Rage Against the Meshugenah: Why it Takes Balls to Go Nuts

Rage Against the Meshugenah: Why it Takes Balls to Go Nuts

by Danny Evans
     
 

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In his early thirties, Danny Evans had a smokin' hot wife, a new baby boy, and the highest paying job he'd ever had. Then, in the span of one week, a sudden layoff and the events of 9/11 plunged Evans into a crushing depression. At turns poignant and uproarious, Rage Against the Meshugenah vividly traces Evans' journey through the minefield of mental illness…  See more details below

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In his early thirties, Danny Evans had a smokin' hot wife, a new baby boy, and the highest paying job he'd ever had. Then, in the span of one week, a sudden layoff and the events of 9/11 plunged Evans into a crushing depression. At turns poignant and uproarious, Rage Against the Meshugenah vividly traces Evans' journey through the minefield of mental illness from a modern man's point-of-view, including his no-holds-barred confrontations with infuriating sexual side effects, self-medication with beer and porn, and a therapist named Neil Diamond.

Danny Evans is here to tell readers the truth about depression, in his own unique style. Skillfully combining self-deprecating humor, absurdly ridiculous insights, and astute pop culture references, Evans reveals his universal struggle to make himself feel happy in a world gone mad, and he's willing to let readers in on his rollercoaster ride of laugher, tears and a whole lot of meshugenah.

Editorial Reviews

You don't have to be Jewish to appreciate the expressiveness of the Yiddish term meshuga, a term that covers extreme eccentricity and downright insanity. In the case of Danny Evans, the author of this feisty, full-bodied memoir, his meshuga-ness took the form of a post–September 11th depression that left him desperate for even temporary relief, much less a cure. To ease the mental pain, he self-medicated with pills, beer, and hardcore porn. Nevertheless, his pugnacious resilience somehow pulled him through, giving this book an upbeat tone that Dave Eggers might envy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101108895
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/04/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
450 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

John Elder Robison
"Before reading this book, I thought depression was like other mental illnesses -- it only touched a select few of us. Danny's story has shown me that depression is different. It's like an evil genie, lurking inside all of us, waiting to rise up and take over when we are least able to defend ourselves. Read this book, and I guarantee you that you'll see yourself in his story, because it could happen to any of us, especially in today's uncertain world. Highly recommended."--(John Elder Robison, New York Times bestselling author of LOOK ME IN THE EYE)
Jen Lancaster
"Danny Evans wrote the book that needed to be written. In RAGE AGAINST THE MESHUGENAH, Evans goes where most male memoirs don't, recounting the one-two punch of unemployment and depression with hard-won self-awareness. Even in the darkest days of his life, Evans sense of humor shines through and his story, while heartbreaking in parts, is ultimately uplifting and hopeful. In short? RAGE is raw, wry, and riveting."--(Jen Lancaster, New York Times bestselling author of BITTER IS THE NEW BLACK and BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG ASS)
A.J. Jacobs
"Danny Evans has written a moving, funny and relentlessly honest account of depression. His family must be kvelling."--( A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY and THE KNOW-IT-ALL)
Josh Kilmer-Purcell
"RAGE AGAINST THE MESHUGENAH is quite possibly a cure for depression all by itself. Danny Evans skillfully tackles the often-overlooked topic of male depression by sharing his own harrowing - but also hilarious - road towards treatment and recovery. A razor sharp, witty new voice with loads of heart."--(Josh Kilmer-Purcell, New York Times bestselling author of I AM NOT MYSELF THESE DAYS and CANDY EVERYBODY WANTS)
Robert Rummel-Hudson
"Danny Evans demonstrates unequivocally that funny people get depressed, and depressed people don't lose their sense of humor. His memoir is honest and unblinking in its portrayal of how depression colors a life, and yet it is as funny a book as you're likely to read. Wholly original, and a real pleasure to read."--(Robert Rummel-Hudson, author of SCHUYLER'S MONSTER)

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Meet the Author

Danny Evans is the founder of the popular blog DadGoneMad.com, which has won national recognition and has led to speaking engagements on Sirius Satellite Radio, among others. Danny has also been a contributing writer for Babble.com, Disney’s Family.com, and his work has appeared in Good Housekeeping, Details, Men’s Health, and elsewhere. He lives in Orange County, CA, with his wife Sharon and their two children. Rage Against the Meshugenah is his first book.

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