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

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5.6 X 8.3 X 1.3 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.


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"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
"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
"[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
"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, NewYork 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 Listento Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We're Saying Now
"Relatable to any outside-the-box parent."--BUST
"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, NewYork Times bestselling author of Funny in Farsi and LaughingWithout an Accent
"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
"Witty, heartbreaking, and enlightening, Hanchett's memoir will resonate with parents and nonparents alike."--Booklist
"An inspiring message about recovery that resonates through its emphasis on the imperfect progress of life."--Library Journal