I'm Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering

Janelle Hanchett (Author)


"A refreshingly raw, contrasting perspective on the foolproof idea of motherhood."--POPSUGAR
"By turns painful and funny... A searingly candid memoir."--Kirkus
"Far from your cookie-cutter story of addiction... [I'm Just Happy to Be Here] describes Hanchett's journey to recovery and sobriety in imperfect and unconventional ways."--Bustle
In this unflinching and wickedly funny memoir, Janelle Hanchett tells the story of finding her way home. And then, actually staying there. Drawing us into the wild, heartbreaking mind of the addict, Hanchett carries us from motherhood at 21 with a man she'd known three months to cubicles and whiskey-laden domesticity, from judging meth addicts in rehab to therapists who "seem to pull diagnoses out of large, expensive hats." With warmth, wit, and searing B.S. detectors turned mostly toward herself, Hanchett invites us to laugh when we probably shouldn't and to rejoice at the unconventional redemption she finds in desperation and in a misfit mentor who forces her to see the truth of herself.
A story of ego and forced humility, of fierce honesty and jagged love, of the kind of failure that forces us to re-create our lives, Hanchett writes with rare candor, scorching the "sanctity of motherhood," and leaving beauty in the ashes.

Product Details

Hachette Books
Publish Date
May 01, 2018
5.6 X 1.3 X 8.3 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Janelle Hanchett created the website "Renegade Mothering" in 2011 because she needed to know if the rest of the mothering world was crazy or she was. Writing after her kids went to bed and while she was supposed to be working, Janelle attracted an audience of hundreds of thousands of readers. She holds a BA in English from University of California at Davis and an MA in English literature from Sacramento State. She lives in northern California with her four children and husband, Mac, who thinks "getting dressed up" means shaving his forearm tattoo.


"Hanchett offers a startling account of her struggles with alcohol and drug addiction in this raw and riveting memoir.... Readers will cheer Hanchett toward her triumphant recovery."--Publishers Weekly
"Relatable to any outside-the-box parent."--BUST
Amazon, "Best Books of the Year So Far (2018)"
Bustle, "14 Debut Books By Women Coming Out In 2018 That You Need In Your TBR Pile"
Brit + Co, "3 Inspiring Books About How to Cope with Life's Challenges"
TheFix.com, "8 Essential Books on Addiction and Recovery"

"An inspiring message about recovery that resonates through its emphasis on the imperfect progress of life."--Library Journal
"By turns painful and funny, [I'm Just Happy to Be Here] explores the pressures of modern motherhood while chronicling one woman's journey toward acceptance of her own limitations and imperfections. A searingly candid memoir."--Kirkus Reviews
"Janelle Hanchett presents motherhood as we seldom see it: with irreverent humor, brazen honesty, deep love and loss. Her story is about finding peace right in the mess of motherhood, and that's what makes it wonderful."--Jill Smokler, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy
"Fiercely talented word-warrior Janelle Hanchett grabs your guts with her frank, brutally funny, and moving memoir of modern motherhood and addiction. You won't want to let go of this book."--Ann Imig, editor of Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We're Saying Now
"Whilst we are all fighting some sort of inner battle, few of us have the honesty, humor, and heart to describe our struggle like Janelle Hanchett. Her memoir, I'm Just Happy to Be Here, is not just for those touched by addiction, but for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, which is everyone. I could not put this book down."--Firoozeh Dumas, New York Times bestselling author of Funny in Farsi and Laughing Without an Accent
"Far from your cookie-cutter story of addiction and recovery, I'm Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering describes Hanchett's journey to recovery and sobriety in imperfect and unconventional ways."--Bustle
"Witty, heartbreaking, and enlightening, Hanchett's memoir will resonate with parents and nonparents alike."--Booklist
"[Hanchett's] memoir is a refreshingly raw, contrasting perspective on the foolproof idea of motherhood. She proves that the right support system can pull you out of even the darkest places."--POPSUGAR
"Janelle Hanchett...counters the popular idea that children are the solution to all of life's problems and that motherhood is picture-perfect all the time.... Candid [and] self-deprecating."--Brit + Co