The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, The Collected Schizophrenias cuts right to the core. Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esm Weijun Wan Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award A...

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Title:The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays
Author:Esmé Weijun Wang
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan
    Apr 18, 2019
    Words that came to my mind when reading this book: Superb. Important. Smart. Interesting. Honest. Thought provoking. Empathy building. This is a memoir in essays by a woman relating her experience living with schizoaffective disorder, both internal and in the world experiences. She...
  • Melissa
    Nov 23, 2018
    An outstanding collection of essays about living with schizoaffective disorder and later chronic Lyme disease. Wang provides a glimpse into an existence that is harrowing at times but also so rich and filled with life. She writes about living with a ?slippery brain? (a term taken f...
  • Crystal
    Feb 07, 2019
    I've avoided most personal perspectives of my diagnosis since, well, it was mentioned as my diagnosis but after encountering one of the author's books on Gumroad I became intrigued and it was time, really. So many mental illness narratives I encountered back when I read them in my ...
  • anaïs
    Apr 16, 2019
    beautifully written and so accurate in its description of living with mental illness as well as chronic illness. such a great read. ...
  • Elizabeth
    Mar 13, 2019
    The Collected Schizophrenias is a brilliantly written collection of essays about what it's like to live with a schizoaffective disorder. Schizophrenia is easily the most misunderstood mental health condition, and while no one experience can be taken as the one example of how that illne...
  • Sarah
    Feb 12, 2019
    This is a deeply necessary book. I can?t think of another personal account of living with serious thought disorder that is this clear-eyed and complex. ...
  • Thomas
    Mar 04, 2019
    One of the most courageous books I have ever read. In The Collected Schizophrenias, Esm Weijun Wang writes about her experience with schizoaffective disorder and Lyme disease. Compared to mental illnesses like anxiety and depression, schizophrenia is still so stigmatized, so it is ra...
  • Lupita Reads
    Jan 31, 2019
    Captivating & essential collection of essays. Thankful to Wang for sharing her story with readers. ...
  • Max
    Feb 28, 2019
    Early in the first essay in this collection, the author recounts a pair of historical theories/descriptions of schizophrenia, and then tells the reader that these theories/descriptions "address the suffering of those who are adjacent to the one who is suffering in the first place. Beca...
  • Robert Vaughan
    Feb 18, 2019
    Fantastic book. Didn't want it to end. ...
  • Rachel Rooney
    Apr 18, 2019
    I read this last month and somehow failed to review it or even mark it as currently reading or read. It was phenomenal. If you are at all interested in reading a moving account of mental illness and functioning with mental illness and working with mental illness, this is it. Esme Weiju...
  • Natalie (CuriousReader)
    Mar 15, 2019
    Beautifully written, eloquent and startling, searing and honest, critical and powerful - how many adjectives can I use to describe this book? Review: https://curiousreaderr.wordpress.com/... ...
  • Paltia
    Feb 25, 2019
    Esmeralda Weijun Wang wants to be a high functioning individual while she contends with her multiple diagnoses. To understand her ability to concentrate long enough, organize her thoughts to allow her to write these essays, and to seek costly medical and alternative type medical care i...
  • Camelia Rose
    Apr 22, 2019
    This 200 pages book contains 13 essays from the author's firsthand experience of mental illness. Esme Weijun Wang was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age of 18, and 10 years later, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. During her chronic illness, she also suffered dysautonomia and...
  • Paris (parisperusing)
    Feb 14, 2019
    *Goodreads apparently didn't save my review the first time, so here goes it? If it takes me longer than four days to finish a book of this size, it's because I'm just not into it. I wanted to binge on this book, I truly did, but my biggest grudge with TCS is that it is a book p...
  • Kate Olson
    Mar 09, 2019
    Stunning. TCS is the most moving account of living with mental illness that I have read to date, and I think that's because it's not trying to convince anyone of anything. Wang wrote essays about her condition and journey, and within these essays, she constantly admits that she is writ...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Feb 14, 2019
    This book covers the author's biographical journey through schizophrenia. What struck me and continues to strike me is the nonrational dimension to ourselves. I am much more immersed in a more rationalistic and materialistic outlook. However, I know that such fine talking primates as o...
  • Hannah Fenster
    Nov 27, 2018
    ?Schizophrenia terrifies,? warns the first line of The Collected Schizophrenias. Then, despite this caution, it proceeds. Such conviction quickly becomes a pattern over the course of the collection: See the difficult thing. Face it anyway. With profound compassion and curiosity...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Jan 31, 2019
    Review to come ...
  • Matthew Mastricova
    Feb 19, 2019
    I mean, this is brilliant. In its style and breadth of conversation, in Wang's ability to speak of, about, and through herself, in the ways in which, for me, at least, has completely reshaped the ways I think of the schizophrenias. "Diagnosis" in particular will be an essay I know I wi...
  • Sam
    Feb 25, 2019
    I read the first half of this about a week ago, while feeling almost unprecedentedly well; I finished it this afternoon, as part of a period of unusual unwellness. Relatedly, I'm refraining from experiencing emotions right now, so the only insight I have for now is: at both points, I d...
  • Jessie
    Apr 07, 2019
    Well, I loved #esmeweijunwang ?s #thecollectedschizophrenias very much. A series of essays about schizoaffective disorder in the healthcare system, in popular culture, and in the public imagination, the book is also a meditation on Wang?s own diagnosis of, and experiences of the sa...
  • Katie Long
    Feb 02, 2019
    A collection of essays about Esme Weijun Wang?s experience living with, among other illnesses, schizoaffective disorder. It?s rare to read about schizophrenia from someone who lives with it, rather than someone who treats or studies these conditions. Her take on the way that patien...
  • Brittany | thebookishfiiasco
    Mar 02, 2019
    ?i have been physically lost in a pitch-dark room. there is the ground, which may be nowhere other than immediately below my own numbed feet. those foot-shaped anchors are the only trustworthy landmarks. if i make a wrong move, i?ll have to face the gruesome consequence. in this bl...
  • William2
    Mar 18, 2019
    The book reads like a memoir. It possesses a mastery of tone that?s deeply satisfying. I think I may have found a substitute?not a replacement!?for Dr. Oliver Sacks, who was a dreamy writer on subjects neurological. Author Esm Weijun Wang?s perspective though is that of a pat...
  • Emily
    Apr 05, 2019
    Absolutely gorgeous. Full review to come! ...
  • Kate
    Feb 12, 2019
    DANG THIS WAS GOOD YALL READ IT OR REGRET IT !!! SO GOOOOOOD!!!! ...
  • Hanna
    Sep 30, 2018
    Harrowing. Intense. Illuminating. Powerful. In The Collected Schizofrenias, Esm tells the story of her life with mental illness and Lyme disease. This feels like an intimate and honest look at what living with schizophrenia can be like. From psychosis to not being taken seriously b...
  • Amy
    Feb 18, 2019
    This was tough to rate. Some of the essays were deeply informative and emotional. Some were just .... there. I wish this would have been more a memoir and not essays. It felt disconnected. I feel like three stars is a ?mean? rating for someone who wrote a book and has a debilitatin...
  • Andrew Unger
    Jan 12, 2019
    Wang opens this tour de force collection with a recitation from the DSM V and a careful meditation on the importance and impact of such deliberate categorizations of subjective mental instabilities. Primarily, Wang focuses on the lack of context given to patients on the purlieus of sch...