Mockingbird Years: A Life In And Out Of Therapy

Mockingbird Years A Life In And Out Of Therapy During my years as a patient I felt a guilty and unshakeable conviction that I was completely sane Of course my notion that patients were expected to be crazy was a na ve one but I had swallowed wh

  • Title: Mockingbird Years: A Life In And Out Of Therapy
  • Author: Emily Fox Gordon
  • ISBN: 9780465027286
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback
  • During my years as a patient, I felt a guilty and unshakeable conviction that I was completely sane Of course, my notion that patients were expected to be crazy was a na ve one, but I had swallowed whole the ideology that connects madness to beauty of spirit In fact, I wasn t interested in being happier, but in growing poignantly, becomingly, meaningfully unhappy During my years as a patient, I felt a guilty and unshakeable conviction that I was completely sane Of course, my notion that patients were expected to be crazy was a na ve one, but I had swallowed whole the ideology that connects madness to beauty of spirit In fact, I wasn t interested in being happier, but in growing poignantly, becomingly, meaningfully unhappy Here, in her own words, is Emily Fox Gordon, therapy veteran, sometime mental patient, and a prize winning essayist whose writing Rosellen Brown has praised as acute and engaging a combination of wit, rigor and deep feeling In this astounding memoir, she tells the story of her therapeutic education, marked by no fewer than five therapists before she turned seventeen At eighteen, after a half hearted suicide attempt, Gordon, mired in adolescent angst, began a three year sojourn at the prestigious Austen Riggs sanitarium It was at Riggs that Gordon was rescued by the maverick psychoanalyst Leslie Farber Beautifully crafted, and startling in its observations of the therapeutic enterprise, Mockingbird Years is an auspicious debut by a major new talent.

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    487 thoughts on “Mockingbird Years: A Life In And Out Of Therapy”

    1. This memoir describes the author's extensive time in therapy, including three years at Riggs, a posh mental hospital. She believes that she was never that unbalanced to begin with, and that her years of therapy actually delayed her maturity and reinforced her tendency to neediness and self-absorption. The way she describes her younger self, I can believe it. That was my main problem with this book. I really didn't like her. Sure, everyone is immature when they are young. And I give her credit fo [...]


    2. What a disappointment. While Gordon chronicles her experiences from her teenage years through adulthood of therapy and inpatient psychiatric care, the novel mostly centers on her specific interactions with two of her therapists. I spent the majority of the novel trying to determine the author's diagnosis as she does not appear to have one yet spent years in and out of therapy. There are pages dissecting psychologic theory in a dry and uninspiring voice (and I have a degree in psychology and enjo [...]


    3. So many other books in this genre that were so much better. Starting with "I never promised you a rose garden." or "The Bell Jar".


    4. I did not finish this book. I got about halfway through, but lost interest. Emily's writing is rather dry in my opinion. I didn't like the jumping around she did in her stories, but I did like some of them.




    5. Okay, some people are crazy, or, that is, they suffer from emotional extremes--this girl is just apolitical & self-indulgent. She was so selfish she wasted the 60s--&that vaunted, worshipped academic of a shrink of hers didn't help matters w/his paternalism. Still, it was interesting & well written enough.


    6. If one wanted to read something by Emily Fox Gordon I much more highly recommend "Book of Days." You can get essentially the same story as this memoir but in a better format of writing for her. While I do think Emily Fox Gordon is gifted writer the subject of her own life wasn't very interesting to me.


    7. Emily had quite a childhood journey. Though this book chronicles her therapists, it's a strange trip through the 60's, leaving home, marriage, a child, drugs. She was able to conquer so many of her demons, and gain a writing career. A great read.


    8. I enjoyed this book about as much as one can enjoy reading about someone else's experiences in therapy. It was self-indulgent at times, though how could it not be. It did have some interesting insights, though.


    9. page 33: I ran my 3 year old hands along those smooth wall, my eyes tightly shut, muttering, "a rooster, a rooster, a rooster." Another child might have counted the roosters. For me it was enough to repeat the name, over and over.


    10. I am not sure if the author really worked on herself during her years in and out of therapy. I found myself skipping paragraphs and parts of chapters.






    11. I forced myself through this book; there were glimmering moments of enjoyment, but I found it to be an unsatisfying read on the whole. I wish that were not the case.


    12. Couldn't put this book down. I saw this book while looking for memoirs on a book site and bought it because I have been in and out of therphy myself for nineteen years.



    13. I thought the book would be more of a discussion about therapy. was more of a memoir about the author which I really wasn't interested in.


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