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Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
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Jan 17, 09

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If Wurtzel had gone more in depth with the topics she brings up in the epilogue about the nation's shift towards psychopharmacology and automatic gratification, this . As it is, the book is horribly mistitled- she doesn't address her experience with Prozac until the final chapters.

As a memoir, it could have been more centered and deliberate- but I understand why it's not. Having several friends who have gone through depression (many in almost the same words as Wurtzel), I understand that the illness doesn't lend itself the linear, rational plotline I'd like it to. The writing gets overly self-pitiful at times (think Bella of Twilight fame), but has rare instances of wit.

Something random that bugged me- in the Acknowledgements, she goes over how grateful she is to her editors, Bob Dylan, her cat, etc. But there's not a word about her mother (who admittedly was often more harm than good, but tried her best in a human way) and, more surprisingly, nothing about Dr Sterling- the therapist she claims over and over saved her life.
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Reading Progress

01/15/2009 page 100
27.17% "I'm trying..."
01/15/2009 page 160
43.48% "This book isn't what I assumed it was... oops."

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