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

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In her memoir, Kim chronicles the difficulties that she faced growing up – after all, it wasn’t easy being friends with the girl whose babysitter drowned (why couldn’t she be so lucky?) or having to start her theatre career at the entry level (don’t they know what she’s capable of?). Join her as she takes a trip down memory lane in an attempt to find something cheerful in her life. and laugh as she realizes that, despite any and all efforts, not everyone is meant to be happy.

“Korson’s preoccupations—checking crime blotters for neighborhood stats, being certain that her first child would come out crazy, avoiding chitchat at parties—may keep her firmly in her cranky cave but will strike a funny bone in readers.”

 Publishers Weekly

About KIM KORSON

Kim Korson’s writing has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine and Moomah the Magazine. She is originally from Montreal, Canada, has lived in Brooklyn, NY and now lives in Southern Vermont with her husband and two kids. She doesn’t get out much but finds time to write often, hence the birth of her fantastic collection of personal essays, I Don’t Have a Happy Place: Cheerful Stories of Despondency and Gloom (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuester; original trade paperback; $16.00), to be published on April 4, 2015.

About I DON’T HAVE A HAPPY PLACE

When a trip to the therapist ends with the question “Can’t Kim be happy?” Kim Korson responds the way any normal person would – she makes fun of it. Because really, does everyone have to be happy?

Aside from her father wearing makeup and her mother not feeling well (a lot), Kim Korson’s 1970s suburban upbringing was typical. Sometimes she wished her brother were an arsonist just so she’d have a valid excuse to be unhappy. And, when life moves along pretty decently – she breaks into show business, gets engaged in the secluded jungles of Mexico, and moves her family from Brooklyn to dreamy rural Vermont – the real despondency sets in. Its a skill to find something wrong in just about every situation, but Kim has an exquisite talent for negativity. It is only after half a lifetime of finding kernels of unhappiness where others find joy that she begins to wonder if she is even capable of experiencing happiness.

In I Don’t Have a Happy Place, Kim Korson untangles what it means to be a true malcontent. Rife with evocative and nostalgic observations, unapologetic racism, and razor-sharp wit, I Don’t Have a Happy Place is told in humorous, autobiographical stories. This fresh-yet-dark voice is sure to make you laugh, nod your head in recognition, and ultimately understand what it truly means to be unhappy. Always.

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My Review –

With I Don’t Have a Happy Place, author Kim Korson delivers a fresh and honest account of her life with interesting stories on her ever-present malcontentness. She’s funny and sad at the same time. The stories do leave you wondering if the author will ever find her “happy place” in life.

The author is very forthcoming with her negativeness and glass half full antidotes and her stories take on lives of their own. Did the babysitter really drown right in front of them? Did she really just do that?

I Don’t Have a Happy Place is well written; interesting with a bit of humor in the middle of sadness and malcontent. It is truly different from any other memoir that I have read. “Cheerful stories of despondency and gloom” aptly describe the book. I am giving the book five stars and recommending it. I am a fan of memoirs and this one was good.

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