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

  • Linda
    Jan 13, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    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. ...

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  • Jordan
    Dec 26, 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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Tierney
    Jan 23, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    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. ...

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  • Terri
    Feb 10, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

  • Andrea Jarrell
    Nov 18, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    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. ...

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  • Sue
    Dec 18, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Michelle
    Dec 29, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    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. ...

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  • Donna Baier-Stein
    Dec 04, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    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. ...

  • Jane Eaton Hamilton
    Jan 14, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    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. ...

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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...

  • Kolleen
    Nov 23, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    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. ...

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  • June
    Jan 14, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    3.5 stars ...

  • Terri
    Feb 14, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    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. ...

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  • Rivera Sun
    Nov 26, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    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. ...

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  • Susan Walker
    Nov 22, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

  • Xhenet Aliu
    Nov 14, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    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. ...

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  • Lisa Pcenicni
    Feb 05, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    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. ...

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  • Katie Devine
    Nov 21, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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    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. ...

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  • Kimberly Martin
    Jan 19, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    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. ...

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  • Lauralee Woodruff
    Dec 01, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    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. ...

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  • SF
    Nov 30, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    3.5 stars ...

    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. ...

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  • Tracy McQuay
    Jan 14, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Very good read not only about mental illness, but, on how to survive a family member's suicide. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...