Book Club - The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

Event date: 
12/03/2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
Online via Zoom

An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, The Collected Schizophrenias cuts right to the core. Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esme 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. An essay collection of undeniable power, The Collected Schizophrenias dispels misconceptions and provides insight into a condition long misunderstood.

I hope you can join us for what is sure to be an excellent discusion! We'll be pushing our meeting back to the first week in Decemeber - looking forward to discussing this one with y'all on December 3rd at 6pm. Call the shop (225-664-2255) or email michelle@cavalierhousebooks.com to be looped in to the Zoom!

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978273
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019

Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award