This April, #1 New York Times bestselling author Chelsea Handler is back with her first book in five years and her first memoir: Life Will Be the Death of Me. It is next-level Chelsea Handler: disarmingly honest and riotously funny, but also emotionally true and…truly inspiring.
In support of the book, Handler will embark on a 16-city nationwide tour titled Life Will Be the Death of Me: Chelsea Handler’s Sit-Down Comedy Tour. Produced by Live Nation, the event will feature Chelsea in conversation, discussing stories from the new book and more.
In a haze of vape smoke on a rare windy night in LA in the fall of 2016, Chelsea Handler daydreams about what life will be like with a woman in the White House. And then, Donald Trump happens. In a torpor of despair, she decides that she’s had enough of the privileged bubble she’s lived in and that it’s time to make some changes, both in her personal life and the world at large. Where have I been all my life? Is the question that guides her as she embarks on a “Year of Self-Sufficiency.” She learns how to work the remote, pick up dog shit, find the toaster. She goes into therapy with an intellectually simpatico psychiatrist who makes her go deep and confront a childhood marked by love and loss. In the process, she discovers what matters most: family, friends, engaging with the world, and opening to love.
The brash candor and self-deprecating humor that fueled Chelsea’s previous bestselling essays collections and wildly successful TV shows is here in spades: there’s a shaman, some well-placed security cameras, an array of edibles, friends, assistants, siblings, and an overweight, emotionally withholding Chow Chow. (Chelsea knows in five years it will be politically incorrect to body shame dogs, so she’s doing it now.) But Life Will Be the Death of Me also gives us a side of her we haven’t seen before: ugly-crying in front of her therapist (after he offers her an orange), finding her mojo as an activist, digging deep into the pain of her childhood, and finding a new way to use her voice.