Tragedy Plus Time

Tragedy Plus Time

A Tragi-comic Memoir

Book - 2018
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"Meet the Magnificent Cayton-Hollands, a trio of brilliant, acerbic teenagers from Denver, Colorado, who were going to change the world. Anna, Adam, and Lydia were taught by their father, a civil rights lawyer, and mother, an investigative journalist, to recognize injustice and have their hearts open to the universe--the good, the bad, the heartbreaking (and, inadvertently, the anxiety-inducing and the obsessive-compulsive disorder-fueling). Adam chose to meet life's tough breaks and cruel realities with stand-up comedy; his older sister, Anna, chose law; while their youngest sister, Lydia, struggled to find her place in the world. Beautiful and whip-smart, Lydia was witty, extremely sensitive, fiercely stubborn, and always somewhat haunted. She and Adam bonded over comedy from a young age, running skits in their basement and obsessing over episodes of The Simpsons. When Adam sank into a deep depression in college, it was Lydia who was able to reach him and pull him out. But years later as Adam's career takes off, Lydia's own depression overtakes her, and, though he tries, Adam can't return the favor. When she takes her own life, the family is devastated, and Adam throws himself into his stand-up, drinking, and rage. He struggles with disturbing memories of Lydia's death and turns to EMDR therapy to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder when he realizes there's a difference between losing and losing it. Adam Cayton-Holland is a tremendously talented writer and comedian, uniquely poised to take readers to the edges of comedy and tragedy, brilliance and madness. Tragedy Plus Time is a revelatory, darkly funny, and poignant tribute to a lost sibling that will have you reaching for the phone to call your brother or sister by the last page."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2018.
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501170164
Characteristics: xi, 236 pages ; 22 cm


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ArapahoeSarahD Mar 18, 2019

This Colorado based comedian is here to provide the world with laughs and an important message about mental health. Some may consider his life tragic while he, sees the comedy in it all.

Mar 06, 2019

One of the best books about suicide I have read. Adam's story clearly shows the paradox of life, losing a beloved sister due to steadily declining mental health, while reaping the benefits of his amazing talents in his rise to success. I loved the pride he demonstrated towards his family.

ArapahoeAmanda Aug 23, 2018

Simply fearless. Adam Cayton-Holland dives deep into one of the worst moments of his life. He celebrates the life of his little sister in vivid detail as he shares childhood memories, inner struggles in college and love of comedy and rise to national prominence. All the while, his sister is there to share the highs and lows of life. From the prologue to the epilogue, it is haunting, hilarious and touching. Adam shares a brutally-honest life side that is relatable on so many levels for so many people that you won't put the book down until you are finished.


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