This Close to Happy is an eye opening story of Daphen Merkin’s lifetime struggle with depression. Her book is a must read for those who are impacted by depression either organically or by association. Ms. Merkin’s earliest childhood memories are filled with images of emotional and physical abuse while being forced to front a happy upbringing. She suffered abuse from the hands of both her mother and nanny which only exacerbated her organic depression. Therefore, her book is an interesting tale of how nature vs. nurture is intertwined impacting an individual’s emotional development. Ms. Merkin eloquently shares her story from the point of view of a depressed yet successful woman. The strength that allowed her to share her perspective as a person with depression practically jumps out to provide relief to her readers. Somehow, Ms. Merkin found the courage to tell a compelling story about how she has successfully navigated a life filled with pitfalls and joy by getting This Close to Happy.