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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Addendum to my Top Ten of 2012 list: Marbles by Ellen Forney

Of course, after I had already written up and posted my 2012 Top Ten list, I read several new books that I would have liked to add/switch into it. Heads or Tails by Lili Carré, and This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz (both of which were already blogged about by some of my dear colleagues), and the very excellent Marbles, by Ellen Forney:

Forney tells of her experience being diagnosed with bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) just before her 30th birthday, and her subsequent years-long process of arriving at a level of relative emotional and mental stability, while maintaining her artistic identity and practice. She makes her way to this point through therapy, a constantly changing cocktail of medications, journals full of emotional record-keeping, and a growing companionship with other artists who also struggled with mental health issues, particularly manic depression, over the past few centuries, including Michelangelo, Munch, Van Gogh, Woolf, O'Keefe, and Plath.

Marbles is a rollercoaster of a read, fittingly. Forney is bracingly honest, and her memoir is both uproarious and wrenching. Highly recommended!

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