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review 2016-08-04 18:00
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by: Kay Redfield Jamison
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness - Kay Redfield Jamison

I had a good friend that was diagnosed with Manic Depressive Disorder and he's the biggest reason this book called out to me when I saw it. I always wondered what was going on in there and what the manias and depressions felt like. I always thought that understanding would help me interact with him in those states and not agitate him or exacerbate problems. I don't really know, though, he went off the grid after a particularly bad struggle with the whole evolution, of which I was in his circle, and then returned suddenly to social media, having moved away and found a better way to deal with it all then we could have hoped for. 

I thought of him as I listened to the audiobook and Dr. Jamison explain her experience with this same disorder. I worked through all the behaviors that had been mania and depression and the way he never understood the way the medicine was improving his ability to deal with it. 

As audiobooks go, this is a rather short one. It's just under three hours and eloquently describes the ups and downs that go with this disorder and the way that it progresses during her lifetime. This isn't remembering just one evolution but several as well as the fears that accompany letting others know that she has it, that she might pass it on to children, having dealt with a parent with this disorder. She includes the feeling of the mania and the aftermath, which is more than the depression that follows it. There are inevitable consequences in life for those things that are done in both manic and depressed states. She doesn't shy away from sharing those. But there is also healing and more to healing than medication and more to taking medication than simply being prescribed it. 

Above all, I appreciate that she shared it all and helped the rest of us understand what it is like to be the one that lives with the disorder. It's a beautiful book. 

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review 2016-03-13 22:25
Sex, Lies, Drugs, and Rock&Roll
Liar: A Memoir - Rob Roberge

Liar by Rob Roberge is eye-opening and inspiring. This memoir has perhaps allowed me to better understand my own father who, being a drug addict/alcoholic and probably partaking in half of the stories Roberge details in the memoir on his own, has their own list of issues and disturbances.


Roberge describes every detail, one year to the next and then back again, making the reader feel as if it is their mind is turning into scrambled eggs. The way the memoir is written is probably my favorite. You are the one in each scene; feeling Roberge's excitement- it is your excitement. Feeling his sadness, suicidal thoughts, or even his mania- it is your sadness, suicidal thoughts, YOUR mania.


Liar is so put together that you wonder if this author is really the man that he portrays in the book; but then again, even the most manic person just needs to concentrate on their thoughts and would be able to write it all down and print it for the world. That's exactly what Rob Roberge did.


This book will make you look at your own life and ask yourself who you are, and what the world would sound like without you in it...


I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

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review 2015-03-29 22:00
Fun Home: a family tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
Fun Home - Alison Bechdel

An erudite, self-aware feminist memoir, in graphic novel form, examining a lesbian’s childhood relationship with her parents – especially her closeted gay father. Fun Home is chock full of psychoanalysis, literary criticism and commentary on gender, sexuality and suicide. You may recognise the author’s name from her Bechdel Test, which ‘asks if a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man’ to indicate gender bias (Wikipedia).


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Source: literaryames.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/fun-home-a-family-tragicomic-by-alison-bechdel
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review 2013-11-30 16:45
The Marriage Plot
The Marriage Plot: A Novel - Jeffrey Eugenides

I love the writing of Jeffery Euginedes. It's both deeply honest and vastly thorough. The Marriage Plot is the second book I've read by this author and I look forward to also reading The Virgin Suicides. This story is of Madeline, a college student/graduate, set in the 80's and how she deals with the two men who love her. An English major, Madeline's senior thesis is based on the theme of "marriage plots" of the Victorian classics, hence the fitting title of this book.


Madeline is mostly involved with Leonard throughout the story and tries desperately to make sense of his manic depression, thinking if she loves him enough they will share a good life. Coming from opposite backgrounds lends to frustration and needed compromise to maintain this relationship.


Mitchell loves Madeline from afar and agonizes over the missed opportunity to win her heart. While he and Madeline come from similar backgrounds, Mitchell patiently waits for her to realize he is the one she belongs with.


This is not your average love story but anyone who is familiar with or enjoys the typical Jane Austen theme should like this book.

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