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A memoir that shares personal stories; dealing with healing and mental health
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2022
This is the second memoir from Ginger Zee, chief meteorologist at ABC. The book has 18 main chapters, and a total of 213 pages, not including the Acknowledgments section.
In the Introduction Zee begins to describe some of her reasons for writing this memoir, explaining that this book is focused on the process of healing. Zee points out that we often focus on physical health, but not enough on mental health. She also shares a few very personal details about her life that she hadn't previously revealed; including how a “postpartum hormonal nosedive” after an abortion contributed to her suicide attempt. She stresses that she doesn't want to get into any political arguments, but she hopes that her story will provide information that might help prevent others from having to experience what she did.
In the first chapter Zee recalls a wine tasting event at work, that quickly deteriorated into a drunken disaster, and ended with her boyfriend rescuing her from nearly drowning in the shower. The second chapter titled “It Really Doesn't Matter and Nobody Cares” provides a nice reminder that we often over-worry about things that are not as big of a deal to other people after all.
Over the next few chapters Zee describes several key events in her life. She recalls her parents' divorce and how it affected her childhood, her relationship with her father's new girlfriend, her early battles with anorexia, and her first kiss. Subsequent chapters discuss her college days, her promiscuity as a search for attention, and her “likely rape” experience that she struggled to remember after possibly being drugged.
Throughout the rest of the book Zee describes many other important experiences and revelations. From trying peyote, to finding out she was pregnant (and that her narcolepsy medication had made her birth control ineffective), to having and abortion and then attempting suicide. She recalls her emotional response to some of the natural disasters she covered, and how storm-chasing affected her marriage. She describes some of her battles with depression, and the lasting effects of an abusive relationship. She closes the book on a more positive note, describing some of the things she has learned in therapy, and how important it is to realize that you are not alone, and there are resources that can help.
Overall, I found this book to be revealing and inspirational. Zee shares deeply personal stories here, in the hopes that other people with similar experiences can realize that they are not alone, and also so that people can learn from her mistakes and discoveries. Her message of healing and focusing on mental health is especially important now, and I appreciate her willingness to share these stories. It can be a powerful thing to let others know that even celebrities, or people that seem to have a great life, still sometimes battle the same feelings of depression and anxiety that everyone else does.