The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother's Suicide

The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother's Suicide

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

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

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

  • Andi
    Mar 05, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...

    I saw Gayle Brandeis read from her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, at the Last Bookstore recently. I bought the book that night and when I got home, I immediately reread the passage she had read that made me cry. I still do. It starts on page 183, in case you?re curious. Gayle?s w...

    This was an incredibly tragic story of a mom who died by suicide and her daughter's search for meaning in her actions. Despite being an intense story, it felt disjointed - I wasn't always sure what one thing had to do with another and how all of the pieces fit together (or didn't). It ...

    Fascinating story and a compelling read about a complicated relationship between mother and daughters. The author weaves into her story excerpts from a screenplay for an unfinished documentary her mother was working on at the time of her death. I found these insertions somewhat disrupt...

    This is riveting read about growing up with a mentally ill parent. Ms. Brandeis mother was obviously an intelligent and driven woman who was mentally ill but seemingly never diagnosed. The book details the extreme circumstances of the effects of her illness on her two daughters and Bra...

    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...

    Friends, get this memoir. Get it because it's beautiful, because it's haunting, because it's truthful without being cruel. Get it because it will teach you how to do all these things in your writing and life, too. I am a bit biased since I get to call Gayle friend, but this is one ...

  • Jordan
    Dec 26, 2017

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...

    I saw Gayle Brandeis read from her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, at the Last Bookstore recently. I bought the book that night and when I got home, I immediately reread the passage she had read that made me cry. I still do. It starts on page 183, in case you?re curious. Gayle?s w...

    This was an incredibly tragic story of a mom who died by suicide and her daughter's search for meaning in her actions. Despite being an intense story, it felt disjointed - I wasn't always sure what one thing had to do with another and how all of the pieces fit together (or didn't). It ...

    Fascinating story and a compelling read about a complicated relationship between mother and daughters. The author weaves into her story excerpts from a screenplay for an unfinished documentary her mother was working on at the time of her death. I found these insertions somewhat disrupt...

    This is riveting read about growing up with a mentally ill parent. Ms. Brandeis mother was obviously an intelligent and driven woman who was mentally ill but seemingly never diagnosed. The book details the extreme circumstances of the effects of her illness on her two daughters and Bra...

    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...

    Friends, get this memoir. Get it because it's beautiful, because it's haunting, because it's truthful without being cruel. Get it because it will teach you how to do all these things in your writing and life, too. I am a bit biased since I get to call Gayle friend, but this is one ...

    I gave 4 stars because I think she did what she set out to do and did it beautifully. The last half flew by and I really could not stop reading. My only issues were that the last few sections felt rushed and, at times, I found the structure distracting. Highly recommend it though. ...

  • Terri
    Feb 10, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...

    I saw Gayle Brandeis read from her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, at the Last Bookstore recently. I bought the book that night and when I got home, I immediately reread the passage she had read that made me cry. I still do. It starts on page 183, in case you?re curious. Gayle?s w...

    This was an incredibly tragic story of a mom who died by suicide and her daughter's search for meaning in her actions. Despite being an intense story, it felt disjointed - I wasn't always sure what one thing had to do with another and how all of the pieces fit together (or didn't). It ...

    Fascinating story and a compelling read about a complicated relationship between mother and daughters. The author weaves into her story excerpts from a screenplay for an unfinished documentary her mother was working on at the time of her death. I found these insertions somewhat disrupt...

    This is riveting read about growing up with a mentally ill parent. Ms. Brandeis mother was obviously an intelligent and driven woman who was mentally ill but seemingly never diagnosed. The book details the extreme circumstances of the effects of her illness on her two daughters and Bra...

    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...

    Friends, get this memoir. Get it because it's beautiful, because it's haunting, because it's truthful without being cruel. Get it because it will teach you how to do all these things in your writing and life, too. I am a bit biased since I get to call Gayle friend, but this is one ...

    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...

    I received a an advanced reading copy of this book through Goodreads. I didn't enjoy this book. It is a tragic and sad memoir of mental illness and suicide. That said, I got nothing from this book. And can't recommend this book. ...

    I almost did not share a review of this book. Because of my reference point as a psychologist and psychotherapist, I likely did not experience this read like most others. Its a sad story but I found myself mostly being frustrated. Enough said. ...

    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. ...

  • Sue
    Dec 18, 2017

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

  • Joyful Mimi
    Jul 16, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...

