The Me, Without

A Year Exploring Habit, Healing, and Happiness

out now from Ixia Press. Australia Edition from Black Inc. Books

"In her eloquent debut, a memoir and meditation on living with less... Raposo’s engaging report on stripping life down will inspire readers looking for manageable tweaks to hectic living.”  

– Publisher’s Weekly


At the age of thirty-four, journalist Jacqueline Raposo finds herself sick, single, broke, and wandering in a fog. Despite decades of discipline, her chronic illness is getting worse. Despite hosting a radio show about dating, she hasn't been in love in years. And despite a successful writing career, she's deeply in debt. Weary of trying to solve her problems by adding things to her life, she attempts the opposite and subtracts some of her most constant habits — social media, shopping, sugar, and negative thoughts — for periods of thirty to ninety days over the course of one year.

In this intimately curated search for self-improvement (a quest that readers can easily personalize for themselves), Raposo confesses to the sometimes violent and profound shifts in her social interactions, physical health, and sense of self-worth. With the input of doctors, psychologists, STEM experts, and other professionals, she offers fascinating insights into how and why our brains and bodies react as they do to our habits. She also sheds light on the impact of our everyday choices on our mental state. Part memoir, part case study, this book offers you an inspiring example of how to forge your own journey, expose your  wounds, and help yourself heal. 




Jacqueline is able to make me chuckle with one sentence and then have a deep introspective moment in the next. If you have been looking to examine your relationship with the world, this is the book for you!
— Travis McElroy, podcast master and author of The Adventure Zone
Raposo’s brave, rigorous, and vulnerable exploration of what it means to live without... [is] essential reading for anyone on the cusp of making a major life change—or even a minor one.
— Kat Kinsman, mental health advocate and author of Hi, Anxiety
No cheesy self-help here; The Me, Without is sharply written and massively relatable. Raposo packs a powerful message into an emotional and entertaining read.
— Kaia Roman, author of The Joy Plan
...I’m half-way through and LOVING it! I decided to do some of my own “withouts” this month...
— I
... it is so so relevant, especially to everybody in the M.E. community. It is pretty much exactly what I need to read right now...
— R
Pretty much can’t stop reading your book, despite the 5000 other things I’m supposed to be doing now...
— a