"The best-selling author of An Unquiet Mind now gives us a groundbreaking life of one of the major American poets of the twentieth century that is at the same time a fascinating study of the relationship between manic-depressive (bipolar) illness, creative genius, and character. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry, Robert Lowell (1917-1977) put his manic-depressive illness into the public domain. Now Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison brings her expertise to bear on his story, illuminating the relationship between bipolar illness and creativity, and examining how Lowell's illness and the treatment he received came to bear on his work. His New England roots, early breakdowns, marriages to three eminent writers, friendships with other poets, vivid presence as a teacher and writer refusing to give up in the face of mental illness—Jamison gives us Lowell's life through a lens that focuses our understanding of the poet's intense discipline, courage, and commitment to his art. Jamison had unprecedented access to Lowell's medical records, as well as to previously unpublished drafts and fragments of poems, and was the first biographer to speak to his daughter. With this new material and a psychologist's deep insight, Jamison delivers a bold, sympathetic account of a poet who was—both despite and because of mental illness—a passionate, original observer of the human condition"—
"Yiyun Li's searing personal story of hospitalizations for depression and thoughts of suicide is interlaced with reflections on the solace and affirmations of life and personhood that Li found in reading the journals, diaries, and fiction of other writers: William Trevor, Katherine Mansfield, and more"—
Offers a profile of Academy Award winning sound and film editor Walter Murch and his amateur work in astrophysics as an outsider trying to rehabilitate the discredited eighteenth-century Titius-Bode theory.
Documents the lesser-known story of the creator of the psychological test developed to reveal key aspects of human personality, sharing insights into how his inkblots were carefully designed and rose to prominence after his early death.
The author of Sleep Demons presents a celebration of New York City life and intimate glimpses into his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks, describing how in the aftermath of a partner's death the author moved to the city and unexpectedly fell in love on the eve of Sacks' battle with cancer.
A book-length expansion of the author's viral Buzzfeed essay traces her efforts to rebuild and reclaim her life after a stroke at the age of 33, tracing her recapture of everyday skills and memories from her early childhood and marriage.
This memoir by Eric Braeden, an actor on The Young and the Restless, describes his childhood in post-war Germany and how the atrocities of the war compelled him to dedicate himself to humanitarian causes.
A former New Yorker staff writer draws on her journalistic essays on depression to trace her lifelong battle with the disease, marked by her wealthy but inconsistent family and her numerous pursuits in therapy and hospitalization.
A veteran BBC foreign correspondent traces the life of Mohamud "Tarzan" Nur, an impoverished nomad who was abandoned in a state orphanage in newly independent Somalia and who became a street fighter and activist before he became mayor to a nearly unrecognizable city after a 20-year exile.
On the centenary of the death of Rasputin comes a definitive biography that will dramatically change our understanding of this fascinating figure. A hundred years after his murder, Rasputin continues to excite the popular imagination as the personification of evil. But as the prizewinning historian Douglas Smith shows, the true story of Rasputin's life and death has remained shrouded in myth.
Revealing the true tragedy behind the timeless classic, a heartbreaking story of the love affair between the author of Doctor Zhivago and Olga Invinskaya, drawing on family sources and original interviews, reveals a powerful story of courage, loyalty, suffering, drama and loss.
"In an effort to treat a debilitating mood disorder, Ayelet Waldman undertook a very private experiment, ingesting 10 micrograms of LSD every three days for a month. This is the story—by turns revealing, courageous, fascinating and funny—of her quietlypsychedelic spring, her quest to understand one of our most feared drugs, and her search for a really good day"—
Captures the exceptional life, imagination and passion of the author of Goodnight Moon, in a book that draws from unpublished manuscripts, songs, personal letters and diaries that the author discovered in Margaret Wise Brown's sister's attic.