Skin Game

Skin Game Caroline Kettlewell

As a young girl — smart, creative, well loved by her family — Caroline Kettlewell made a terrible discovery: The only way to gain relief from her overpowering feelings of self-consciousness, discomfort, and alienation was to physically hurt herself. She began cutting her arms and legs in fifth grade, and continued into her twenties. Why would an intelligent young woman resort to such extreme measures? The first former cutter to tell her own story about living with and overcoming the disorder, Caroline Kettlewell has written an unforgettably poignant and shocking memoir of affliction and survival. More…

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Prozac Nation

Prozac Nation Elizabeth Wurtzel

An account, both harrowing and amusing, of the author’s dependence on Prozac, prescribed for her after a series of suicide attempts and breakdowns. She describes her experiences and her determination to get herself off medication. More…

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Wasted Marya Hornbacher

At the age of four Marya Hornbacher looked in a mirror and decided she was fat. At nine, she was bulimic. At 12, she was anorexic. By the time she was 18, she’d been hospitalized five times, once in a mental asylum. Her doctors and her parents had given up on her; they were watching her die. But Marya decided to live. More…

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Girl, Interrupted

Girl, Interrupted Susanna Kaysen

In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she’d never seen before, eighteen-year old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital to be treated for depression. She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in the psychiatric hospital renowned for its famous clientele: Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, Anne Sexton and Ray Charles. More…

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