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The Memory Palace: A Memoir
The Memory Palace A Memoir
Author: Mira Bartok
When piano prodigy Norma Herr was healthy, she was the most vibrant personality in the room. But as her schizophrenic episodes became more frequent and more dangerous, she withdrew into a world that neither of her daughters could make any sense of. After Norma attacked her, Mira Bartók and her sister changed their names and cut off all co...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781439183328
ISBN-10: 1439183325
Publication Date: 8/23/2011
Pages: 336
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 24 ratings
Publisher: Free Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
This very well-written book was almost impossible to put down. It is very moving and sometimes difficult to read because it chronicles real life tragedy. The author keeps questioning if she has done the right thing in choosing to escape the insanity that was her life, instead moving forward to create a normal life for herself without her mother. Of course she has done the only thing possible. The entries from her mother's journal provide insight into the mind of one particular person with schizophrenia. yes, the book can be depressing, but it is real.
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Helpful Score: 3
I listened to this on audio CD. The narrator did a great job with Ms. Bartok's prose, but a huge, huge drawback is that you miss seeing the author's artwork which is part of the print edition. A sad and haunting memoir, it knocked me off my feet. Highly recommend.
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