Insomnia

Insomnia

Insomnia is on the rise. More than a third of all adults report experiencing it, with the figure climbing steeply among those over sixty-five. Marina Benjamin takes on her personal experience of the condition--her struggles with it, her insomniac highs, and her dawning awareness that states of sleeplessness grant us valuable insights into the workings of our unconscious mi Insomnia is on the rise. More than a third of all adults report experiencing it, with the figure climbing steeply among t...

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Title:Insomnia
Author:Marina Benjamin
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1948226057
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:122 pages pages

Insomnia Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Dec 07, 2018
    "When I think of insomnia's wayward rhythms what I picture is this: gaudy insomnia with its wide lapels and toothy grin is the last groover on the dance floor, still going at it after everyone has collapsed in a heap or gone home...." This brilliant mix of memoir, mythology, literat...
  • Janet
    Sep 10, 2018
    Marina Benjamin's book is meditation on the inability to sleep, a collection of lyrical paragraphs that explore the unexpected pleasures and isolating frustration of insomnia. Though my bouts with insomnia tend to only last a couple of days (thanks, full moon), I can identify with so m...
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    Jan 11, 2019
    Beautifully written. If you are an insomniac you can take some solace in knowing that someone has written about the affliction with such grace and insight. ...
  • Karen Mace
    Jan 17, 2019
    This isn't a book that will help you solve your insomnia, but it does go someway in helping you understand it and know that you aren't alone as the author does a beautiful job of describing how she feels when she is suffering insomnia, and all the rational and irrational thoughts that ...
  • Herman
    Nov 17, 2018
    Perhaps better reading for someone who wants to understand insomnia than someone who lives with it. ...
  • Scribe Publications
    Jul 16, 2018
    Every insomniac knows how sleeplessness warps and deforms reality. Marina Benjamin anatomises its endless nights and red-eyed mornings, finding a sublime language for this strange state of lack. Her writing is often reminiscent of Anne Carson: beautiful, jagged and precise. Olivia Lai...
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Oct 12, 2018
    So well written so lyrical in an odd way an ode to Insomnia to the gifts the quiet the dark can bring.As a fellow insomniac I felt an immediate friendship with the author as we travel down the sleepless path,Thanks @edelweiss @catapultpress. ...
  • Kelly
    Dec 31, 2018
    I am not alone :) ...
  • Marc Nash
    Dec 09, 2018
    Beautifully and poetically written but impressionistic which ultimately draws no conclusions but provides a ton of images to set you thinking. But if you want answers or cures, this won't provide them. ...
  • Marc Nash
    Dec 09, 2018
    beautiful & poetic but very impressionistic. ie plenty of things to fire your imagination but no answers or cures! ...
  • Vincent Scarpa
    Nov 19, 2018
    ?When you cannot get sleep you fall in love with sleep, because desire (thank you, Lacan) is born out of lack. Perhaps there is an inverse relationship here, between the degree of lack and the corresponding degree of love. How much do I love sleep, I wonder. And can sleep love me bac...
  • Sophie Smith
    Jan 13, 2019
    I would have liked more about her experiences but it?s a good read. ...
  • Shelly
    Jan 21, 2019
    I LOVE the cover. Unfortunately I didn?t care too much for the writing, a lot of it was more artsy and.. I can?t think of the word I want. It?s not bad, it?s just not what I was looking for. ...
  • Sana
    Apr 03, 2018
    'She adds new dimensions to both our understanding of sleep (and going without it) and of night, of how we perceive darkness.' Behold, a book written for me ...
  • Megan
    Jan 03, 2019
    I?d give this 2 1/2 stars. There are some interesting points for sure. I appreciated how Benjamin tells the stories of various literary characters through the lens of insomnia. There are some very unique things she does within the book; it just didn?t grab me personally. Still, it ...
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    Dec 08, 2018
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  • Amanda
    Dec 26, 2018
    This is a must read for anyone who struggles to sleep and loves lyrical writing. The structure of this is in bits and pieces with larger threads running through that the author expertly pucks up and drops at the right moments. I found myself relating deeply to so many of her insomniac ...
  • Kristie Schmidt
    Nov 24, 2018
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  • Mimi
    Jan 13, 2019
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  • Zeynep
    Jan 23, 2019
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  • Andrew Queisser
    Jan 01, 2019
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  • Diane Hernandez
    Jul 23, 2018
    Stream-of-consciousness on the topic of Insomnia. Most people, like me, occasionally have trouble sleeping. When lying awake in bed, strange and varied thoughts run willy-nilly through your brain. If those thoughts were put on paper, it would be this book. It contains science, art, ...
  • Emily
    Dec 04, 2018
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  • Kassie
    Dec 25, 2018
    The author beautifully describes her relationship with sleep and the lack of it. Literary, art, and cultural examples add to Benjamin?s unique perspective and thoughtful commentary on Insomnia. ...
  • Eric Anderson
    Nov 07, 2018
    We?ve all had those nights when we wake up in some dark hour and can?t get back to sleep no matter what method we use to try to trick ourselves back into unconsciousness. I?ve found watching a good nature or outer space programme can often lull me, but sometimes nothing works. Al...
  • C.M. Arnold
    Dec 11, 2018
    In 2014 I had my absolute worst bout of insomnia. It lasted months. In that time I tried pretty much every "this will help you sleep" routine/supplement/drug known to man. I also read a lot of books about it. I hadn't read a book about insomnia in over four years. And with that pretty ...
  • Kirsty
    Oct 05, 2018
    Marina Benjamin's Insomnia, published by Scribe in November 2018, is described as an 'intense, lyrical, witty, and humane exploration of a state we too often consider only superficially.'  In her memoir, Benjamin has 'produced an unsettling account of an unsettling condition that tre...
  • Kate
    Jan 05, 2019
    As someone who has suffered from insomnia for nine years I really wanted a story that focused more on the authors reality and not on so many other elements. It?s an interesting read but the Greek mythology was just not my favorite and it did nothing to help move the memoir along. ...
  • Jared Day
    Nov 11, 2018
    It took me a bit to get through Insomnia for how short it is. Marina?s writing style and pacing drove me insane, in all of the best ways. The entire book felt like I was going through a full night of lying awake with my racing thoughts. Each page, each new idea another thought for me...
  • Natalie
    Jan 03, 2019
    It was interesting to read books that have words I don't quite understand but it was also very exciting. The amount of vivid imagery is very enchanting; I can feel the author's thoughts and soul pouring out into this book of hers. As someone who struggled with sleep, this was a very re...