Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Madness: A Bipolar Life

LibraryThing book review...
Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher

This book is Marya Hornbacher's real life story about living with bipolar. She describes her mania, her destructive behavior and the effects of her behavior on herself and all her loved ones.

Her writing is intense and descriptive; it gives you an idea of what she is going through when she is in a manic episode. Her struggles with an eating disorder, alcohol, and her medications are continual and some are ongoing. She is honest, so honest that I could really feel her pain. It feels like she actually brings you into her world just for a bit so you can get an idea of what it is like. I got the idea and a new respect for people who struggle with mental illness. This book also made me appreciate, even more, my boring little "normal" life-thank goodness for it!

1 comment:

Becky said...

Looks like a fascinating book! I will definitively have to check it out. Another great memoir book on bipolar disorder is a book titled, "bipolar bare" by Carlton Davis. This book was not only informative; it is funny and life affirming.