Prozac Nation (Movie Tie-In)

Prozac Nation (Movie Tie-In)

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by Elizabeth Wurtzel
     
 

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"A book that became a cultural touchstone." — The New Yorker

Elizabeth Wurtzel writes with her finger in the faint pulse of an overdiagnosed generation whose ruling icons are Kurt Cobain, Xanax, and pierced tongues. In this famous memoir of her bouts with depression and skirmishes with drugs, Prozac Nation is a witty

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"A book that became a cultural touchstone." — The New Yorker

Elizabeth Wurtzel writes with her finger in the faint pulse of an overdiagnosed generation whose ruling icons are Kurt Cobain, Xanax, and pierced tongues. In this famous memoir of her bouts with depression and skirmishes with drugs, Prozac Nation is a witty and sharp account of the psychopharmacology of an era for readers of Girl, Interrupted and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar.

 

Editorial Reviews

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"Wrenching and comical, self-indulgent and self-aware, Prozac Nation possesses the raw candor of Joan Didion's essays, the irritating emotional exhibitionism of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, and the wry, dark humor of a Bob Dylan song."—The New York Times

"[Wurtzel] is smart, she is funny...she is thoughtful and...she is very, very brave. Wurtzel portrays, from the inside out, an emotional life perpetually spent outrunning the relentless pursuit of what she describes as a black wave, often sacrificing her likability on the altar of her truth."—Vanity Fair

"A very important book, particularly to the countless number of people who aren't sure what's wrong with them but are suffering from the negative thinking, erratic behavior, and dark moods associated with clinical depression. A powerful self-portrait...well worth reading"—San Francisco Bay Guardian

"The saddest, funniest, and ultimately, most triumphant book about youthful depression I've come across. It reads like a mixture of J.D. Salinger and Sylvia Plath, with some Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen thrown in for good measure...[Wurtzel] is one canny and entertaining observer of her generation: if you've been wondering why Kurt Cobain meant what he did—what it feels like to be young, gifted, and black of spirit—this book is the CD, tape, video, and literary answer all in one."—Daphne Merkin, author of Enchantment

"A very good book, maybe even an important one, and the pain and despair Wurtzel describes are as real as they are excruciatingly rendered."—Mademoiselle

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Twenty-six-year-old Wurtzel, a former critic of popular music for New York and the New Yorker, recounts in this luridly intimate memoir the 10 years of chronic, debilitating depression that preceded her treatment with Prozac in 1990. After her parents' acrimonious divorce, Wurtzel was raised by her mother on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The onset of puberty, she recalls, also marked the onset of recurrent bouts of acute depression, sending her spiraling into episodes of catatonic despair, masochism and hysterical crying. Here she unsparingly details her therapists, hospitalizations, binges of sex and drug use and the paralyzing spells of depression which afflicted her in high school and as a Harvard undergraduate and culminated in a suicide attempt and ultimate diagnosis of atypical depression, a severe, episodic psychological disorder. The title is misleading, for Wurtzel skimps on sociological analysis and remains too self-involved to justify her contention that depression is endemic to her generation. By turns emotionally powerful and tiresomely solipsistic, her book straddles the line between an absorbing self-portrait and a coy bid for public attention. First serial to Vogue, Esquire and Mouth2Mouth.
Library Journal
From her first attempted suicide as a 12 year old, Wurtzel records her life as an intellectually gifted but emotionally deprived young woman struggling with clinical depression. She describes her adolescence and her acceptance to Harvard despite a checkered high school career. At the university, she lived constantly on the precipice of a nervous breakdown-and slipped down into the abyss from time to time. Always, she fought back-relying on therapy, drugs (both licit and illicit), friends, and an innate inner strength-and found some salvation in the recognition she received for her writing. Ultimately, treatment with a combination of lithium and prozac allowed her to maintain her stability, but she is unwilling to accept a fate of life-long drug dependence. Graphically written, this book expresses the pain and anger of Wurtzel's unremitting protest against her disability. It will appeal to young readers seeking stories of depression they can relate to. Recommended.-Carol R. Glatt, VA Medical Ctr. Lib., Philadelphia
Booknews
"Full of promise" is how anyone would have described Elizabeth Wurtzel at age ten, a bright-eyed little girl who painted, wrote stories, and excelled in school. By age 12, she was cutting her legs with razor blades, and college turned into a series of breakdowns, crises, and a suicide attempt. Not until being prescribed Prozac, in combination with other psychoactive drugs and therapy, was some stability possible for her. Written with spunk and wit, this is an excellent picture of a young woman's struggle with depression and her view of the dire effects our social and cultural milieu has on the young. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573229623
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/02/2002
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
818,695
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

"Wrenching and comical, self-indulgent and self-aware, Prozac Nation possesses the raw candor of Joan Didion's essays, the irritating emotional exhibitionism of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, and the wry, dark humor of a Bob Dylan song."—The New York Times

"[Wurtzel] is smart, she is funny...she is thoughtful and...she is very, very brave. Wurtzel portrays, from the inside out, an emotional life perpetually spent outrunning the relentless pursuit of what she describes as a black wave, often sacrificing her likability on the altar of her truth."—Vanity Fair

