I Don't Have a Happy Place: Cheerful Stories of Despondency and Gloom by Kim Korson

Release Date - April 14, 2015

Kim Korson
Gallery Books

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

I have to say this, Kim Korson's I Don't Have a Happy Place certainly caught my attention. From the praise from big names like Jon Stewart, it was hard not to notice it. Then, I started reading. Watching someone drown in front of you, wow, just wow. That opening chapter had me wondering what on earth I was getting myself into. That said, not every chapter is sad, many had me laughing, some horrified me - visitor to the school playground is a good example - and some had me feeling incredibly nostalgic.

The author actually grew up about two hours north of where I grew up. Her memories of so many things struck a chord with me. Weebles, who wobble but they don't fall down; Baby Alive, a doll that pooed; a Barbie Dreamhouse, something I had and wish I'd kept it given the value of it today; and then many TV shows like Solid Gold, Charlie's Angels, and Mike Douglas. It was those chapters that I found myself most intrigued with, as it as seriously a trip down memory lane.

As the author ages, you see her struggles with depression. I also understand that aspect. I struggled with anxiety and even mild depression for years after my daughter was born. I found myself thinking that this author and I have so much in common, it's almost like she's the twin I never knew I had. From cover to cover, I ended up really liking the stories within I Don't Have a Happy Place and thinking at the end - I know what you mean.


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