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In I'd Rather Kill Myself Than Be A Lawyer, Robert Segall, JD talks about how, as a lawyer, he became miserable and attempted suicide. He talks about his twenty-plus year journey to happiness. He explores the events before and after his suicide attempt, making sense of the events, their meaning, their impact on him, and more. After all, this is the man who says his life is in two parts: pre-suicide attempt and post-suicide attempt. Why do we read memoirs, especially those of people we don't know? The answer is simple; we would like to learn how they overcame their problems, about ourselves, and humans in generals. If we can do this, maybe we will have a better sense of our problems and find solutions for them. This is what Robert Segall, JD offers in I'd Rather Kill Myself Than Be A Lawyer.
Dotted with brash humor and eye-opening personal reflections, I'd Rather Kill Myself Than Be A lawyer is an absorbing read. Robert not only tells you who he is and where he comes from, but it is also evident in his prose that he is the person he claims to be, from his jokes, anecdotes, and animated writing style. And that sort of honesty and self-awareness will make you empathetic to a person - he admits this himself - who is a bit of an **hole (I swear you will love him). Ultimately, this is a book about growth and looking deep within ourselves to find happiness, and Robert delivers on his promise. He shares principles and life lessons that many will find valuable; all of these are products of a long struggle with anxiety, depression, and himself. This is a fun, heartrending, insightful read that illustrates human resilience and growth. The self-awareness is impressive and eye-opening. If you don't read it for this, read it because Robert Segall, JD is a genuinely interesting person.