    I saw Gayle Brandeis read from her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, at the Last Bookstore recently. I bought the book that night and when I got home, I immediately reread the passage she had read that made me cry. I still do. It starts on page 183, in case you?re curious. Gayle?s w...

    This was an incredibly tragic story of a mom who died by suicide and her daughter's search for meaning in her actions. Despite being an intense story, it felt disjointed - I wasn't always sure what one thing had to do with another and how all of the pieces fit together (or didn't). It ...

    Fascinating story and a compelling read about a complicated relationship between mother and daughters. The author weaves into her story excerpts from a screenplay for an unfinished documentary her mother was working on at the time of her death. I found these insertions somewhat disrupt...

    This is riveting read about growing up with a mentally ill parent. Ms. Brandeis mother was obviously an intelligent and driven woman who was mentally ill but seemingly never diagnosed. The book details the extreme circumstances of the effects of her illness on her two daughters and Bra...

    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...

    Friends, get this memoir. Get it because it's beautiful, because it's haunting, because it's truthful without being cruel. Get it because it will teach you how to do all these things in your writing and life, too. I am a bit biased since I get to call Gayle friend, but this is one ...

    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...

    I received a an advanced reading copy of this book through Goodreads. I didn't enjoy this book. It is a tragic and sad memoir of mental illness and suicide. That said, I got nothing from this book. And can't recommend this book. ...

    I almost did not share a review of this book. Because of my reference point as a psychologist and psychotherapist, I likely did not experience this read like most others. Its a sad story but I found myself mostly being frustrated. Enough said. ...

  • Lynn Pribus
    Apr 07, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

  • Donna Baier-Stein
    Dec 04, 2017

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...

    I saw Gayle Brandeis read from her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, at the Last Bookstore recently. I bought the book that night and when I got home, I immediately reread the passage she had read that made me cry. I still do. It starts on page 183, in case you?re curious. Gayle?s w...

    This was an incredibly tragic story of a mom who died by suicide and her daughter's search for meaning in her actions. Despite being an intense story, it felt disjointed - I wasn't always sure what one thing had to do with another and how all of the pieces fit together (or didn't). It ...

    Fascinating story and a compelling read about a complicated relationship between mother and daughters. The author weaves into her story excerpts from a screenplay for an unfinished documentary her mother was working on at the time of her death. I found these insertions somewhat disrupt...

    This is riveting read about growing up with a mentally ill parent. Ms. Brandeis mother was obviously an intelligent and driven woman who was mentally ill but seemingly never diagnosed. The book details the extreme circumstances of the effects of her illness on her two daughters and Bra...

    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...

    Friends, get this memoir. Get it because it's beautiful, because it's haunting, because it's truthful without being cruel. Get it because it will teach you how to do all these things in your writing and life, too. I am a bit biased since I get to call Gayle friend, but this is one ...

    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...

    I received a an advanced reading copy of this book through Goodreads. I didn't enjoy this book. It is a tragic and sad memoir of mental illness and suicide. That said, I got nothing from this book. And can't recommend this book. ...

    I almost did not share a review of this book. Because of my reference point as a psychologist and psychotherapist, I likely did not experience this read like most others. Its a sad story but I found myself mostly being frustrated. Enough said. ...

    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. ...

    2.5. Not to diminish a memoir that was obviously traumatic for her. ...

    meh. ...

    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. ...

  • Pam Parker
    Feb 25, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...

  • Stephanie
    Feb 18, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...

    I saw Gayle Brandeis read from her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, at the Last Bookstore recently. I bought the book that night and when I got home, I immediately reread the passage she had read that made me cry. I still do. It starts on page 183, in case you?re curious. Gayle?s w...

    This was an incredibly tragic story of a mom who died by suicide and her daughter's search for meaning in her actions. Despite being an intense story, it felt disjointed - I wasn't always sure what one thing had to do with another and how all of the pieces fit together (or didn't). It ...

    Fascinating story and a compelling read about a complicated relationship between mother and daughters. The author weaves into her story excerpts from a screenplay for an unfinished documentary her mother was working on at the time of her death. I found these insertions somewhat disrupt...

    This is riveting read about growing up with a mentally ill parent. Ms. Brandeis mother was obviously an intelligent and driven woman who was mentally ill but seemingly never diagnosed. The book details the extreme circumstances of the effects of her illness on her two daughters and Bra...

    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...

    Friends, get this memoir. Get it because it's beautiful, because it's haunting, because it's truthful without being cruel. Get it because it will teach you how to do all these things in your writing and life, too. I am a bit biased since I get to call Gayle friend, but this is one ...

