Monday, February 17, 2020

More Tributes to "Prozac Nation" Author

I came across this tribute, published last Friday, on Twitter this morning. 

The article begins:

IF YOU WERE a depressed young woman in the 1990s, Elizabeth Wurtzel’s memoir Prozac Nation (1994) was required reading. I remember standing in a New Jersey Barnes & Noble, tenderly taking the book from the shelf, and turning it over in my hands. Who was this woman on the cover? She looked so cool, her gaze both empty and knowing. I wanted to be her. I wanted her to save me. ...

I may not have realized I was depressed until many years after the book came out, but I can definitely say that it helped me when I did read it, after beginning on Prozac myself. Everyone's realization of depression comes at different times, but reading a memoir on depression can benefit everyone somehow. 
I have since been seeking out both fiction and nonfiction books on mental health. Until recently, when I was looking through my stack of books at home, I did not know that I had ordered this book from Amazon:

definitely look forward to reading this one.

A final essay by Wurtzel was published on January 8, the day after she died, on Medium. I did not see this until now.

Also, Christina Ricci (above), who played Wurtzel in the film version of Prozac Nation, recently remembered the author. "I loved her honesty," Ricci told The Hollywood Reporter. Click here to see the story.

FYI, I have read Wurtzel's other books and have copies of each. I may now re-read More Now, Againher memoir of addiction to Ritalin. It may not has been the big seller Prozac Nation was, but there are some moments in More, Now, Again I would like to read again.


  1. It sounds as if she helped, and continues to help, a large number of people. I do hope she realised that.