Madness: a Memoir

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Madness: a Memoir

Madness: a Memoir

a Memoir

  • Author: Kate Richards
  • Publisher: Penguin Group Australia
  • ISBN: 1742535623
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 272
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Winner of the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2014 nonfiction prize. Shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards 2013 nonficiton prize. It's not every day you get to admit you're mad. The thing with psychosis is that when I'm sick I believe the delusional stuff to the same degree that you might know the sky is above and the earth below. And if someone were to say to me that the delusional thinking is, in fact, delusional, well that's the same as if I assure you now that we walk on the sky. Of course you wouldn't believe me, and that's why it's sometimes so hard for people who are sick like this to know that they need treatment. Psychosis and severe depression have a huge effect on how you relate to other people and how you see the world. It's a bit like being in a vacuum, or behind a wall of really thick glass . . . you lose any sense of connectedness. You're cast adrift from everyone and everything that matters. I've lived with acute psychosis and depression for the best part of twenty years. This is the story of my journey from chaos to balance, and from limbo to meaning. Kate Richards is a trained doctor currently working in medical research. 'Demands to be read' Sunday Age 'Heart wrenching, mind bending' Daily Telegraph 'A mysteriously beautiful book' Michael McGirr, The Age 'A gifted writer and storyteller' Courier-Mail 'Astonishing' Herald Sun

Madness

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Madness

Madness

A Memoir

  • Author: Kate Richards
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781459698888
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  • Page: 348
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From the bestselling author of The Mistake comes a hauntingly powerful story about families and secrets Winner of the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2014 nonfiction prize. Shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards 2013 nonficiton prize. It's not every day you get to admit you're mad. The thing with psychosis is that when I'm sick I believe the delusional stuff to the same degree that you might know the sky is above and the earth below. And if someone were to say to me that the delusional thinking is, in fact, delusional, well that's the same as if I assure you now that we walk on the sky. Of course you wouldn't believe me, and that's why it's sometimes so hard

Mutoko Madness

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Mutoko Madness

Mutoko Madness

A Memoir

  • Author: Angus Shaw
  • Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
  • ISBN: 0797454934
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 300
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How do you behave in a poker game with a genocidal murderer? General Mohammed Siad Barre of Somalia had a revolver lying beside his overflowing ashtray on the baize card table. Dictators bully and cheat, not only at cards. Field Marshal General Idi Amin Dada of Uganda, fleeing his overthrow, abandoned his mansion on Kololo Hill. Amin’s mansion showed us his madness, his vanity, his love of the cartoon characters Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Popeye and Olive Oil, and his hypochondria – the bathroom contained more medicine than a chemist’s shop. On their trips to African summitry, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, worldly yet fanatical, were an enigma. Yasser Arafat and King Hassan of Morocco were diminutive men, but charming in meetings face-to-face. Arafat was full of bonhomie as he tapped the pistol on his belt. Angus Shaw, an award-winning international journalist, was born in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. In this brutally honest memoir, he tells of friendship, joy and pain, of lies, of moral decay, and of sex, drink and drugs, as he journeys through seven blood-steeped African wars, culminating in that pinnacle of madness and depravity, the genocide in Rwanda. His story is peopled by cruel dictators and warlords, fighters whose dreams of freedom went unconsummated, great statesmen like the icon of peace Nelson Mandela, the jet-setting Pope John Paul II making pilgrimages to Africa, and idols of movies and music who visited his beleaguered Paradise of Fools. Published by Boundary Books

A Time Of Madness

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A Time Of Madness

A Time Of Madness

A Memoir Of Partition

  • Author: Salman Rashid
  • Publisher: Rupa Publications
  • ISBN: 9789384067366
  • Category: Crafts & Hobbies
  • Page: 134
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During the chaos of partition in 1947, something dreadful happened in the city of Jalandhar in Punjab. As a result of this, Salman Rashid's family fled Jalandhar for Pakistan, the newly created country across the border. They were among the nearly two million people uprooted from their homes in the greatest transmigration in history. Besides those who fled, other members of the family became part of a grimmer statistic: They featured among the more than one million unfortunate souls who paid with their lives for the division of India and creation of Pakistan. After living in the shadow of his family's tragedy for decades, in 2008, Rashid made the journey back to his ancestral village to uncover the truth. A time of madness tells the story of what he discovered with great poignancy and grace. It is a tale of unspeakable brutality but it is also a testament to the uniquely human traits of forgiveness, redemption and the resilience of the human spirit.

