I'm Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering

I'm Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering

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

I'm Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering

by Janelle Hanchett


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"A refreshingly raw, contrasting perspective on the foolproof idea of motherhood." — POPSUGAR

"By turns painful and funny... A searingly candid memoir." — Kirkus

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

In this unflinching and wickedly funny memoir, Janelle Hanchett tells the story of finding her way home. And then, actually staying there. Drawing us into the wild, heartbreaking mind of the addict, Hanchett carries us from motherhood at 21 with a man she'd known three months to cubicles and whiskey-laden domesticity, from judging meth addicts in rehab to therapists who "seem to pull diagnoses out of large, expensive hats." With warmth, wit, and searing B.S. detectors turned mostly toward herself, Hanchett invites us to laugh when we probably shouldn't and to rejoice at the unconventional redemption she finds in desperation and in a misfit mentor who forces her to see the truth of herself.

A story of ego and forced humility, of fierce honesty and jagged love, of the kind of failure that forces us to re-create our lives, Hanchett writes with rare candor, scorching the "sanctity of motherhood," and leaving beauty in the ashes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316549417
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 655,842
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Janelle Hanchett created the website "Renegade Mothering" in 2011 because she needed to know if the rest of the mothering world was crazy or she was. Writing after her kids went to bed and while she was supposed to be working, Janelle attracted an audience of hundreds of thousands of readers. She holds a BA in English from University of California at Davis and an MA in English literature from Sacramento State. She lives in northern California with her four children and husband, Mac, who thinks "getting dressed up" means shaving his forearm tattoo.

Table of Contents

Part 1

1 Family Planning on Ecstasy 3

2 Stop Drinking When Your Lips Go Numb 24

3 Sylvia Plath Put Her Head in the Oven over This Shit 42

4 Playing House in the Suburbs with Captain Morgan 61

5 Three a.m. Ideas 78

6 Rocketship Rock-On 93

Part 2

7 Failure That Isn't Funny 111

8 Nothing Left to Hide Now 125

9 Who's the Sickest in the Room? 139

10 Maintenance Whiskey 159

11 I Found God in a Leaf Blower, and I Fucking Hate Leaf Blowers 186

Part 3

12 There Are Three Types of Mothers in the World-I Am None of Them 197

13 Failure That Isn't Funny: Sober Edition 216

14 The Childhood I Could No Longer Blame 233

15 What the Hell Is "Soul Work"? 259

16 In the Blood of Our Mothers 274

17 If I Knew the Way 291

Acknowledgments 309

Interview with Janelle Hanchett by Janelle Hanchett 311

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