"Most diseases can be separated from one’s self ... schizophrenia is something we are." So begins Mark Vonnegut’s depiction of his descent into, and eventual emergence from, mental illness. As a recent college graduate, self-avowed hippie, and son of a counterculture hero, Vonnegut begins to experience increasingly delusional thinking, suicidal thoughts, and physical incapacity. In February 1971 he is committed to a psychiatric hospital. The Eden Express, an ALA Notable Book first published over 25 years ago, is his honest, thoughtful, and moving account of the illness of schizophrenia.
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Review: The Eden Express: A Memoir of InsanityUser Review - Sarah Toppins - Goodreads
Kurt Vonnegut's son went crazy after college and wrote a memoir about it. Kurt mentioned it in several commencement addresses I listed to this summer, so I decided I needed to read the book. The book ... Read full review
Review: The Eden Express: A Memoir of InsanityUser Review - Jenean Gilmer - Goodreads
Got a little bogged down in the middle with all the rants, but a worthy read. Entertaining and intelligent, but above all, honest - refreshingly so, free of the self-importance that so often accompanies memoirs. The letter at the end of the book is a particularly inspiring read. Read full review