In Madness, Hornbacher relates that bipolar can spawn eating disorders, Library Journal (starred review) “With haunting candor, Marya Hornbacher takes us. The problem here may be that Hornbacher doesn’t remember much of her own life, which would make writing a memoir difficult. Read Madness by Marya Hornbacher by Marya Hornbacher by Marya Hornbacher for free with a 30 day free trial. Read eBook on the web, iPad, iPhone and.

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I should probably note that I have read a lot of memoirs and that I may have a fairly high standard now. I read Hornbacher’s first book, Wasted, when a friend of mine was suffering with an eating disorder. I love Hornbacher’s books.

It’s manageable to a certain point, but the disease itself is chronic. This is not a self-help book written to tell other suffering with this illness, ‘If you just follow these steps, you’ll be fine. She tried to poke fun at herself as all t At the age of 24, Marya Hornbacher was diagnosed with Type I bipolar disorder.

The blue cover with pretty pictures was the only pleasant thing about this book. And I think it’s because of my bipolar.

Madness: A Bipolar Life

I am stunned by the author’s ability msrya articulate her feelings and her bravery for telling us her story as it is, no matter how inglorious some parts are. One of the most touching memoirs I have ever read.

Madnesw she really captures what it is like to be manic, AND how debilitating the inevitable depression is. My ability to suspend disbelief was challenged mightily. I had goosebumps when she described everything she cannot do because of her illness. This book is fundamentally a description of the experience of bipolar disorder. She describes crazy rages against her first husband, Julian, but matya explains that they occur as a “flipping of a switch”.


And ashamedly, the entire time that I was reading ‘Madness’, all I could think about was how glad I was that I am not that crazy.

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Nov 12, knig rated it really liked it Shelves: But she can accept her condition and live the best life she can with it. All of which is described eloquently, poignantly and heartbreakingly. She suffered wild psychosis and mania for a long time, and addiction is a big part of people diagnosed with Bipolar. In my world, inside my brain, that’s true.

Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher

You won’t be sorry. Marya was able to articulate so many things about bipolar disorder that I never could have. It really hit home.

To get her life back in order is difficult, but she’s determined From the time she was a little girl, Marya always felt different from the other children around her and from her parents as well.

Mental illness is scary. My name is Connie and I’m a drunk! While this book is a raw, shameless memoir about a young woman with Bipolar Disorder, the part of her story that I did read was incredibly repetitive, and I don’t feel that it is necessary to read the rest of the book.

I could not put this book down. I would have given this a 4, but I gave ‘Wasted’ a 4 and I thought that ‘Wasted’ was a lot better. Hornbacher also had an interesting home life – with parents who were violently fighting one minute, and lovingly playing Scrabble with her the next. I hear them open the door, and I fling on the lights and gallop through the house”. Retrieved on December 31,from https: Hornbacher is diagnosed with Bipolar I ultra-rapid cycling.


I came out more fucked than when I went in. The story tells of the author’s experience with the disease, suffering, unknowing, discovery, treatment and the “ups and downs” she goes through. But while she’d managed to fight back against her eating disorder, it turns out that she hadn’t even begun to deal with her alcoholism and, more fundamentally, had only just begun to confront her bipolar condition. She is a brilliant writer and I was pleased to see she had another book out, in addition to a novel she wrote a few years back.

That’s a good thing.

In the end, however, this was a satisfying, page-turning memoir. She’s like an extreme-condition crash test dummy. Which I had to do often. Or rather, the answer at any give minute to whatever Hornbacher is doing seems to be “I’m crazy. Madnses memoir deals with that story, with an even stronger personal emphasis than I recall from her first book. Books Madness by Marya Hornbacher.