I wrote and illustrated this book! It’s available for pre-order now (ahem, preorders are VERY IMPORTANT) from Chronicle Books and will be in stores on August 13. It’s based on my Real Life Charts project, which was born out of an ongoing struggle with chronic pain; many of the charts use real-life objects to help illustrate everyday ruminations.



From the publisher

Did I screw up? How do I achieve work-life balance? Am I eating too much cheese? Do I have too many plants? Through artful charts and funny, insightful questions, Michelle Rial (editor’s note: me) delivers a playful take on the little dilemmas that loom large in the mind of every adult. Am I Overthinking This? brings whimsical charm to topics big and small, and offers solidarity for the stressed, answers for the confused, and a good laugh for all."

This is a book of questions.
Questions the author (me) will attempt to answer and over-answer with the help of charts, graphs, and physical objects. Questions like: Which wine should I bring? How should I start this email? Do I really need more plants?

It's also a book of charts.
This book has dreams of being on your coffee table, but hopefully never as a coaster. It dreams of being a gift to your friend with the very serious plant hobby. It hopes to be a reminder that there isn’t always one right answer—and that, sometimes, the only answer is to pick a path and keep moving.


Here are some direct links to preorder from bookstores that deserve a visit (send me a note if I missed one!):

Powell’s (PDX) • Books Are Magic (NYC) • Hennessey + Ingalls (LA) • The Booksmith (SF) • Green Apple Books (SF) • The Last Bookstore (LA) • McNally Jackson (NYC) • Bookshop Santa CruzSkylight Books (LA)