Synopsis from Hachette Book Group:
This “fight or flight” manual for life (the fake one you live on the internet and the one you actually live) will help you power through your worst days so you can enjoy the good ones.
“I’m not here asking you to fix yourself. There’s nothing wrong with you, okay? I know that how my day goes depends on whether I wake up full of hope or despair. It’s not about what’s happening, it’s about my relationship to what’s happening, you know?” –Grace Miceli, from How to Deal
Dealing with ourselves requires . . . a lot. On the good days, it takes patience and humor; on the bad, it can devolve into online shopping sprees, over-analyzing the punctuation from every text message you receive or baking 4 dozen cookies—for ourselves.
In this relatable and hilarious collection of comic strips, modern day motivational posters, and illustrated lists and diary entries, illustrator Grace Miceli explores how our comfort zones may be a trap, how to stay when you want to run away, and where to find light when everything feels dark—beyond the glow of your phone.
This sharply observed book is a “fight or flight” manual for life (the fake one you live on the internet and the one you actually live), a weird but honest road map from a friend who wants to make it just that much easier for you to navigate your own journey.
About: How to Deal: With Fear, Failure, and Other Daily Dreads is a graphic novel self-help written and illustrated by Grace Miceli. It was recently published on 5/4/2021 by Voracious Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, hardcover, 208 pages. The genres are self-help, mind body spirit, and nonfiction. This book is the author’s debut. According to the publisher’s website, “We are Voracious: a new imprint at Little, Brown led by Editorial Director Michael Szczerban, launching our first list in Fall 2019. Our publishing interests are wide-ranging, but our books are driven by twin forces: appetite and curiosity. To us, books are a matter of passion. Our mission is to connect readers with what they love most—from politics and Instant Pots to irreverent advice and pop culture. Most of our books are illustrated, and all of them are designed to make readers pick them up and immediately engage with them. Our authors are artists, entrepreneurs, cooks, photographers, tastemakers, thought leaders, scientists, storytellers, historians, humorists—and more.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading How to Deal on 6/14/2021 and finished it on 6/25/2021. An excellent book of advices and interesting sayings. I liked the bug spray can that says, “please don’t give me advice unless I ask for it” and so many others. Advices sneaked into grocery lists and to-do lists were cool. Advices in diary entries and food brands/household products were creative. Being a dog doesn’t sound so bad or a desk plant or a phone or a stamp as mentioned in this book. Fabulous ideas! Loved the different ways the author present advices to readers. Such a fun self-help book because we all know self-help books can often be a bored to read. The illustrations were definitely random because I tried to connect to the words but they don’t relate. It’s fun to see different illustrations anyway.
This book started with an introduction from the author. She wrote this book from her own experiences with mental health. Many illustrations were created during lockdown. Chapter one was How to Not Make it Personal where the author informed readers that we should learn to respond to other people’s opinions instead of taking it personally. In the next few pages that followed will be random illustrations and short sentences of things that bothers you and advices on how to deal inserted in a to-do list/grocery list or a label on a bottle of bug spray. Then chapter two discussed about staying present and paying attention to whatever you are doing but often we do things while thinking of something else. Followed this chapter will be random illustrations, advices given in fun ways like on the label of a bottle of shampoo or a dear diary entry. Chapter three reminded us to be nice to ourselves because most often we are the first to criticize ourselves.
How to Deal: With Fear, Failure, and Other Daily Dreads was well written and creatively organized. Such a neatly packaged book of advices and things we do just because we are human. The errors of what we do that’s not good for us seems to be like something many of us do, such as self-criticism, self-doubt, unwillingness to share our feelings or not being present with yourself/friends. Therefore, this book can be helpful for everyone, if not from chapter one then maybe via chapter two or three or four or five. I liked how colorful this book was and the variety of how info were presented. It kept my attention and I read every word. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: self-help, advices, illustrations, mental health, feelings, fun
About the Author and Illustrator:
Grace Miceli (aka @artbabygirl) is one of the “9 Funniest Cartoonists and Illustrators on Instagram” (Vulture). Her artwork has been featured in more than fifty galleries and museums worldwide; she has created work for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Apple TV, Urban Outfitters and Nike, and has been covered by Vogue, i-D, Dazed, CNN, and more. Grace lives in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo obtained from the author’s Instagram page and info obtained from Hachette’s website, book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Little, Brown and Company for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.