Recommended by Carrie
A Memoir of Insanity is just how it sounds. Written by Mark Vonnegut, Kurt Vonnegut’s son, this book is a mesmerizing tale of a trip into psychosis. It begins in the late 60s and early 70s when Mark graduates from college. Frustrated with the “American Way,” he packs up his girlfriend and his dog and heads to Vancouver to start a farm commune deep in isolation. What happens next is both horrifying and fascinating. Mark heads full force into his first psychotic break. His memory of the event is quite intact, leaving the reader feeling almost a part of his insanity. What follows is Mark’s experience with his mental illness. Patterns of health followed by a descent into madness. This is a must read, especially for anyone interested in the mental health field. It does not read like a boring textbook, listing symptoms like a Diagnostic Manual. This book takes you into the mind of someone desperately struggling with Schizophrenia. I couldn’t put it down.