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An Unquiet Mind

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An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
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Jan 14, 1997 | ISBN 9780679763307

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“An invaluable memoir of manic depression, at once medically knowledgeable, deeply human and beautifully written … at times poetic, at times straightforward, always unashamedly honest.”
The New York Times Book Review
“Stands alone in the literature of manic-depression for its bravery, brilliance and beauty.”
—Oliver Sacks
“Jamison’s [strength] is in the gutsy way she has made her disease her life’s work and in her brilliant ability to convey its joys and its anguish…. Extraordinary.”
Washington Post Book World

“Elegiac and emotionally precise.”
Oprah Magazine

“The great gift Jamison offers here, beyond her honesty and the beauty of her writing, is perspective: a cleared-eyed view of illness and death, sanity and insanity, love and grief . . . To write the truth with such passion and grace is remarkable enough. To do this in loving memory of a partner is tribute indeed.”
The Washington Post

“The most emotionally moving book I’ve ever read about the emotions.”
—William Safire, The New York Times Magazine
“Written with poetic and moving sensitivity … a rare and insightful view of mental illness from inside the mind of a trained specialist.”
“Enlighting … eloquent and profound.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Piercingly honest…. Jamison’s literary coming-out is a mark of courage.”

“Brave, insightful, richly textured and chillingly authentic.”
Boston Globe
“A riveting portrayal of a courageous brain alternating between exhilarating highs and numbing lows.”
—James D. Watson, Nobel laureate and author of The Double Helix

“In a most intimate and powerful telling, Jamison weaves the personal and professional threads of her life together…. [She] brings us inside the disease and helps us understand manic depression…. What comes through is a remarkably whole person with the grit to defeat her disease.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A riveting read. I devoured it at a single sitting and found the book almost as compelling on a second read…. An Unquiet Mind may well become a classic…. Jamison sets an example of courage.”
—Howard Gardner, Nature
“Stunning…. [An] exquisite (in both a literary and medical sense) autobiography…. This is an important, wonderful book.”
Jackson Clarion Ledger
“Extraordinary…. An Unquiet Mind must be read.”
The New England Journal of Medicine
“A beautiful, funny, original book. Powerfully written, it is a wonderful and important account of mercurial moods and madness. I absolutely love this book.”
—Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides
“A landmark…. The combination of the intensity of her personal life and the intellectual rigor of her professional experience make the book unique…. A vibrant and engaging account of the life, love and experience of a woman, a therapist, an academic, and a patient.”
British Medical Journal
“Affecting, honest, touching … fluid, felt and often lyrical.”
—Will Self, The Observer (London)
“Quite astonishing…. Cuts through the dead jargon and detached observations of psychiatric theory and practice to create a fiery, passionate, authentic account of the devastation and exaltation, the blindness and illumination of the psychotic experience.”
The Sunday Times (London)
“Rises to the poetic and has a mystical touch…. A courageous and fascinating book, a moving account of the life of a remarkable woman.”
The Daily Telegraph (London)
“Fast-paced, startlingly honest and frequently lyrical…. Jamison has] a novelist’s openness of phrase and talent for bringing character alive.”
Scotland on Sunday
“Superbly written…. A compelling work of literature.”
Independent on Sunday (London)

“A unique account, filled with exquisitely wrought nuances of emotion, of her husband’s death . . . In her brilliant explication distinguishing between madness and grief, her battle to remain sane is as stirring as his to beat cancer. “
Booklist (starred review)

“A soul-baring love letter. “
Kirkus Reviews

“A superb read. “
Library Journal (starred review)

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