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When Ayelet Waldman’s depression has become intolerable, severe and unmanageable, she turns to a new remedy: psychedelic drugs.
In doing so she becomes part of a burgeoning underground group of scientists and everyday people successfully using therapeutic micro doses of LSD. As Waldman charts her experience over the course of a month, during which she achieved a newfound feeling of serenity, she also explores the history and mythology of LSD, the cutting-edge research into the drug, and the byzantine policies that control it.
Drawing on her experience as a federal public defender, and as the mother of teenagers, and her research into the therapeutic value of psychedelics, Waldman’s exploration of this fascinating subject is candid, revealing, and completely enthralling.
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Ayelet Waldman is the author of the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits …
Ayelet Waldman is the author of the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Daughter’s Keeper, as well as of the essay collection Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace. With her husband Michael Chabon, she edited Kingdoms of Olive and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation. Her most recent book is A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming Fight of the Century, a collection of essays celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American Civil Liberties Union and the co-creator of the award-winning Netflix series, Unbelievable. Ayelet lives in Berkeley with her husband and children.
Deborah Copaken is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Shutterbabe, The Red Book, and Between Here and April, among others …
Deborah Copaken is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Shutterbabe, The Red Book, and Between Here and April, among others; an Emmy-award winning TV news producer (for ABC, NBC, CNN); a multiple award-winning photojournalist for hundreds of publications, including Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times; a columnist at the Atlantic as well as a former columnist at both the Financial Times and the Observer; and a writer on Darren Star’s new show, Emily in Paris. Her New York Times “Modern Love” column, “When Cupid is a Prying Journalist,” was adapted into an episode for the new Amazon series by the same name. Deborah’s writing has also appeared in many other publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, Slate, Elle, Glamour, and Paris Match. She’s performed improv and live-storytelling on the New York City stage multiple times, at the P.I.T., The Moth, The Six Word Memoir Series, TueNight, Joe’s Pub, Greenwich House, and City Winery. She’s currently at work on her seventh book, Ladyparts, a memoir of bodily destruction and resurrection during marital rupture to be published by Random House in 2021. She also works a full-time job as Head Writer at Neurotrack, a Silicon Valley tech company aimed at Alzheimer's prevention. She lives with her youngest son and new partner in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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