Multcolib My Librarian Karen E: The examined life

Well Enough Alone
Well Enough Alone A Cultural History of My Hypochondria By Traig, Jennifer Book - 2008 616.8525 T766w 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Jennifer Traig is hilarious! Her first book, Devil in the Details, was a trip through her childhood of obsessive religiosity and this memoir chronicles her hypochondria through the historical lens of hypochondria. You will laugh in the midst of learning everything there is to know about the subject of hypochondria!

Marbles Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me : A Graphic Memoir By Forney, Ellen Book - 2012 GN 920 FORNEY 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:One of the best portrayals of the dilemmas faced by a creative person suffering from bipolar disorder. As Ellen puts it, "Who gets to be crazy-brilliant, and who's just crazy-crazy?"

The Center of the Universe
The Center of the Universe A Memoir By Bachrach, Nancy Book - 2009 B-B124c 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Nancy Bachrach's mother was the center of the universe from all poles of the bipolar world and then she suffered a traumatic brain injury. The story of how both Nancy and her mother survived.

The Glass Castle
The Glass Castle A Memoir By Walls, Jeannette Book - 2006 B-Wa1589g 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:A story of survival whilst growing up amid a terribly dysfunctional family.

The Memory Palace
The Memory Palace By Bartók, Mira Book - 2011 B-H564m 2011 Available in some locations

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

Fun Home
Fun Home A Family Tragicomic By Bechdel, Alison Book - 2006 GN BECHDEL All copies in use Availability details Holds: 11 on 10 copies

Annotation:A powerful graphic novel-memoir, this is the story of Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian house, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual and Alison's search to try to understand him.

Her A Memoir By Parravani, Christa Book - 2013 B-Pa247h 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Looking in the mirror, the face looking back at her was her dead sister's face. Heartbreaking and triumphant.

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Life can be tough and there are tons of books that attest to that! Here are a few of my favorite memoirs of turmoil and survival.