July Book of the Month: Rage Against the Meshugenah by Danny Evans

Former Los Angeles ad exec Evans takes a humorous approach to a serious subject as he addresses the depression that descended on him over various periods of his life, leaving him dangerously immobilized. A recent bout of depression precipitated a more aggressive approach to his mental illness: a few days before 9/11, Evans was suddenly laid off from his fancy job at an ad agency and offered two weeks' severance; soon he became anxious about how to support his wife and children in their new house in suburban Southern California. Watching the news about the World Trade Center attack only compounded his sense of helplessness and grief, and he clearly recognized that he had hit rock bottom. His account—by turns grossly humorous, extremely self-critical and brutally honest—depicts months of indulging in porn, beer and denial before forcing himself to seek professional help and mend the precious relationships in his life such as with his wife and two young children. Therapy prompted him to ponder his own childhood growing up a good Jewish boy in Simi Valley, Calif., and the issues of anger and agency he wrestled with. Evans addresses feelings of fear and confusion that men are often not allowed to express, and readers may find his wisecracking memoir most useful.

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  • Karlie E.

    didn't like the book but I like the group.

    1 · August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I won't get to meet you all this month - feeling a bit under the weather

    August 4, 2013

  • Chad

    Well folks, I have family in this weekend and have competing plans so I won't be able to make this time. Have fun in my absence.

    August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey, I'm new. What do we do at the book meetings?

    July 30, 2013

  • Margaret

    Getting through this book, As it turns out my schedule changes next month

    July 30, 2013

  • Susanna

    Got a taker. See you this afternoon Sandy.

    July 29, 2013

  • Susanna

    I have finished reading my copy if someone still needs to borrow a copy. Email me directly at [masked]

    July 29, 2013

  • Chad

    Note, wrong day, rescheduled for 8/4

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    first time attending

    July 10, 2013

  • Margaret

    Looking forward to the next read. I'll be in training mode @work so I can make the meeting.Cheers

    July 9, 2013

  • Zora G.

    I like how we planned out a few months in advance this time...a really varied list of books!

    July 8, 2013

  • Zora G.

    I like how we planned out a few months in advance this time...a really varied list of books!

    July 8, 2013

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