NEW YORK, August 10—The acclaimed blockbuster and cultural phenomenon, I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED by Jennette McCurdy, has tallied 52 weeks on The New York Times nonfiction best seller list (announced last night, in print August 20th). The darkly humorous memoir was an instant #1 domestic and international best seller. Even more of a rare feat, it has ranked in the top five 48 out of 52 weeks and always top 10.
When I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED by actress, comedian, producer, and writer Jennette McCurdy launched on August 9th, 2022, it set the internet and dining room tables ablaze in deep and thought-provoking conversations about parental and Hollywood abuse that changed the zeitgeist. The book has been praised for its brave and unflinching honesty about overcoming trauma that will undoubtedly influence the publishing landscape for years to come.
In particular, her message resonated with millennials and Gen-Z. Throughout her book tour, McCurdy has been told over and over by young fans that they have not read a book for pleasure in years, until picking up her memoir. I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED was named to over a dozen best of the year round-ups and the author was spotlighted on the TIME 100 Next list.
“It’s rare that a book is widely acclaimed, extraordinarily entertaining, and sells millions of copies,” said Jonathan Karp, President and Chief Executive Officer of Simon & Schuster. “With I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED, Jennette McCurdy has accomplished what just about every memoir writer dreams of doing – she has made her story universal.”
Over 2 million copies have been sold across all formats in the U.S., and it’s on its 20th printing. Rights have been sold to 36 countries around the world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennette McCurdy starred in Nickelodeon’s hit show iCarly and its spin-off, Sam & Cat, as well as in the Netflix series Between. In 2017, she quit acting and began pursuing writing/directing. Her films have been featured in the Florida Film Festival, the Salute Your Shorts Film Festival, Short of the Week, and elsewhere. Her essays have appeared in HuffPost and The Wall Street Journal. Her one-woman show I’m Glad My Mom Died had two sold-out runs at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre and Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles.
PRAISE FOR I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED
Named a best book of the year by Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, Glamour, Goodreads, Jezebel, Hudson, Kobo, Libro.fm, NPR, Publishers Lunch, Salon, TIME, and US Weekly
“The #1 New York Times-bestselling memoir that has also achieved pop-cultural phenomenon status.”
“A layered account of a woman reckoning with love and violence at once…It’s a triumph of the confessional genre.”
“[A] magnum opus.”
—The Washington Post
“A coming-of-age story that is alternately harrowing and mordantly funny.”
—The New York Times
“A summer publishing sensation.”
“What is perhaps most important about her memoir, which is smart, well-written, and powerful, is just how much hope and help it will surely provide to those suffering similar abuses right now.”
“Gut-wrenching, jaw-dropping and hilarious.”
—Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle
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