Life Will Be the Death of Me

Life Will Be the Death of Me Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER • The funny, sad, super-honest, all-true story of Chelsea Handler’s year of self-discovery—featuring a nerdily brilliant psychiatrist, a shaman, four Chow Chows, some well-placed security cameras, various family members (living and departed), friends, assistants, and a lot of edibles

A SKIMM READS PICK • “This will be one of your favorite books of all time.”—Amy Schumer

In a haze of vape smoke on a rare windy night in L.A. 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—a bubble within a bubble—and that it’s time to make some changes, both in her personal life and in the world at large.

At home, she embarks on a year of self-sufficiency—learning how to work the remote, how to pick up dog shit, where to find the toaster. She meets her match in an earnest, brainy psychiatrist and enters into therapy, prepared to do the heavy lifting required to look within and make sense of a childhood marked by love and loss and to figure out why people are afraid of her. She becomes politically active—finding her voice as an advocate for change, having difficult conversations, and energizing her base. In the process, she develops a healthy fixation on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and, through unflinching self-reflection and psychological excavation, unearths some glittering truths that light up the road ahead. 

Thrillingly honest, insightful, and deeply, darkly funny, Chelsea Handler’s memoir keeps readers laughing, even as it inspires us to look within and ask ourselves what really matters in our own lives.

Praise forLife Will Be the Death of Me

“You thought you knew Chelsea Handler—and she thought she knew herself—but in her new book, she discovers that true progress lies in the direction we haven’t been.”—Gloria Steinem 

“I always wondered what it would be like to watch Chelsea Handler in session with her therapist. Now I know.”—Ellen DeGeneres

“I love this book not just because it made me laugh or because I learned that I feel the same way about certain people in politics as Chelsea does. I love this book because I feel like I finally really got to know Chelsea Handler after all these years. Thank you for sharing, Chelsea!”—Tiffany Haddish

Book Reviews


Another excellent book5 star

Picked this up expecting to like it and ended up loving it.55


Life will be the death of me5 star

Every book I read of hers I think it’s my favorite until I read the next. I never wanted this book to end, I feel like I actually grew as a person reading that book, I laughed, I cried, laughed some more. It was everything my soul needed55


Very moving, different from her other books but in a nice way5 star

Chelsea really opened up in this book. I was expecting it to laugh through the entire book; instead I found another way in which I connect with her. She always seems so in touch with her feelings/opinions, and in this book she admitted that she was not, and got professional help (which she had always been against). I loved her sincerity.55


Just plain amazing!5 star

No words.... this book was everything I wanted to read for a while. I laughed, cried, felt humbled, an awake of consciousness and empowerment. Thank you Chelsea!55


Her best yet5 star

The only thing better than a really funny Chelsea Handler read is a really funny Chelsea Handler read that makes you see things a little differently about yourself and the world around you by the time you’ve gotten to the last page. I have a feeling this book will speak to many people in a different voice than all her others. Love love loves it.55


My Review:5 star

I have read all of Chelsea Handler’s Books, and this by far was the best! All books, I have read in the past made me laugh! I enjoyed reading and learning about her life, and grew to love her! I began watching her show Chelsea Lately, and she always gave me some great laughs! However, with this book I laughed and cried and learned about myself throughout the entire book. I truly enjoyed this, and I want to thank Chelsea Handler for putting her story out there for the world to read! Absolutely wonderful!55


So great5 star

Hilarious, sad, thought provoking. So much more than I expected from her, as I just didn’t know a lot about her. Such a fan now.55


All of the yes’s5 star

Chelsea can do no wrong in my book. This book made me laugh, cry, and have to google words I didn’t know, but most importantly it made me think. It made me think about how I treat myself and others and how I can work on creating positivity in every aspect of my life one less sarcastic comment at a time. Thank you, Chelsea.55


Outstanding5 star

Outstanding read! Her journey is outlined with heart and soul. Loved the book. The Trumpdards on here writing bad reviews because their feelings are hurt...... byeeeeee.55


Brava5 star

This is a must read! Chelsea, I’m so proud of this work of yours. I’m so happy you finally let your guard down.55

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