If you like NPR and her work, you'll find this interesting. For all women who have had crazy, difficult but loveable moms.
Having a relative who was diagnosed bi-polar, I could totally identify with Jacki Lyden's experience of trying to live with her mother's behavior and sense of reality. Wonderfully and sensitively written. Hard to lay the book down once you start reading it.
what a story. If you liked crystal palace you'll like this one too.
The author is an NPR foreign correspondent-often sent to war zones. Growing up was in a different kind of war zone-being raised by a mother who was manic-depressive. A sad, sometimes funny, always fascinating memoir
I saw an interview with the author of this book on "Oprah", and was fascinated with her story. Unfortunately, reading the book was somewhat of a letdown. Large parts of the book drug on, with uninteresting details. However, the portions of the book that kept my interest were very good...almost as though two different people took turns writing it!
I read this book and thought through the whole thing, how can someone be so crazy, or nicely put, "not in touch with the real world totally", be loose on the street and raising a child. By the time i had finished, i loved this woman and her family. Her daughter, who has written this book, has a heart of gold, so much love for her mom and strength to allow her to be who ever she was that day and still love flowed. I liked this book alot, there are many lessons from the heart here and it left a beautiful taste in my mouth, thoughts in my mind, and the smell of my own mother, all wrapped up in my heart, no matter who your mom is--she IS YOUR MOM and love can be found anywhere, even if she is the queen of sheba that day.
This is a fascinating book about growing up with a mother who is schizophrenic.
Great biography of an often heartbreaking childhood
An inspiring and thought provoking story of Jacki Lydens memories of being raised by a manic depressed mother.