that bind,
and how one woman found her way by giving up the wheel."—She Does The City

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