    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...

    I received a an advanced reading copy of this book through Goodreads. I didn't enjoy this book. It is a tragic and sad memoir of mental illness and suicide. That said, I got nothing from this book. And can't recommend this book. ...

    I almost did not share a review of this book. Because of my reference point as a psychologist and psychotherapist, I likely did not experience this read like most others. Its a sad story but I found myself mostly being frustrated. Enough said. ...

    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. ...

    2.5. Not to diminish a memoir that was obviously traumatic for her. ...

  • Kristen
    Jun 27, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...

    I saw Gayle Brandeis read from her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, at the Last Bookstore recently. I bought the book that night and when I got home, I immediately reread the passage she had read that made me cry. I still do. It starts on page 183, in case you?re curious. Gayle?s w...

    This was an incredibly tragic story of a mom who died by suicide and her daughter's search for meaning in her actions. Despite being an intense story, it felt disjointed - I wasn't always sure what one thing had to do with another and how all of the pieces fit together (or didn't). It ...

  • Tim Cummings
    May 20, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

  • Susan DeFreitas
    Feb 21, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

  • Jane Eaton Hamilton
    Jan 14, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...

    I saw Gayle Brandeis read from her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, at the Last Bookstore recently. I bought the book that night and when I got home, I immediately reread the passage she had read that made me cry. I still do. It starts on page 183, in case you?re curious. Gayle?s w...

    This was an incredibly tragic story of a mom who died by suicide and her daughter's search for meaning in her actions. Despite being an intense story, it felt disjointed - I wasn't always sure what one thing had to do with another and how all of the pieces fit together (or didn't). It ...

    Fascinating story and a compelling read about a complicated relationship between mother and daughters. The author weaves into her story excerpts from a screenplay for an unfinished documentary her mother was working on at the time of her death. I found these insertions somewhat disrupt...

    This is riveting read about growing up with a mentally ill parent. Ms. Brandeis mother was obviously an intelligent and driven woman who was mentally ill but seemingly never diagnosed. The book details the extreme circumstances of the effects of her illness on her two daughters and Bra...

    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...

  • Leslie Lindsay
    Nov 08, 2017

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    Razor-sharp, raw, poetic memoir about mothers and daughters, suicide, mental illness, and grief. Gayle Brandeis's mother disappeared shortly after Gayle gave birth to her youngest child. Several days later, her body was found hanging in the utility closet of parking garage of an ap...

  • Kim
    Mar 13, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...

    I saw Gayle Brandeis read from her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, at the Last Bookstore recently. I bought the book that night and when I got home, I immediately reread the passage she had read that made me cry. I still do. It starts on page 183, in case you?re curious. Gayle?s w...

    This was an incredibly tragic story of a mom who died by suicide and her daughter's search for meaning in her actions. Despite being an intense story, it felt disjointed - I wasn't always sure what one thing had to do with another and how all of the pieces fit together (or didn't). It ...

    Fascinating story and a compelling read about a complicated relationship between mother and daughters. The author weaves into her story excerpts from a screenplay for an unfinished documentary her mother was working on at the time of her death. I found these insertions somewhat disrupt...

    This is riveting read about growing up with a mentally ill parent. Ms. Brandeis mother was obviously an intelligent and driven woman who was mentally ill but seemingly never diagnosed. The book details the extreme circumstances of the effects of her illness on her two daughters and Bra...

    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...

    Friends, get this memoir. Get it because it's beautiful, because it's haunting, because it's truthful without being cruel. Get it because it will teach you how to do all these things in your writing and life, too. I am a bit biased since I get to call Gayle friend, but this is one ...

    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...

    I received a an advanced reading copy of this book through Goodreads. I didn't enjoy this book. It is a tragic and sad memoir of mental illness and suicide. That said, I got nothing from this book. And can't recommend this book. ...

    I almost did not share a review of this book. Because of my reference point as a psychologist and psychotherapist, I likely did not experience this read like most others. Its a sad story but I found myself mostly being frustrated. Enough said. ...

    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. ...

    2.5. Not to diminish a memoir that was obviously traumatic for her. ...

    meh. ...

  • June
    Jan 14, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...

    I saw Gayle Brandeis read from her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, at the Last Bookstore recently. I bought the book that night and when I got home, I immediately reread the passage she had read that made me cry. I still do. It starts on page 183, in case you?re curious. Gayle?s w...

