Comedian and New York Times bestselling author Chelsea Handler, 43, has written her first book in five years — and it’s her first memoir, titled Life Will Be the Death of Me.
The book, which comes out April 9, chronicles Handler’s decision to embark on a “Year of self-sufficiency” following the election of Donald Trump as president — from mundane daily tasks like working the remote and cleaning up after her beloved dogs to entering therapy to confront loss from her childhood.
With Handler’s typical brash, self-deprecating humor, the book includes moments with a shaman, edibles, well-placed security cameras, ugly-crying in front of her therapist and her rescue dogs. Through it all, Handler comes to the conclusion that what matters most are her loved ones and engaging the world as an activist with an open mind.
When her Netflix talk show ended in 2017, Handler posted on social media that she wanted to be more engaged and active in the country’s future. “My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way,” she tweeted.
“I want to travel the country and visit areas and people I don’t know enough about, speak at colleges and listen to students, and gain a better understanding of our political divide.”
The comedian plans to go on a 17-city nationwide comedy tour in support of the book, which will kick off on April 11 in Boston. Other stops include Austin, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles before wrapping on June 1 in San Francisco.
Tickets for the tour will be available Friday on the comedian’s website, ChelseaHandler.com and each will include a copy of the book.