The Up and Down Life by Paul E. Jones

The Up and Down Life: The Truth About Bipolar Disorder – the Good, the Bad, and the Funny by Paul E. Jones Stars: ***** Penguin Group (2008) Psychology 240 pages I purchased this book. This post contains affiliate links. Summary: Paul Jones, a stand-up comedian and workshop leader who suffers from bipolar disorder, uses humor,… Read More »

Haldol and Hyacinths by Melody Moezzi

Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life by Melody Moezzi Stars: ***1/2 Penguin Group (2013) Memoir 288 pages I purchased this book myself. This post contains affiliate links. Summary: Melody Moezzi was born to Persian parents at the height of the Islamic Revolution and raised amid a vibrant, loving, and gossipy Iranian diaspora in the American… Read More »

Exit Stage Left by Tilly Dunn

Exit Stage Left: From Suicidal to Imaginative Thinking Moving Forward With a Healthy Mind Balboa Press (2015) 198 pages I received this book for review purposes. Summary: While six months pregnant with her first child, she was hospitalized for something that kept her awake for seven consecutive days and nights. A diagnosis of bipolar disorder… Read More »

Just Checking by Emily Colas

Just Checking: Scenes from the life of an obsessive-compulsive Pocket Books (1998) 165 pages Biography/Mental Health Summary: Emily Colas – young, intelligent, well-educated wife and mother of two – had a secret that was getting in the way of certain activities. Like touching people. Having a normal relationship with her husband. Socializing. Getting a job.… Read More »

Surviving Mental Illness by Linda Naomi Katz

Stars: *** Outskirts Press (2012) Biography & Autobiography/Personal Memoirs 117 pages *I received this book for review. The story of how Linda lives through Bipolar was very interesting as I made a few parallels between her experiences and my experiences as I also have Bipolar. There are some books that take me a long time… Read More »

Twisting My Kaleidoscope by Shannon Love

Outskirts Press (2015) Autobiography/Memoir Mental Health Shannon went through her first psychosis episode in middle age when she wasn’t expecting it and didn’t see it coming. She shares her story with us including her diary entries from the time. She has Bipolar 1 but she didn’t know until she went into psychosis. I was hooked… Read More »

January First by Michael Shofield

January First is the story of a child named January aka Janni and her descent into severe mental illness and her father’s attempt to save her. “At six years old, Janni was diagnosed with schizophrenia, one of the worst mental illnesses known to man. What’s more, Schizophrenia is 20-30 times more sever in children than… Read More »