Girl, InterruptedBook - 1994
Kaysen's memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers. It is a brilliant evocation of a "parallel universe" set within the kaleidoscopically shifting landscape of the late sixties. Girl, Interrupted is a clear-sighted, unflinching document that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery.
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Recommended by Sheila: Unflinching memoir describing Kaysen's borderline personality disorder diagnosis and subsequent admission to McLean Hospital, this book provides firsthand insight into mental illness and personality disorders, generating empathy and understanding for those struggling with m... Read More »
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I told her once I wasn’t good at anything. She told me survival is a talent.
I got better and Daisy didn't and I can't explain why. Maybe I was just flirting with madness the way I flirted with my teachers and classmates.
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This is a true story, about an 18 year old girl who was brought to stay at a mental institution that is known for being home for many mentally ill stars, such as: Ray Charles and Sylvia Plath. In this book Kaysen describes what life was like there as well as introducing unique characters that manage to warm your heart.
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