A Bipolar Life

Hornbacher, Marya

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
When Marya Hornbacher published her first book, Wasted, she did not yet know the reason for her all-but-shattered young life. At age 24, Hornbacher was diagnosed with Type 1 rapid-cycle bipolar, the most severe form of bipolar disease there is. Here, in her trademark wry, self-revealing voice, Hornbacher tells her new story. She takes us inside her own desperate attempts to control violently careening mood swings by self-starvation, substance abuse, numbing sex, and self-mutilation. How Hornbacher fights her way up from a madness that all but destroys her, and what it is like to live in a difficult and sometimes beautiful life and marriage, is at the heart of this brave memoir. Millions of people in America struggle with a variety of disorders that may mask their true diagnosis of bipolar; also, Hornbacher's portrait of her own bipolar as early as age four will change the current debate on whether bipolar exists in children.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2008
ISBN: 0618754458
Branch Call Number: 616.895 H814m 2008
Characteristics: 299 p. ;,22 cm


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Feb 01, 2013
  • girlwhowalksalot rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A pretty tough read, prepare if you have any degree of major sensitivity to do a lot of wincing. That said emotional issues and mental illness are never pretty, so I sort of expected her stories to be exactly as they were.

Jun 09, 2010
  • KimberleyAnna rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written. Incredibly intense. I have to admit, as much as I wanted to read this book every minute of every day, I had to stop every once in a while and realise that it was her who was in pain, that the panic I felt was merely her words giving me the sense that I too was in pain.
But maybe that was the point. I have a new understanding for those suffering this degree of pain.

Jul 12, 2008
  • gryphon_aj rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

A very up front and graphic look at one person's experience with mental illness.

Certainly not for the faint of heart of for anyone just starting to learn about bipolar or mental illness.

The author's stream of consciousness style may apeal to those looking for a mind's eye look into the world of someone struggling with Bipolar Affective Disorder (Manic Depression).


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Jun 27, 2008
  • gryphon_aj rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

gryphon_aj thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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Jul 12, 2008
  • gryphon_aj rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

A very stream of consciousness view of the life of a young woman dealing with issues related to her bipolar (manic depression) and other challenges in her life.


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Jun 27, 2008
  • gryphon_aj rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: vivid in your face imagery of self-destructive and self-harming behaviour


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