"Easy Crafts for the Insane" by Kelly Williams Brown
From the New York Times bestselling author of "Adulting" comes a story about how to make something when you’re capable of nothing.
Kelly Williams Brown had 700 Bad Days. Her marriage collapsed, she broke three limbs in separate, unrelated incidents, her father was diagnosed with cancer, and she fell into a deep depression that ended in what could delicately be referred to as a “rest cure” at an inpatient facility.
Before that, she had several very good years: she wrote a bestselling book, spoke at NASA, had a beautiful wedding, and inspired hundreds of thousands of readers to live as grown-ups in an often-screwed-up world.
One of the few things that kept her moving forward was crafting. Not Martha Stewart–perfect crafting, either. What could be called “simple,” “accessible” or “rustic” creations were the joy and accomplishments she found in her worst days. To craft is to set things right in the littlest of ways; no matter how disconnected you feel, you can still fold a tiny paper star, and that’s not nothing.
In "Easy Crafts for the Insane," crafting tutorials serve as the backdrop of a life dissolved, then glued back together. A poignant and hysterical look at the unexpected coping mechanisms we use to find ourselves. Paperback, 286 pages