    This was an incredibly tragic story of a mom who died by suicide and her daughter's search for meaning in her actions. Despite being an intense story, it felt disjointed - I wasn't always sure what one thing had to do with another and how all of the pieces fit together (or didn't). It ...

    Fascinating story and a compelling read about a complicated relationship between mother and daughters. The author weaves into her story excerpts from a screenplay for an unfinished documentary her mother was working on at the time of her death. I found these insertions somewhat disrupt...

    This is riveting read about growing up with a mentally ill parent. Ms. Brandeis mother was obviously an intelligent and driven woman who was mentally ill but seemingly never diagnosed. The book details the extreme circumstances of the effects of her illness on her two daughters and Bra...

    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...

    Friends, get this memoir. Get it because it's beautiful, because it's haunting, because it's truthful without being cruel. Get it because it will teach you how to do all these things in your writing and life, too. I am a bit biased since I get to call Gayle friend, but this is one ...

    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...

    I received a an advanced reading copy of this book through Goodreads. I didn't enjoy this book. It is a tragic and sad memoir of mental illness and suicide. That said, I got nothing from this book. And can't recommend this book. ...

    I almost did not share a review of this book. Because of my reference point as a psychologist and psychotherapist, I likely did not experience this read like most others. Its a sad story but I found myself mostly being frustrated. Enough said. ...

    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

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...

    I saw Gayle Brandeis read from her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, at the Last Bookstore recently. I bought the book that night and when I got home, I immediately reread the passage she had read that made me cry. I still do. It starts on page 183, in case you?re curious. Gayle?s w...

    This was an incredibly tragic story of a mom who died by suicide and her daughter's search for meaning in her actions. Despite being an intense story, it felt disjointed - I wasn't always sure what one thing had to do with another and how all of the pieces fit together (or didn't). It ...

    Fascinating story and a compelling read about a complicated relationship between mother and daughters. The author weaves into her story excerpts from a screenplay for an unfinished documentary her mother was working on at the time of her death. I found these insertions somewhat disrupt...

    This is riveting read about growing up with a mentally ill parent. Ms. Brandeis mother was obviously an intelligent and driven woman who was mentally ill but seemingly never diagnosed. The book details the extreme circumstances of the effects of her illness on her two daughters and Bra...

    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...

    Friends, get this memoir. Get it because it's beautiful, because it's haunting, because it's truthful without being cruel. Get it because it will teach you how to do all these things in your writing and life, too. I am a bit biased since I get to call Gayle friend, but this is one ...

    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...

    I received a an advanced reading copy of this book through Goodreads. I didn't enjoy this book. It is a tragic and sad memoir of mental illness and suicide. That said, I got nothing from this book. And can't recommend this book. ...

    I almost did not share a review of this book. Because of my reference point as a psychologist and psychotherapist, I likely did not experience this read like most others. Its a sad story but I found myself mostly being frustrated. Enough said. ...

    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. ...

    2.5. Not to diminish a memoir that was obviously traumatic for her. ...

    meh. ...

    3.5 stars ...

  • Rivera Sun
    Nov 26, 2017

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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...

  • Susan Walker
    Nov 22, 2017

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

  • Woodstock Pickett
    Feb 21, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...

    I saw Gayle Brandeis read from her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, at the Last Bookstore recently. I bought the book that night and when I got home, I immediately reread the passage she had read that made me cry. I still do. It starts on page 183, in case you?re curious. Gayle?s w...

    This was an incredibly tragic story of a mom who died by suicide and her daughter's search for meaning in her actions. Despite being an intense story, it felt disjointed - I wasn't always sure what one thing had to do with another and how all of the pieces fit together (or didn't). It ...

    Fascinating story and a compelling read about a complicated relationship between mother and daughters. The author weaves into her story excerpts from a screenplay for an unfinished documentary her mother was working on at the time of her death. I found these insertions somewhat disrupt...

  • Katie Devine
    Nov 21, 2017

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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 ...

  • Rene Denfeld
    Jun 06, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

  • Lauralee Woodruff
    Dec 01, 2017

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

  • Susan Elizabetha
    Jul 03, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...

    I saw Gayle Brandeis read from her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, at the Last Bookstore recently. I bought the book that night and when I got home, I immediately reread the passage she had read that made me cry. I still do. It starts on page 183, in case you?re curious. Gayle?s w...

    This was an incredibly tragic story of a mom who died by suicide and her daughter's search for meaning in her actions. Despite being an intense story, it felt disjointed - I wasn't always sure what one thing had to do with another and how all of the pieces fit together (or didn't). It ...

