Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So

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Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So

Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So

A Memoir

  • Author: Mark Vonnegut, M.D.
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • ISBN: 9780440339779
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 224
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More than thirty years after the publication of his acclaimed memoir The Eden Express, Mark Vonnegut continues his story in this searingly funny, iconoclastic account of coping with mental illness, finding his calling, and learning that willpower isn’t nearly enough. Here is Mark’s life childhood as the son of a struggling writer, as well as the world after Mark was released from a mental hospital. At the late age of twenty-eight and after nineteen rejections, he is finally accepted to Harvard Medical School, where he gains purpose, a life, and some control over his condition. There are the manic episodes, during which he felt burdened with saving the world, juxtaposed against the real-world responsibilities of running a pediatric practice. Ultimately a tribute to the small, daily, and positive parts of a life interrupted by bipolar disorder, Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So is a wise, unsentimental, and inspiring book that will resonate with generations of readers.

Kurt Vonnegut Remembered

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Kurt Vonnegut Remembered

Kurt Vonnegut Remembered

  • Author: Jim O'Loughlin
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press
  • ISBN: 0817320113
  • Category: Novelists, American
  • Page: 264
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A collection of reminiscences that illuminate the career and private life of the iconic author of 'Slaughterhouse-Five' Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), who began his writing career working for popular magazines, held both literary aspirations and an attraction to genre fiction. His conspicuous refusal to respect literary boundaries was part of what made him a countercultural icon in the 1960s and 1970s. Vonnegut's personal life was marked in large part by public success and private turmoil. Two turbulent marriages, his sudden adoption of his late sister's four children (and the equally sudden removal of one of those children), and a mid-eighties suicide attempt all signaled the extent of Vonnegut's inner troubles. Yet, he was a generous friend to many, maintaining close correspondences throughout his life. Kurt Vonnegut Remembered gathers reminiscences--by those who knew him intimately, and from those met him only once--that span Vonnegut's entire life. Among the anecdotes in this collection are remembrances from his immediate family, reflections from his comrades in World War II, and tributes from writers he worked with in Iowa City and from those who knew him when he was young. Editor Jim O'Loughlin offers biographical notes on Vonnegut's relationship with each of these figures. Since Vonnegut's death, much has been written on his life and work, but this new volume offers a more generous view of his life, particularly his last years. In O'Loughlin's introduction to the volume, he argues that we can locate and understand Vonnegut's best self through his public persona, and that in his performance as the kind and humane figure that many of the speakers here knew him as, Vonnegut became a better person than he ever felt himself to be.

After Schizophrenia

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After Schizophrenia

After Schizophrenia

The Story of How My Sister Got Help, Got Hope, and Got on with Life after 30 Years in Her Room

  • Author: Margaret Hawkins
  • Publisher: Conari Press
  • ISBN: 9781609256128
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 256
  • View: 1957
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Schizophrenia affects more than 3 million American adults. Despite being classified as a severe mental illness, a brain disease that can be treated, it remains misunderstood. Schizophrenia still carries a stigma that too often devastates and silences families. For 30 years, Margaret Hawkins’ sister Barb lived cloistered in her family home in suburban Chicago, a prisoner of undiagnosed schizophrenia. Hearing voices and paralyzed with fear, she was never evaluated, never treated, and refused to leave the house. After Schizophrenia is the story of Barb’s descent into severe mental illness and the healing that has come only in recent years: after her parents’ death when Margaret became her guardian. With uncanny grace and humor, Margaret chronicles her family’s struggle with Barb’s mental illness, the love that carried them through, and the virtual army of healthcare angels willing to come to Barb’s aid. This is an extraordinary story of severe mental illness and the healing that is possible with prompt diagnosis, good drugs, good care, and a fierce belief in the power to get well.

