An irreverent guide to rebounding after loss, grief, and all the other cruel crises life throws our way
Sometimes your foundation crumbles. Sometimes you realize there wasn't a foundation to begin with.
Maybe your relationship ended in a breakup or divorce, or you lost your job, or a loved one died. Whatever crisis showed up to screw with you, it brought everything else crashing down, and suddenly life became confusing, disorienting, out of control.
A total shitshow.
You. Need. Help.
Therein lies the problem: Traditional self-help guides just aren't for you. You're an individualist, an iconoclast, a follow-your-own-drumbeat kind of person. The typical sunshine-and-rainbows, "live your best life!" books in the "personal growth" aisle aren't going to speak to your worldview–you need an embrace-your-weirdness vision for growth and rebuilding.
Enter Ariel Meadow Stallings, who has experienced a few life catastrophes of her own and emerged from them with newfound clarity and strength. In From Shitshow to Afterglow, she offers a lifeline of support and outside-the-box thinking for times of crisis and confusion, sharing plenty of tactical tips for getting your shit together.
Along the way, Ariel never lets readers forget that sometimes a life has to be taken apart before it can be put back together better than ever.
Without sugar-coating how deeply it sucks to have your world shattered, From Shitshow to Afterglow gives readers a reassuring plan to for putting the pieces back together and emerging stronger than ever.
What other authors are saying...
Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author of Calm the F*ck Down
Look: I’m not saying anything bad will happen to you, but if it does, From Sh!tshow to Afterglow is the only book you’ll want to see on the bedside table.
Ariel Meadow Stallings is no-bullshit—and all kinds of funny, frank, and smart. I’m glad this book exists to help readers pick up the pieces.
Kristen J. Sollée, author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists
Ariel's compassionate insights, wicked sense of humor, and sharp, self-deprecating writing make this book a balm to soothe even the most raging of shitshows. Deftly addressing the mental, physical, and metaphysical impacts of trauma and heartbreak, this book is a raw, honest, and accessible tool for healing in these wildly uncertain times.
Buster Benson, author of Why Are We Yelling: The Art of Productive Disagreement
This is the perfect book for anyone who's been metaphorically thrown from the horse of life. With intense honesty and wit, Ariel Meadow Stallings guides us through the darkest shadows of her (and our own) fears while sprinkling in just the right amount of scientific research and practical tips in every chapter.
Read an excerpt from the intro of From Shitshow To Afterglow...
It’s a good setup for a bad joke—did you hear the one about the divorced wedding expert? Did you hear the one about that offbeat lady who wrote a book about her offbeat wedding and then spent a decade supporting other people planning their offbeat weddings, who believed in nothing more than offbeat love, who then had her offbeat marriage abruptly end in the most on-beat way possible?
So yeah, hi. I’m Ariel, and I’m the butt of that joke. I’m also the ventricles and bile and tear ducts and open palms and broken eyelid capillaries of that joke.
That joke was part of my crisis, but just one part...
Available in bookstores and online July 2020
Published by Seal Press and distributed by Hachette Book Group, From Shitshow To Afterglow will be available online and at bookstores worldwide on July 21, 2020.PREORDER NOW