Impossible People: A Completely Average Recovery Story (Hardcover)

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In her keenly observed graphic memoir, Impossible People, celebrated cartoonist Julia Wertz chronicles her haphazard attempts at sobriety and the relentlessly challenging, surprisingly funny, and occasionally absurd cycle of addiction and recovery.

Opening at the culmination of a disastrous trip to Puerto Rico, the first page of Impossible People finds Julia standing stupefied in the middle of the jungle beside a rental Jeep she's just crashed. From this moment, the story flashes back to the beginning of her five-year journey towards sobriety that includes group therapy sessions, relapses, an ill-fated relationship, terrible dates, and an unceremonious eviction from her New York City apartment. Far from the typical addiction narrative that follows an upward trajectory from rock bottom to rehab to recovery, Impossible People portrays the lesser told but more common story: That the road to recover is not always linear. With unflinching honesty, Wertz details the arduous, frustrating, and hilarious story of trying and failing and trying again.

About the Author

Julia Wertz is a professional cartoonist, amateur historian, and part-time urban explorer. Her books include The Fart Party, Museum of Mistakes, Drinking at the Movies, The Infinite Wait and Other Stories, and Tenements, Towers, & Trash: An Unconventional, Illustrated History of New York City. She does monthly comics and doodles for the New Yorker and the New York Times. After leaving New York City, she settled down in Northern California with Oliver (yes, that Oliver) and their son, Felix.

Praise For…

“[Julia Wertz] wrestles with sobriety in this forthright, wickedly funny graphic memoir...[Her] punch lines are as perfectly timed and indelicate as ever, and she’s augmented her trademark candor with probing insight… Unvarnished yet buoyant, this recovery memoir presents Wertz at her wry best and is sure to recruit new fans to her scrappy, irreverent diaries of the absurd.”
 —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"No one but Julia Wertz could make such a devastating story of addiction and recovery so damn funny and charming. This book makes me miss New York desperately, and miss drinking and singledom not at all. Best of all, it made me laugh out loud! Read it."
 —Adam Conover, comedian and creator of Adam Ruins Everything

"Julia Wertz makes the personal effortlessly universal, sneaking past our usual defenses with grace, charm, and/or a fart joke. Impossible People is a funny, sad, hopeful, messy, charming—and true—story, and I loved every part of it...It's a new height for an already towering cartoonist."
 —Ryan North, author of How to Take Over the World and the graphic novel adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five.

"Impossible People hurts and is hilarious at the same time. This book is like a visit with an old good friend—you spend the whole night laughing and crying and when you leave, you think, 'Wow, I needed that!'"—Eleanor Davis, author of The Hard Tomorrow

Product Details
ISBN: 9780762468256
ISBN-10: 0762468254
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
Publication Date: May 9th, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English