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Mental by Jaime Lowe


Mental by Jaime Lowe
Oct 03, 2017 | 320 Pages
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“[Jaime Lowe’s] often chaotic chronicle operates as an earnest memoir of personal triumph and an illuminating exposé of a type of medication that continues to be a source of great debate. A moving exploration of mental health and the efficacy of available treatment.”
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“From the salt flats of Bolivia to a boxing gym in Brooklyn, the baths of Bad Kissingen, and the harrowing corridors of an adolescent psych ward, Jaime Lowe’s Mental is an odyssey in every sense—across the terrain of her own manic episodes and the surprising, varied geographies of possible solutions. With clear-eyed candor, wicked wit, and edgy tenderness, Lowe’s story defies the streamlined trajectory of an easy recovery narrative—offering proof that the story of getting better is always more ragged than we imagine.”
—Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams
“Mental is brave, honest, disturbing—all that you would expect from a memoir of mental illness. But it gives you something rare and unexpected: writing that is pellucid, forceful, and often beautiful, that sometimes grabs you by the throat and sometimes whispers in your ear, but always moves you. Jaime Lowe is a keen and generous observer who uses her experiences to bear witness for you—not just to bipolar disorder, but to the normal vexations of life.”
—Gary Greenberg, author of The Book of Woe

Mental is a harrowing memoir on the topic of bipolar illness, full of Jaime Lowe’s top-notch reporting. It is also very funny. And if that’s the highest compliment from a comedian; the highest compliment from a fellow person with mental illness is I wish the book had been around twenty-five years ago, so I could have read it.”
—Maria Bamford, star and executive producer of Lady Dynamite

“Jaime Lowe’s fiery, poetic prose conveys the rhythms of her mania and the loosening of connections that fuel creativity. In search of an understanding of lithium, she takes us on a personal journey that extends to the outer reaches of primordial stardust. Mental engenders the empathy that helps to erase the stigma, and the blurry line, between mentally ill and sane.”
—Julie Holland, MD, author of Moody Bitches and Weekends at Bellevue
“Jaime Lowe’s honesty and insight run deep. This book brims with her humanity–you’ll root for her on every page–and also with the quality of her thinking and writing. Like Mary Karr and Kay Redfield Jamison, she has taken her own darkest experiences and turned them into art that has the power to heal.”
—Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones

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