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The Memory Palace

Bartók, Mira (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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A gorgeous memoir about the 17 year estrangement of the author and her homeless schizophrenic mother, and their reunion.
Authors: Bartók, Mira
Title: The memory palace
Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2011
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
Characteristics: 305 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Mira Bartók
Contents: pt. 1. The order of things
pt. 2. The new world
. pt. 3. Palimpsest
Summary: A gorgeous memoir about the 17 year estrangement of the author and her homeless schizophrenic mother, and their reunion.
Additional Contributors: Herr, Norma Kurap - 1926-2007
ISBN: 9781439183311
1439183317
Branch Call Number: B-H564m 2011
Subject Headings: Herr, Norma Kurap, 1926-2007 Bartók, Mira Children of the mentally ill United States Biography Mentally ill parents United States Biography
Topical Term: Children of the mentally ill
Mentally ill parents
LCCN: 2010008399
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A beautiful, wrenching story about the author's relationship and estrangement from her schizophrenic mother. When Bartok suffered a brain injury and memory loss, she reconnects with her mother as she reconstructs her memory.

A gorgeous memoir about the 17 year estrangement of the author and her homeless schizophrenic mother, and their reunion.


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Sep 23, 2013
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Exquisite. Beautifully rendered. I bought it because I know it's one I'll re-read over and over.

Jan 23, 2013
  • Daylight62 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It was interesting but not riveting. I had trouble getting through it and had to take a couple of breaks and read something else. Finally got through it.

Jul 03, 2012
  • mhaidy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I had a hard time getting through this book and in fact put it down while I read another. When the author is writing about her mother it is very interesting however she ventures off into other areas of her own life that are not very interesting.

If you have ever dealt closely with someone who suffers from a mental illness then you can relate. This is the area of the book that is interesting.

Jun 20, 2012
  • Cheeka rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Anyone with loved ones who suffer from mental illness will identify with this story.

With insight, discovery and irony, the author shares her experience of living with (and away) from her schizophrenic mom from the time of her childhood to present day.

Beautifully written and hard to put down.

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