Mockingbird Years: A Life in and Out of Therapy

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"During my years as a patient, I felt a guilty and unshakeable conviction that I was completely sane. Of course, my notion that patients were expected to be crazy was na´ve, but I had swallowed whole the ideology that connects madness to beauty of spirit. In fact, I wasn't interested in being happier, but in growing more poignantly, meaningfully unhappy."Here in her own words is Emily Fox Gordon, therapy veteran, sometime mental patient, and prize-winning essayist. In lyric prose as memorable for its wicked humor as for its penetrating intelligence, she tells the story of her "therapeutic education," marked by no fewer than five therapists before she turned seventeen. At eighteen, after a half-hearted suicide attempt, Gordon began a three-year sojourn at the prestigious Austen Riggs sanitarium. It was at Riggs that Gordon was "rescued" by the maverick psychoanalyst Leslie Farber, who offered judgment instead of neutrality, friendship instead of silence, and moral instruction through dialogue. Beautifully crafted and startling in its observations of the therapeutic enterprise, Mockingbird Years is a stunning debut by a major new talent.

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I could not finish this book and I had to literally throw it across the room, it made me so mad. I hate when "self-indulgent" is used to describe art of any sort because I want people to create their ... Read full review

MOCKINGBIRD YEARS: A Life In and Out of Therapy

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In her debut volume, essayist Gordon presents an uneven chronicle of her growth through therapy from a ``sullen, disorganized daughter'' to a woman who sees her ``marriage and family as a garden to ... Read full review

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