Girl, Interrupted

$16
  • adapted for film/tv
  • classic
  • memoir
  • mental health
  • psychology
  • quick read
  • thought-provoking

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    In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele--Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles--as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary.

    Kaysen's memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers. It is a brilliant evocation of a "parallel universe" set within the kaleidoscopically shifting landscape of the late sixties. Girl, Interrupted is a clear-sighted, unflinching documentation that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery.

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    11/15/2021
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    I got the same comfort from this book as I did The Bell Jar. Finished in one sitting. This is the kind of book that I feel if you are even thinking about reading it you are going to enjoy it.

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