Books Daphne Merkin Books by Daphne Merkin Daphne Merkin has written books about: Nonfiction Science & Health Biography & Memoir Literary Fiction Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Daphne Merkin Author Interviews Coming To Terms With Depression In 'This Close To Happy' February 4, 2017 Novelist and critic Daphne Merkin's new memoir This Close to Happy chronicles a life spent struggling with depression, from love-starved childhood to hard-won equilibrium: Not cured, but functional. Coming To Terms With Depression In 'This Close To Happy' Listen · 8:40 8:40 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/513302226/513388323" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Review Book Reviews Lip Gloss, Handbags And Margaret Drabble In 'The Fame Lunches' September 4, 2014 Daphne Merkin's new essay collection straddles the high/low cultural divide with aplomb. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says Lunches is unfailingly intelligent, but should be enjoyed in small bites. Review Book Reviews 'Pumpkin Eater': 1960s Domesticity, Sardonically April 22, 2011 A year before Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique made way for a change in how women viewed their lives, The Pumpkin Eater gave a searing glimpse of unhappy married domesticity. Wickedly funny, it said many things that women were told to keep quiet about in that era.