Art and Madness

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Art and Madness

Art and Madness

A Memoir of Lust Without Reason

  • Author: Anne Roiphe
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 0385531656
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 208
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Luminous and intensely personal, Art and Madness recounts the lost years of Anne Roiphe’s twenties, when the soon-to-be-critically-acclaimed author put her dreams of becoming a writer on hold to devote herself to the magnetic but coercive male artists of the period. Coming of age in the 1950s, Roiphe, the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants, grew up on Park Avenue and had an adolescence defined by privilege, petticoats, and social rules. At Smith College her classmates wore fraternity pins on their cashmere sweaters and knit argyle socks for their boyfriends during lectures. Young women were expected to give up personal freedom for devotion to home and children. Instead, Roiphe chose Beckett, Proust, Sartre, and Mann as her heroes and sought out the chaos of New York’s White Horse Tavern and West End Bar. She was unmoored and uncertain, “waiting for a wisp of truth, a feather’s brush of beauty, a moment of insight.” Salvation came in the form of a brilliant playwright whom she married and worked to support, even after he left her alone on their honeymoon and later pawned her family silver, china, and pearls. Her near-religious belief in the power of art induced her to overlook his infidelity and alcoholism, and to dutifully type his manuscripts in place of writing her own. During an era that idolized its male writers, she became, sometimes with her young child in tow, one of the girls draped across the sofa at parties with George Plimpton, Terry Southern, Doc Humes, Norman Mailer, Peter Matthiessen, and William Styron. In the Hamptons she socialized with Larry Rivers, Jack Gelber and other painters and sculptors. “Moderation for most of us is a most unnatural condition . . . . I preferred to burn out like a brilliant firecracker.” But while she was playing the muse reality beckoned, forcing her to confront the notion that any sacrifice was worth making for art. Art and Madness recounts the fascinating evolution of a time when art and alcohol and rebellion caused collateral damage and sometimes produced extraordinary work. In clear-sighted, perceptive, and unabashed prose, Roiphe shares with astonishing honesty the tumultuous adventure of self-discovery that finally led to her redemption. From the Hardcover edition.

Surrounded by Madness

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Surrounded by Madness

Surrounded by Madness

A Memoir of Mental Illness and Family Secrets

  • Author: Ph D Rachel Pruchno
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781457551901
  • Category:
  • Page: N.A
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"What was the likelihood my adopted daughter would have my father's hazel eyes and my mother's mental illness?" In this fi ercely candid memoir, Dr. Pruchno, a scientist widely acclaimed for her research on mental illness and families, shows how mental illness threatened to destroy her own family. Not once, but twice. As a child, she didn't understand her mother's episodes of crippling sadness or whirlwind activity. As a mother, she feared her daughter Sophie would follow in the footsteps of the grandmother Sophie never knew. Unraveling the mysteries of her mother's and daughter's illnesses, Pruchno fought to preserve her marriage and protect her son. But it was not until she came to terms with her own secrets that she truly understood the destructive and pervasive effects mental illness has on families. Surrounded By Madness is transforming. It will empower families to stop hiding and start talking when mental illness strikes.

My Brother's Madness

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My Brother's Madness

My Brother's Madness

A Memoir

  • Author: Paul Pines
  • Publisher: Curbstone Books
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 318
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"In this gracefully written memoir, poet and novelist (and practicing psychotherapist) Pines narrates his and his younger brother's lives through the matrix of his brother's mental illness."--Publisher's Weekly.

Art and Madness

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Art and Madness

Art and Madness

A Memoir of Lust Without Reason

  • Author: Anne Richardson Roiphe
  • Publisher: Nan A. Talese
  • ISBN: 0385531648
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 220
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Chronicles the National Book Award-nominated author's 1950s early adulthood during which she was compelled to set aside her career goals to support her playwright husband and make painful sacrifices in service to a circle of male artists, including George Plimpton, Norman Mailer and William Styron.

Divine Madness

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Divine Madness

Divine Madness

A Memoir of Religious Psychosis

  • Author: Janie Baker
  • Publisher: Publishamerica Incorporated
  • ISBN: 9781424128310
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 196
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Janie Baker was raised Catholic until she left the church while attending a Catholic college. She began a career as a neuroscientist when she was afflicted with bipolar disorder (manic-depression). Her case was particularly severe, and resulted in religious psychosis, during which she moved to Calcutta, India, and worked with Mother Teresa. Following a number of years of hallucinations and delusions, shock treatments returned her to health. Restored to sanity, Janie eventually underwent a compelling conversion and returned to the church. She writes here an intimate and riveting story of her struggles growing up, dealing with religion, and her descent into bipolar madness.