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The collected schizophrenias : essays / Esmé Weijun Wang.

Wang, Esmé Weijun, author. (Author).
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  • 1 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 616.898 WAN (Text) 33500013006762 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library 616.898 WAN (Text) 33500013006770 New Checked out 06/11/2019
Roseau Public Library 616.898 WAN (Text) 35500006141061 New Checked out 05/31/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781555978273
  • ISBN: 1555978274
  • Physical Description: 202 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2019]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note: Toward a pathology of the possessed -- High-functioning -- Yale will not save you -- The choice of children -- On the ward -- The slender man, the nothing, and me -- Reality, on screen -- John Doe, psychosis -- Perdition days -- L'appel du vide -- Chimayó -- Beyond the hedge.
Summary, etc.: "Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esmé Weijun Wang writes not just to her fellow members of the 'collected schizophrenias' but to those who wish to understand it as well. Opening with the journey toward her diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, Wang discusses the medical community's own disagreement about labels and procedures for diagnosing those with mental illness, and then follows an arc that examines the manifestations of schizophrenia in her life. In essays that range from using fashion to present as high-functioning to the depths of a rare form of psychosis, and from the failures of the higher education system and the dangers of institutionalization to the complexity of compounding factors such as PTSD and Lyme disease, Wang's analytical eye, honed as a former lab researcher at Stanford, allows her to balance research with personal narrative"-- Publisher's description.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 February #2
    *Starred Review* According to the National Institute of Mental Health, schizophrenia afflicts 1.1-percent of the American adult population. In this moving memoir about "broken brains," Wang, a self-described overachieving daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, reveals that she was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder eight years after experiencing her first hallucinations. It is terrifying when the mind loses the ability to make rational decisions, she notes. By describing her own experiences and referring to pop culture, from such films as The Exorcist and Lucy to such books as Joan Didion's Blue Nights and Sylvia Nasar's A Beautiful Mind, Wang makes the reader feel what it's like to "lose" your mind and its frightening consequences (she was hospitalized against her will on three occasions). But she also had to overcome her culture's reticence about mental illness ("We don't talk about these things," her mother said). Worse, Wang observes that the only time she sees schizophrenics in the news is when they commit mass shootings or other acts of horrific violence. She also discusses how she compensates for her condition. Working for someone else in a high-stress environment (she uses McDonald's as an example), she would "rapidly begin to decompensate," but allowing her to work for herself "exerts less pressure on my mind." An invaluable work. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of The Border of Paradise. She received the Whiting Award in 2018 and was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists of 2017. She holds an MFA from the University of Michigan and lives in San Francisco.

Subject: Schizophrenics > United States > Biography.
Schizophrenia > Case studies.
Genre: Autobiographies.
Essays.
Nonfiction.

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