Kurt Vonnegut: Letters

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Kurt Vonnegut: Letters

Kurt Vonnegut: Letters

  • Author: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1448161746
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 464
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This collection of Vonnegut’s letters is the autobiography he never wrote – from the letter he posted home upon being freed from a German POW camp, to notes of advice to his children: ‘Don’t let anybody tell you that smoking and boozing are bad for you. Here I am fifty-five years old, and I never felt better in my life’. Peppered with insights, one-liners and missives to the likes of Norman Mailer, Gunter Grass and Bernard Malamud, Vonnegut is funny, wise and modest. As he himself said: ‘I am an American fad—of a slightly higher order than the hula hoop’. Like Vonnegut’s books, his letters make you think, they make you outraged and they make you laugh. Written over a sixty-year period, and never published before, these letters are alive with the unique point of view that made Vonnegut one of the most original writers in American fiction.

Huck Finn's America

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Huck Finn's America

Huck Finn's America

Mark Twain and the Era That Shaped His Masterpiece

  • Author: Andrew Levy
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1439186987
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 368
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A provocative, exuberant, and deeply researched investigation into Mark Twain’s writing of America’s favorite icon of childhood, Huckleberry Finn: “A boldly revisionist reading of Twain’s Huckleberry Finn…Twain’s masterpiece emerges as a compelling depiction of nineteenth-century troubles still all too familiar in the twenty-first century” (Booklist, starred review). In the “groundbreaking” (Dallas Morning News) Huck Finn’s America, award-winning biographer Andrew Levy shows how modern readers have misunderstood Huckleberry Finn for decades. Mark Twain’s masterpiece is often discussed either as a carefree adventure story for children or a serious novel about race relations, yet Levy argues, it is neither. Instead, Huck Finn was written at a time when Americans were nervous about “uncivilized” bad boys, and a debate was raging about education, popular culture, and responsible parenting—casting Huck’s now-celebrated “freedom” in a very different and very modern light. On issues of race, on the other hand, Twain’s lifelong fascination with minstrel shows and black culture inspired him to write a book not about civil rights, but about race’s role in entertainment and commerce, the same features on which much of our own modern consumer culture is also grounded. In Levy’s vision, Huck Finn has more to say about contemporary children and race that we have ever imagined—if we are willing to hear it. An eye-opening, groundbreaking exploration of the character and psyche of Mark Twain as he was writing his most famous novel, Levy’s book “explores the soul of Mark Twain's enduring achievement with the utmost self-awareness...An eloquent argument, wrapped up in rich biographical detail and historical fact.” (USA TODAY). Huck Finn’s America brings the past to vivid, surprising life, and offers a persuasive argument for why this American classic deserves to be understood anew.

Health

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Health

Health

The Science of Human Adaptation

  • Author: Charles R. Carroll,Dean F. Miller
  • Publisher: William C Brown Pub
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Page: 581
  • View: 4730
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Discusses aspects of the human life cycle including genetics, disease, personality, mental health, smoking, marriage, sex, population, eating, consumerism, environment, and dying.

Toward Understanding Men

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Toward Understanding Men

Toward Understanding Men

The Practical Application of Psychiatric Knowledge to Management Functions. A Transcript Adapted from the Proceedings of Two One-week Seminars for Business Executives

  • Author: Menninger Foundation. Division of Industrial Mental Health
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Psychology, Industrial
  • Page: 229
  • View: 3937
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The Saturday Evening Post

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The Saturday Evening Post

The Saturday Evening Post

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category:
  • Page: N.A
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Philosophy, an Introduction to the Art of Wondering

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Philosophy, an Introduction to the Art of Wondering

Philosophy, an Introduction to the Art of Wondering

  • Author: James Lee Christian
  • Publisher: Holt McDougal
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 613
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Distracted Massses

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Distracted Massses

Distracted Massses

  • Author: Scott Albright
  • Publisher: Crawling Ant Productions
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 26
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Exploring myth, illusion, deception, and distraction in the media underworld.