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    Show Me All Your Scars

    True Stories of Living with Mental Illness

    20 FASCINATING JOURNEYS THROUGH MADNESS

    What do you do when your father kills himself, or your mother is committed to a psych ward, or your daughter starts hearing voices telling her to harm herself--or when you yourself start hearing such voices? 

    Addressing bipolar disorder, OCD, trichillomania, self-harm, PTSD, and other diagnoses, these original true stories vividly depict the difficulties and sorrows--and sometimes, too, the unexpected and surprising rewards--of living with mental illness. 

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    Oh, Baby!

    True Stories About Conception, Adoption, Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Labor, and Love

    In these 23 original stories, mothers and fathers from all walks of life--straight, gay, single, surrogate, biological, adoptive--explore the challenges and rewards of parenthood.

    Here, among other adventures, they fall hopelessly in love with newborns, secretly fear having made huge mistakes, race to finish birthing at home before the paramedics arrive, struggle with the bureaucracy of international adoption, despair of ever getting a one-year-old to nap, are nearly broken by colic, encounter other judge-y parents in birthing class, learn how to parent children with special needs, and more.

    Together, these thoughtful, searing, often hilarious essays map the grand (and sometimes terrifying) journey that begins with each new life.

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    Same Time Next Week

    True Stories of Working Through Mental Illness

    In any given year, one in four Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental illness--and yet there is still a significant stigma attached to being labeled as "mentally ill." We hear about worse-case scenarios, but in many--maybe even most--cases, there is much room for hope.

    The 18 frank, often intimate true stories collected in Same Time Next Week highlight the need for empathy and compassion between therapist and patient, and argues for a system that encourages human connection rather than diagnosis by checklist.

    "Hope for those seeking help." - Booklist

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    True Stories, Well Told

    from the First 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction Magazine

    "Whether inducing tears or raucous laughter, all the pieces are inviting, inquisitive and attentive—and sure to spark plenty of imaginations." - Kirkus Review

    "Intelligent, polished, surprising essays that will have you wiping away tears one moment, laughing out loud the next. An indispensable resource for writers, teachers, and those who simply love to read true stories, well told." - Dinty W. Moore

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    I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out

    True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

    This collection of true narratives reflects the dynamism and diversity of nurses, who provide the first vital line of patient care.

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    At the End of Life

    True Stories About How We Die

    The modern healthcare system has become proficient at staving off death with aggressive interventions. And yet, eventually everyone diesand although most Americans say they would prefer to die peacefully at home, more than half of all deaths take place in hospitals or health care facilities. At the End of Life tackles this conundrum head on. These twenty-two compelling personal-medical narratives explore death, dying and palliative care, and reveal the inner workings of a system in which doctors, patients and their loved ones battle to hang onand to let go. 

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Show Me All Your Scars

Edited by Lee Gutkind

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Oh, Baby!

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Same Time Next Week

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True Stories, Well Told

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I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out

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Excerpts

Stories That Must Be Told

Show Me All Your Scars

Patrick J. Kennedy

Inside these pages, you will meet 20 people who are living with mental illness. Be prepared to recognize yourself. Expect to meet someone just like a person you love. Through the stories that follow, you will reach new levels of empathy and understanding for the full range of human experience. With exceptionally beautiful prose, the writers who have contributed their stories to Show Me All Your Scars bring us inside their daily lives with unprecedented intimacy and clarity. Their stories... more

Writing Away the Stigma

Show Me All Your Scars

Lee Gutkind

A couple of years ago, an episode of 60 Minutes featured mothers from a support group for families confronting mental illness. One of them told journalist Scott Pelley about a letter she had received from an attorney representing her neighbors; they were requesting that she keep her mentally ill son in the house. Another mother observed that when her teenaged daughter came home from cancer treatment the family received casseroles and friendly visits and offers of support from neighbors and... more

States of Permanence and Impermanence

Oh, Baby!

Suzanne Farrell Smith

Foam isn’t a substance so much as a state of being. When pockets of gas are caught in a liquid or solid, you get foam. It can be dense, like yoga mats, Halloween masks, and swimming noodles, or light, like flame retardant or the head of a beer. Aside from high-school chemistry class, I’ve never given foam much thought. Not until now, anyway, as I sit on a foam-filled leather seat in a basement medical office, waiting for my infant son to be called. Tufts of yellow foam peek... more