She’s Not Herself
A psychotherapist’s journey into and beyond her mother’s mental illness
By Linda Appleman Shapiro
Publisher: Dream of Things
Published: September 2014
Formats Available For Review: pdf, mobi, epub, Kindle, Nook
On the surface, her childhood seemed normal—even idyllic. Linda grew up in the iconic immigrant community of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, with her parents and a gifted older brother. But she spent her days at home alone with a mother who suffered major bouts of depression. At such times, young Linda was told, “Your mother…she’s not herself today.” Those words did little to help Linda understand what she was witnessing. Instead, she experienced the anxiety and hyper-vigilance that often take root when secrecy and shame surround a family member who is ill.
“She’s Not Herself” is a journey to make sense of the effects of multi-generational traumas. Shapiro is ultimately able to forgive (without forgetting) those who left her to fend for herself—and to provide readers with the wisdom of a seasoned psychotherapist who has examined human vulnerability in its many disguises and has moved through it all with dignity and hope. The result is a memoir of love, loss, loyalty, and healing.
“An honest and compelling story by a brave and gifted writer.” Wally Lamb, author of She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True
“A revealing account of someone who grew up with a mentally ill parent and survived to become an effective, loving mother and a successful professional healer.” The U.S. Review of Books
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