"A very important book, particularly to the countless number of people who aren't sure what's wrong with them but are suffering from the negative thinking, erratic behavior, and dark moods associated with clinical depression. A powerful self-portrait...well worth reading"—San Francisco Bay Guardian

"The saddest, funniest, and ultimately, most triumphant book about youthful depression I've come across. It reads like a mixture of J.D. Salinger and Sylvia Plath, with some Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen thrown in for good measure...[Wurtzel] is one canny and entertaining observer of her generation: if you've been wondering why Kurt Cobain meant what he did—what it feels like to be young, gifted, and black of spirit—this book is the CD, tape, video, and literary answer all in one."—Daphne Merkin, author of Enchantment

"A very good book, maybe even an important one, and the pain and despair Wurtzel describes are as real as they are excruciatingly rendered."—Mademoiselle

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Wurtzel is the author of bestselling books including Prozac Nation, Bitch, and More, Now, Again. A Harvard and Yale Law School graduate whose work has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, New York, The Guardian, and The Oxford American, she lives in New York City.

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Prozac Nation 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
iMaggie More than 1 year ago
Like a lot of the books that I buy, I tend to watch the movie without even realizing that there is a book first. But after I did watch the movie (that I believe anybody can relate to) and the book was no different. It was absorbing, funny, and insightful all in one. I couldn't help but turn to different chapters and reread them just to experience the feelings again. I fell in love with the characters' personality and their stories, along with the setting and how she's strong even without the normal sense. I definatly recommend this for anybody looking for some insight into the mind of the depressed teenager.
Caylin.D More than 1 year ago
THE BEST BOOK IVE EVER READ!!!! prozac nation is uplifting and luminesant prose of elizabeth wurtzels struggle with depression i am only 14, 13 when i read it but i understood it but i wud recoment it for ages 17 on up its an amazing story that everyone can relate to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It changed my perspective on my own life and made me think twice about times when I catch myself thinking my life is terrible. I recommend this book for anyone going through a hard time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, you've sure got to hand it to her. A young woman takes her excruciating pain and writes a book that all but transforms her into what she would later term a near 'rock star'. She would later go on to capitalize upon a literary project chronicling her subsequent descent into drug addiction and recovery. She should only remain well enough to maintain enough personal inferno to keep entertaining all us codependents. The publishers will likely keep this esteemed author well kept and fully enabled.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Prozac Nation. I watched the movie first, and then read the book. Elizabeth Wurtzel totally totally captures - so many things. Her writing is very honest. I bought this book thinking it was the Lauren Slater book, Prozac Diary - but I was not disappointed. If you are looking for something to make mental illness, depression, or even growing up, a little more real and less crazy, this is a good book to pick up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prozac Nation is the story of a girl battling with a life of depression. The book takes the reader through her journey of ups and down. The author starts with the begging of her life and shows how she changed from a bright fun person to a dark depressed girl. She writes about her unhealthy relations ships with her father, mother and boyfriends. While the whole time making the reader wonder if this terrible depression will ever end. I suggest this book to anyone interested in real stories and traumas of young woman. If you enjoyed ¿Go Ask Alice¿ and `The Torn Skirt¿ then ¿Prozac Nation¿ should be next on your list. The author did a great job of drawing the reader in to her illness and explaining it in such a way that you can almost feel the pain. The reader ends up with a better understanding of what depression really is and how much it affects its victims.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I want to personally thank Wurtzel for being brave enough to put her most personal thoughts on paper for the public to see. I know a lot of people think she's whining because 'all she's been through is a divorce.' But to all of you with TRUE DEPRESSION, you know that it's not circumstances that make you this way, it's BIOCHEMISTRY. So when reviewers try to 'one up' Wurtzel with all of their emotional scars, it's because they are jealous that they aren't published. Just because someone had to go through more, doesn't make them more entitled to mental anguish. Like I said, it's your BRAIN that's the culprit, not your damaging past experiences. Please read the book with a little more insightfulness...then you will see that she says, 'So what?' to her negative experiences and is really trying just to grapple with this brain of hers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book after I saw the movie, and in my opinion it lived up to everything the movie did. It takes you places that anyone with depression can relate to. I really loved this book (and the movie), and recommend it to anyone who wants to read/watch something they can connect with!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I was glued to the pages. I could never put it down. Her emotions are so real and I felt that I could relate to them. By reading this book I learned that depression is more than just a phase and its deeper than what most people are led to believe. It's eye-opening and worth reading. I recommend it to teen girls in particular.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prozac Nation is the type of book that will touch your heart and change the way you view life. Elizabeth¿s memoir of her adolescence and depression that lasted ten years is inspiring to anyone who reads it. The story is brutally honest and has some vulgar language but if you can handle it you¿ll definitely enjoy it. Elizabeth is a very intelligent and strong woman who grew up ¿emotionally deprived¿ yet through her struggles she came out of her depression with hope and a will to live life to its fullest. I would recommend this book to anyone, depressed or not, especially teenagers because it gives them something to relate to so they don¿t always feel alone.
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