    Fascinating story and a compelling read about a complicated relationship between mother and daughters. The author weaves into her story excerpts from a screenplay for an unfinished documentary her mother was working on at the time of her death. I found these insertions somewhat disrupt...

    This is riveting read about growing up with a mentally ill parent. Ms. Brandeis mother was obviously an intelligent and driven woman who was mentally ill but seemingly never diagnosed. The book details the extreme circumstances of the effects of her illness on her two daughters and Bra...

    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...

    Friends, get this memoir. Get it because it's beautiful, because it's haunting, because it's truthful without being cruel. Get it because it will teach you how to do all these things in your writing and life, too. I am a bit biased since I get to call Gayle friend, but this is one ...

    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...

    I received a an advanced reading copy of this book through Goodreads. I didn't enjoy this book. It is a tragic and sad memoir of mental illness and suicide. That said, I got nothing from this book. And can't recommend this book. ...

  • Lauren DePino
    May 18, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...

    I saw Gayle Brandeis read from her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, at the Last Bookstore recently. I bought the book that night and when I got home, I immediately reread the passage she had read that made me cry. I still do. It starts on page 183, in case you?re curious. Gayle?s w...

  • Dorothy Collins
    Mar 06, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...

    I saw Gayle Brandeis read from her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, at the Last Bookstore recently. I bought the book that night and when I got home, I immediately reread the passage she had read that made me cry. I still do. It starts on page 183, in case you?re curious. Gayle?s w...

    This was an incredibly tragic story of a mom who died by suicide and her daughter's search for meaning in her actions. Despite being an intense story, it felt disjointed - I wasn't always sure what one thing had to do with another and how all of the pieces fit together (or didn't). It ...

    Fascinating story and a compelling read about a complicated relationship between mother and daughters. The author weaves into her story excerpts from a screenplay for an unfinished documentary her mother was working on at the time of her death. I found these insertions somewhat disrupt...

    This is riveting read about growing up with a mentally ill parent. Ms. Brandeis mother was obviously an intelligent and driven woman who was mentally ill but seemingly never diagnosed. The book details the extreme circumstances of the effects of her illness on her two daughters and Bra...

  • Tracy McQuay
    Jan 14, 2018

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed this book until now?I was lucky to read an advanced copy. As someone who lost multiple family members to suicide, I found this to be an outstanding memoir. Brandeis is a gifted writer, capturing the terror, the complexity, the grief of losing loved ...

    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 ...

    Too often, we ignore difficult emotions and hard conversations--until we have no choice but to confront them, which is what happened for Gayle Brandeis when her mother committed suicide. And while that's not a situation (thankfully) that many of us will ever face, the author's honest, ...

    This book is a bloodletting, soaked with emotion so palpable it feels like a gentle violence. It is gorgeously rendered by author Brandeis; a paean to the power of healing through writing. ...

    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. ...

    When I saw two copies on the new book shelf, I figured it must be a well-reviewed book. although I'd never heard of it. It was a compelling, but uneasy book. about a writing teacher/published author dealing with her mother's suicide. You know this from the start. The book braids her...

    Lyrical language plus a daughter trying to understand her mother's suicide does not sound like the formula for a good read. But, it is in the hands of the right author. Gayle Brandeis leads the reader into her family dynamics, with three strong women -- her mother, Gayle and her sister...

    I saw Gayle Brandeis read from her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, at the Last Bookstore recently. I bought the book that night and when I got home, I immediately reread the passage she had read that made me cry. I still do. It starts on page 183, in case you?re curious. Gayle?s w...

    This was an incredibly tragic story of a mom who died by suicide and her daughter's search for meaning in her actions. Despite being an intense story, it felt disjointed - I wasn't always sure what one thing had to do with another and how all of the pieces fit together (or didn't). It ...

    Fascinating story and a compelling read about a complicated relationship between mother and daughters. The author weaves into her story excerpts from a screenplay for an unfinished documentary her mother was working on at the time of her death. I found these insertions somewhat disrupt...

    This is riveting read about growing up with a mentally ill parent. Ms. Brandeis mother was obviously an intelligent and driven woman who was mentally ill but seemingly never diagnosed. The book details the extreme circumstances of the effects of her illness on her two daughters and Bra...

    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...

    Friends, get this memoir. Get it because it's beautiful, because it's haunting, because it's truthful without being cruel. Get it because it will teach you how to do all these things in your writing and life, too. I am a bit biased since I get to call Gayle friend, but this is one ...

    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...