In 2012 when Kate Carroll de Gutes found herself at a rest stop “ruined with anxiety. And when I say ruined, I mean in a car, in hundred-degree weather, with all the windows rolled up, sobbing and crouched in the passenger’s seat rocking and waiting for the Ativan to take effect. I posted on Facebook, ‘Hello, Redding. Dear gods yer hot.’ A funny post that let my family and friends know where I was, but not how I was.”
de Gutes didn’t yet understand how insidious social media had become—with pictures of risotto and bike rides, images of nights at the theater—all of it curated to show a wonderful life, regardless of what was really occurring. But when her editor, her best friend, and her mother all died within ten months of each other, de Gutes could no longer keep up the charade.
The result was The Authenticity Experiment: Lessons From the Best & Worst Year of My Life, a book about which Karen Karbo says, “How on earth has she composed a book about dying and grieving that radiates with so much joy, life, and humor?”
So come on, laugh, cry, and win some free swag while also being entertained and feeling a little less lonely in the world. You know you want to.