The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother's Suicide

The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother's Suicide

Award-winning novelist and poet Gayle Brandeis's wrenching memoir of her complicated family history and her mother's suicide Gayle Brandeis's mother disappeared just after Gayle gave birth to her youngest child. Several days later, her body was found: she had hanged herself in the utility closet of a Pasadena parking garage. In this searing, formally inventive memoir, Gayle Award-winning novelist and poet Gayle Brandeis's wrenching memoir of her complicated family history and her mother's ...

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Title:The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother's Suicide
Author:Gayle Brandeis
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:0807044865
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother's Suicide Reviews

  • Andi
    Mar 05, 2018
    Friends, get this memoir. Get it because it's beautiful, because it's haunting, because it's truthful without being cruel. Get it because it will teach you how to do all these things in your writing and life, too. I am a bit biased since I get to call Gayle friend, but this is one ...
  • Jordan
    Dec 26, 2017
    A brilliant and harrowing peek back through the author's childhood illness, exaggerated and fostered by her brilliant but mentally ill mother who ultimately dies by suicide. Brandeis writes with a poet's beauty and a journalist's keen observation, making herself vulnerable as she piece...
  • Clementine Ford
    Jan 20, 2018
    I gave 4 stars because I think she did what she set out to do and did it beautifully. The last half flew by and I really could not stop reading. My only issues were that the last few sections felt rushed and, at times, I found the structure distracting. Highly recommend it though. ...
  • Terri
    Feb 10, 2018
    Such a good book. Beautifully written, heartbreaking tale of a daughter with a delusional mother who commits suicide. Both of their struggles were so well rendered. ...
  • Sue
    Dec 18, 2017
    Wow. I read the first line, ?After my mother hangs herself, I become Nancy Drew,? and didn?t look up until I was 80 pages in. I looked up and dove back in again. This memoir about Brandeis? mother?s suicide and so much more is a work of art. The title comes from the title of ...
  • Lynn Pribus
    Apr 07, 2018
    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...
  • Donna Baier-Stein
    Dec 04, 2017
    Beautifully written, candid, and psychologically wise. An important memoir to be out in the world, for many reasons. I admire the author's courage, empathy, and skill. ...
  • Pam Parker
    Feb 25, 2018
    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...
  • Stephanie
    Feb 18, 2018
    2.5. Not to diminish a memoir that was obviously traumatic for her. ...
  • Susan DeFreitas
    Feb 21, 2018
    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...
  • Devo
    Mar 04, 2018
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  • Jane Eaton Hamilton
    Jan 14, 2018
    What if the best thing and the worst thing that can happen to a person happen in the same week? The memoirist's son is born and her mom commits suicide a week apart, and for Gayle and her family, nothing is unaltered. The Art of Misdiagnosis is a harrowing, searing book, as much for th...
  • Kate
    Dec 14, 2017
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  • Leslie Lindsay
    Nov 08, 2017
    Razor-sharp, raw, poetic memoir about mothers and daughters, suicide, mental illness, and grief. Gayle Brandeis's mother disappeared shortly after Gayle gave birth to her youngest child. Several days later, her body was found hanging in the utility closet of parking garage of an ap...
  • Kim
    Mar 13, 2018
    meh. ...
  • June
    Jan 14, 2018
    Riveting, a tender, ferocious, and engrossing story of surviving her mother's suicide. I?m not sure how Brandeis does it but she manages to write this heart-breaking memoir with care, humor, and many, many moments of transcendent grace. ...
  • Danette V
    Nov 29, 2017
    This was a painful read, and I don?t know how she brought herself to share so much. But I do appreciate her candor and found so much of her journey interesting, and certain areas are just fascinating. Her writing is style is sophisticated and poetic, and I found her skill set combine...
  • Leslie
    Nov 30, 2017
    3.5 stars ...
  • Rivera Sun
    Nov 26, 2017
    A strangely fascinating journey that grips you from the start and doesn't let go until you feel as if you know the whole family personally. The unraveling of her mother's (and her own) life yields insights for all of us. It took great courage to write this book, and share it with all o...
  • Romalyn Tilghman
    Nov 16, 2017
    As an ardent fan of Gayle Brandeis' words, I pre-ordered the book and had it delivered on publication day. Then sat down and devoured it. The subject is difficult, no doubt about it, but in the end, this poignant memoir says far more about life than it does about death. Relationships a...
  • Judy
    Dec 10, 2017
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  • Susan Walker
    Nov 22, 2017
    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...
  • Woodstock Pickett
    Feb 21, 2018
    Fascinating story and a compelling read about a complicated relationship between mother and daughters. The author weaves into her story excerpts from a screenplay for an unfinished documentary her mother was working on at the time of her death. I found these insertions somewhat disrupt...
  • Katie Devine
    Nov 21, 2017
    A lyrical, searing memoir about sudden and devastating loss, this is one 2017 book not to be missed. Moving between the time surrounding her mother's suicide and a posthumous letter to her mother, Gayle Brandeis has drilled into the center of complicated maternal loss in her beautiful ...
  • Wendy Adamson
    Feb 10, 2018
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  • Lauralee Woodruff
    Dec 01, 2017
    Actually a 3 and a half. Kind of a choppy read, slow going for me, but real and, perhaps because I'm a therapist, familiar. ...
  • Scott Neuffer
    Jan 03, 2018
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  • Valerie R Burns
    Mar 06, 2018
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  • Dorothy Collins
    Mar 06, 2018
    This is riveting read about growing up with a mentally ill parent. Ms. Brandeis mother was obviously an intelligent and driven woman who was mentally ill but seemingly never diagnosed. The book details the extreme circumstances of the effects of her illness on her two daughters and Bra...
  • Tracy McQuay
    Jan 14, 2018
    Powerful memoir with an intimate and honest look into mental illness and the impact it has on a family. I loved the layering of narrative, letters to her mother, and excerpts from her mother?s documentary. Brandeis does not shy away from sharing her most personal stories nor does she...