We are so excited to host local author Courtney Cook for the launch of her illustrated memoir The Way She Feels. She'll be in conversation with fellow author Piper Weiss! This is a free event but registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot.
About the Book: What does it feel like to fall in love too hard and too fast, to hate yourself in equal and opposite measure? To live in such fear of rejection that you drive friends and lovers away? Welcome to my world. I'm Courtney, and I have borderline personality disorder (BPD), along with over four million other people in the United States. Though I've shown every classic symptom of the disorder since childhood, I wasn't properly diagnosed until nearly a decade later, because the prevailing theory is that most people simply "grow out of it." Not me.
In my illustrated memoir The Way She Feels: My Life on the Borderline in Pictures and Pieces, I share what it's been like to live and love with this disorder. Not just the hospitalizations, treatments, and residential therapy, but the moments I found comfort in cereal, the color pink, or mini corn dogs; the days I couldn't style my hair because I thought the blow-dryer was going to hurt me; the peace I found when someone I love held me. This is a book about vulnerability, honesty, acceptance, and how to speak openly--not only with doctors, co-patients, friends, family, or partners, but also with ourselves.
"Audaciously human and raw. The Way She Feels is a rainbow during the rain."--Mara Altman, author of Gross Anatomy
"Candid and endearing. . . . In addition to a moving personal story, Cook provides a funny, heartfelt guide to borderline personality disorder and a distillation of adolescent tortures many readers will recognize. A poignant debut from a promising writer and illustrator." -- Kirkus, in a Starred Review
About the Author: Courtney Cook is an illustrator, teacher, and lover of naps. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of California, Riverside. Courtney grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, and now resides in Chicago with her cat, Bertie.
About the Interviewer: Piper Weiss is the author of the memoir You All Grow Up and Leave Me (Morrow/HarperCollins, 2018). Named one of the best books of the year by Marie-Claire, Elle, Bloomberg and the Los Angeles Times, and listed among the top true crime reads by Buzzfeed, CrimeReads and Vulture, the book interweaves reporting with creative nonfiction to explore the psychological horror of '90s-era female adolescence. She is currently working on a screenplay adaptation for a production company and co-creating a "hybrid" docuseries for a streaming network.
Named a Debut Book to Look Forward to This Summer by Bustle
“Audaciously human and raw. The Way She Feels is a rainbow during the rain.” —Mara Altman