Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So: A Memoir

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Random House Publishing Group, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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More than thirty years after the publication of his acclaimed memoir The Eden Express, Mark Vonnegut continues his story in this searingly funny, iconoclastic account of coping with mental illness, finding his calling, and learning that willpower isn't nearly enough.

Here is Mark's life childhood as the son of a struggling writer, as well as the world after Mark was released from a mental hospital. At the late age of twenty-eight and after nineteen rejections, he is finally accepted to Harvard Medical School, where he gains purpose, a life, and some control over his condition. There are the manic episodes, during which he felt burdened with saving the world, juxtaposed against the real-world responsibilities of running a pediatric practice.

Ultimately a tribute to the small, daily, and positive parts of a life interrupted by bipolar disorder, Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So is a wise, unsentimental, and inspiring book that will resonate with generations of readers.

  

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User Review  - KamGeb - LibraryThing

I think this is the best book about someone in recovery from mental illness that I ever read. It gives a good picture of a person who is functioning but is still a bit off. It gives me hope that there is recovery after mental illness, even if there isn't full return to life before psychosis. Read full review

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User Review  - lindap69 - LibraryThing

I do believe one needs to be able to laugh at oneself and Mark does this at some of the tougher times in his life. I am not sure this book really helped me to understand what it means to be mentally ... Read full review

Contents

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chapter
9
chapter 3
19
chapter 4
31
chapter 5
43
chapter 6
53
chapter 7
61
Mans Greatest Hospital
81
Crackup Number Four
95
chapter
115
Honduras
127
Not Right tor Here
149
Short Chapter
157
Bricks and Lobsters
169
The Rope
179
Theres Nothing Quite as Final
191

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About the author (2011)

Mark Vonnegut is the only son of the late Kurt Vonnegut and Jane Cox Vonnegut and the author of The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity, an ALA Notable Book. A full-time practicing pediatrician, he lives in Massachusetts with his wife and son.

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