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Out of the Blue

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Jan Wong is the author of five national bestsellers. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work and is now a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University. Her most recent books is Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy, and China.


Jan Wong knows how to tell a story, the fact that this is her story makes the telling that much more compelling. The trip through Depression is a sad and sorrowful journey. - Red Deer Advocate (Canada) June 2012
Wong is careful not to paint all of depression with one brush, noting among others the depression of Wade Belak, whose illness had a more cheerful facade but more tragic results. Though this is primarily a memoir, which Wong carefully establishes early in the book, she does track historical attitudes to depression and current theories of treatment, tying them into her own experiences. - Catesbookshelves, book blog, July 2012
Certainly, readers are fortunate that Wong finally succeeded in making her story known. Wongs honesty and determination have combined to create an engaging and inspiring memoir that will hopefully have some part in mitigating the stigma against mental illness that almost robbed her of her career and dignity. - Prism International (contemporary writing from Canada and around the world) July 2012
Because of her honest book, conversation can continue within families, businesses and institutions, when a person's behaviour suggests a mental health issue. July 2012
As Wong states one in five individuals will be afflicted with a serious mental illness during their lifetime. Knowing this statistic, readers from all walks of life not to mention those employed as human resource representatives would definitely benefit from reading Out of the Blue. - The Coast (Canada) Aug 2012
Wong may have travelled a long road, but Out of the Blue signals her courageous return. - Quill & Quire (Canada) The 15 Books That Mattered, Non-Fiction selection, December 2012
Wongs book reveals a thousand cuts to her body and soul. A great and perceptive writer, she has the gift of precision, detailing the side effects of each failed anti-depressant, the vortex effect of being unable to look at buildings she associated with pain, the shopping cure that brought dopamine blasts, the awfulness of mornings, that April is the worst month for suicide, and the graininess of the films a security firm secretly took at the launch of her 2007 book, Beijing Confidential. -- Toronto Star, April 27, 2012
Out of the Blue is a page-turner suffused with suffering and pluck. -- Macleans magazine, May 3, 2012
It is required reading for anyone interested in journalism. It is also required reading for anyone interested in the way employers treat employees with mental illnesses. -- Ottawa Citizen, May 4, 2012
In this rare exploration of workplace depression, Wong asks the reader to confront issues many of us have had to deal with, no matter how long we have been in the traditional workplace she had worked for the Globe for two decades. For example, for those that ascribe to the I work therefore I am motto, like she did, it makes you wonder about your own life, and you will begin to ask yourself some tough questions. --, May 23, 2012

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