How to Lose Everything

Join the online book launch Wednesday September 23. Presented by Bad Girls Collective — get your tickets here!

My debut memoir How to Lose Everything is out now from Douglas & McIntyre! Order the book from and, or use the this list from Douglas & McIntyre to find a Canadian independent retailer near you.

Outside of Canada and the US, my favourite local bookshop, Another Story, is happy to fulfill international orders. You can buy from them here.

And in the US, the pub date is March 9, 2021. It will be worth the wait!

Also, stream or download all of the music I mention in the book here.

Synopsis // How to Lose Everything

Christa Couture has come to know every corner of grief—its shifting blurry edges, its traps, its pulse of love at the centre and the bittersweet truth that sorrow is a powerful and wise emotion.

From the amputation of her leg as a cure for bone cancer at a young age to her first child’s single day of life, the heart transplant and subsequent death of her second child, the divorce born of grief and then the thyroidectomy that threatened her career as a professional musician, How to Lose Everything delves into the heart of loss. Couture bears witness to the shift in perspective that comes with loss, and how it can deepen compassion for others, expand understanding, inspire a letting go of little things and plant a deeper feeling for what matters. At the same time, Couture’s writing evokes the joy and lightness that both precede and eventually follow grief, as well as the hope and resilience that grow from connections with others.

Evoking Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking and Rachel Cusk’s A Life’s Work, Couture explores the emotional and psychological experiences of motherhood, partnership and change. Deftly connecting the dots of sorrow, reprieve and hard-won hope, How to Lose Everything contains the advice Couture is often asked for, as well as the words she wishes she could have heard many years ago. It is also an offering of kinship and understanding for anyone experiencing a loss.”