The book should be a personal account by somebody who has/had a mental illness. Write at least six text pages for possible full credit (not counting title page or reference page–neither is needed); do not use a type face larger than 12. The paper should be double-spaced. Please include page numbers.
You may choose a book from this list, or whatever you find in the library along these lines. You may also check the local book stores. Online/e-books are ok but please reference direct quotes according to whatever is given (e.g. %). There are many paperbacks that fit this description, and most of the books listed below are out in paperback version.
More specific directions for the extra credit paper. Please note that there are THREE parts.
Start with a summary of the book (include quotes with page numbers). This should be the bulk of yourpaper.
Continue with your personal response to the book or a critical discussion of the book. This response may be very personal. You may also chose to relate the book to information in the textbook or outside readings.
Finally, please comment on which book you like better, the one you read for your assignment or “An Unquiet Mind” by Kay Redfield Jamison (the required reading for the course). Please explain what you like and dislike about each book. You don’t need to provide a detailed summary of Jamison’s book.
Please be aware that case histories of yourself, friends, or family members do NOT qualify for this extra credit assignment which specifically is a book report. However, you may bring in your personal experiences in your discussion of the book. Also, Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind is not a valid choice for your extra credit assignment–although it is a component of the assignment (see above).
Burroughs, Augusten (2003). Dry: A Memoir. [On alcoholism.]
Cantor, C., with Fallon, B. (1996). Phantom Illness: Shattering the Myth of Hypochondria. Houghton Mifflin.
Cheney, Terri (2009). Mania: A Memoir. Harper and Collins.
Colas, Emily, Just checking. (1998). New York: Pocket Books. [On OCD.]
Grandin, Temple, with Sacriano, M. (1986). Emergence: Labeled Autistic. Novato, Calif.: Arena Press.
Grandin, Temple (1995). Thinking in pictures and other reports from my life with autism. Vintage Books. [Many youtubes on Temple Grandin are online]
Greenberg, Michael (2008). Hurry Down Sunshine. Other Press: New York.. [A father’s account of his 15- year-old daughter’s sudden decent into manic psychosis; and her gradual re-emergence from it.]
Gregory, Julie (2003). Sickened: A Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood. Bantam Books.
Gyor, Harriet (1980). Living in hell: An agoraphobic experience. PGI Publishing Company.
Haddon, Mark (2002). The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Doubleday. [This is a very well done novel about a boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder–sort of a detective story.]http://www.metropolitancollege.com/curious.pdf
Handy, Marla (2010). No Comfort Zone: Notes on Living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Madison, WI: Mocassa Press. [On non-combat related PTSD from growing up in a dysfunctional family and violent culture.]
Hersh, Kristin (2010). Rat Girl: A Memoir. Penuin (paper). [The college-aged founder of “Throwing Muses” struggles with bipolar disorder and an unplanned pregnancy.]
Hornbacher, Marya (1997). Wasted: A memoir of anorexia and bulimia. Harper Perennial. Hornbacher, Marya (2008). Madness: A bipolar life. Houghton Mifflin.
Kaysen, Susanna (1993). Girl interrupted. [Describes dynamics on a psych. ward for teenage girls; the author is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.] New York: Random House.[Shields: RC 464 K36 A31] (Watching the movie and writing about it does not qualify for x-credit]
Kettlewell, Caroline (1999). Skin Game: A Memoir. St. Martin’s Pres: New York. [About self-cutting to sooth emotional pain.]
Knapp, Caroline (1996). Drinking: a love story. The Dial Press.
Krasnow, Michael (1996). My life as a male anorexic.
Lyden, Jacki (1997). Daughter of the Queen of Sheba. Penguin Books. [A daughter’s account of her childhood with a bipolar mother.]
Manning, M. (1994). Undercurrents: A therapist’s reckoning with her own depression. N.Y.: Harper Collins. North, Carol (1987). Welcome, silence: My triumph over schizophrenia. New York: Simon
and Schuster. [A young woman’s fight against schizophrenia’s auditory hallucinations.]
Pershall, Stacy. (2010). Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a strange girl. W.W. Norton: New York. [borderline personality, bipolar disorder, eating disorder]
Richmond, Carl Adam (1997). Twisted: Inside the mind of a drug addict. New Jersey: Jason Aronson.Saks, Elyn R. (2007). The Center Cannot Hold. Hyperion: New York. [Law professor with schizophrenia]
[youtubes on Elyn Saks are online]
Scholinski, Daphne. The last time I wore a dress. Riverhead Books. [On gender identity disorder.]
Schiller, Lori & Bennett, A. (1996). The quiet room: A journey out of the torment of madness. New York: Warner Books. (Available in paper.)[A highschool girl having her first schizophrenic episode and history of subsequent treatment.]
Sheff, David (2008). Beautiful Boy: A father’s journey through his son’s meth addiction.
Sheff, Nic (2008). Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines.
Smith, Daniel (2013). Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety. (If you are interested, the author is featured in this TV program: )
Steele, Ken (2001). The day the voices stopped. Basic Books. [About paranoid schizophrenia; a vivid account of what it is like to hear voices.] [youtubes on Ken Steele are online]
Styron, W. (1990) Darkness visible: A memoir of madness. [A good description of severe depression.] [RC537 S88; available in paperback.]
Thompson, Tracy. (1995) The Beast: A journey through depression. New York: Putnam.
Traig, Jennifer (2004). Devil in the details: Scenes from an obsessive girlhood. Little Brown. [On OCD]
Van Gelder, Kiera (2010). The Buddha and the Borderline: A Memoir. New Harbinger Publications: Oakland, CA. [On borderline Personality disorder and successful treatment with DBT.]
Walker, Anthony. (2003) Siren’s dance–my marriage to a borderline: A case study. Rodale Inc.
Wood, Jake (2014). Among You: The extraordinary true story of a soldier broken by war.[on PTSD: The gripping real-life story of a soldier serving on the front line in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an account of the effects of PTSD.]
Wurtzel, Elizabeth (1995). Prozac Nation. New York: Riverhead Books. [A personal account of depression and, perhaps, also a personality disorder.]
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