In our last blog, under the same topic, we spoke about fictional books and listed out top picks for the same. In this blog, let us look at our top pick for the best autobiographies/biographies under the same category. (Also, we know we are breaking our usual trend of posting on Sunday's only, but we are doing this exclusively as a part of the Blogger's League :) We
will publish a blog on Sunday as well!)
Author: Janet Frame
The book is an autobiography of Janet Frame. The book gives us insight into Janet Frame’s early childhood in her poor but erudite family. It speaks about her life as a student, he years at the mental hospital and finally entering the world of writers.
She was diagnosed with schizophrenia very early on in her life. Owing to this, she spent eight years in a mental hospital based in New Zealand. The doctors realise she has won a literary prize and hence she was released. However later on it was found that she never had any form of illness, including schizophrenia.
Post this event, Janet Frame has explored various concepts under ‘madness’ in her writings.
Author: Charita Cole Brown
The book is an autobiography of Charita Cole Brown. She has earned her BA in English from Wesleyan University. The book speaks about her experience during her final semester of college. She suffered a demented episode which was frighteningly similar to that of her own grandmother’s breakdown which led her grandmother to be hospitalised.
Following this incident, Charita was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In the book, Charita has spoken about her struggles post the diagnosis, managing to remain completely true to the reader.
Author: Ellen Forney
The book speaks about cartoonist Ella Forney’s perception of the distinction between “crazy” and “creative”. This book stands as a graphic memoir of her bipolar disorder.
It is shortly before Forney’s thirteenth birthday that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The medication scared her, she thought it would make her lose her creativity. Owing to this, her years-long struggle with herself to mind mental stability began; all this while retaining her creativity and her passion for the same.
Always searching to make sense of popular trends, Forney found comfort and inspiration from other people, artists to be specific, to go through the same disorder she was going through.
The book gives the reader an insight into her works, the effects of having a mood disorder and more!
Author: Barbara k. Lipska [Co Author: journalist McArdle]
The book is an autobiography go Barbara K. Lipska who is a neuroscientist. She is diagnosed with Melanoma, which is one of the most invasive forms of skin cancer, which spreads to her brain. Due to this, she descends towards, sadness. She exhibits symptoms of dementia and schizophrenia as well.
Post rigorous immunotherapy, she is able to return to normal.
This book acts as her memoir, wherein she speaks about showing strength and courage and shows her unending supper to the people who have been under or are under the same circumstances.
With this, we come to the end of this blog. We hope you have found some more interesting reads! If you have read any of these books, do let us know what you found interesting about them! Thank you for reading!
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