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Nothing Was the Same: A Memoir
Nothing Was the Same: A Memoir
Nothing Was the Same: A Memoir
Audiobook5 hours

Nothing Was the Same: A Memoir

Written by Kay Redfield Jamison

Narrated by Renée Raudman

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

Perhaps no one but Kay Redfield Jamison-who combines the acute perceptions of a psychologist with writerly elegance and passion-could bring such a delicate touch to the subject of losing a spouse to cancer. In spare and at times strikingly lyrical prose, Jamison looks back at her relationship with her husband, Richard Wyatt, a renowned scientist who battled severe dyslexia to become one of the foremost experts on schizophrenia. And with characteristic honesty, she describes his slow surrender to cancer, her own struggle with overpowering grief, and her efforts to distinguish grief from depression.

Jamison also recalls the joy that Richard brought her during the nearly twenty years they had together. Wryly humorous anecdotes mingle with bittersweet memories of a relationship that was passionate and loving-if troubled on occasion by her manic depression-as Jamison reveals the ways in which Richard taught her to live fully through his courage and grace.

A penetrating study of grief viewed from deep inside the experience itself, Nothing Was the Same is also a deeply moving memoir by a superb writer.
PublisherTantor Audio
Release dateSep 29, 2009
Nothing Was the Same: A Memoir

Kay Redfield Jamison

Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, is the bestselling author of An Unquiet Mind, Touched with Fire, and other books. She is a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and has been named a “Hero of Medicine” by Time.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Very moving, very well written, very hard to read in parts because her grief was described so poignantly.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Moving, touching but no where near as powerful as her earlier book AN UNQUIET MIND which I suggest you read first. She is an intelligent writer.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    A moving treatise on mourning a loved one. Readers familiar with Jamison's work will appreciate her observations, yes, but even more so her excellent distinction between depression and mourning.Jamison is most eloquent when she is describing the overwhelming despair that afflicts people who suffer from any type of mental illness, but especially the one she is personally familiar with - bipolar disease otherwise known as manic depression. She is especially sharp when she acknowledges how difficult it is for others to understand depression and how frustrating it is for the sufferer to describe it.This is a beautiful book that should stand alongside of books by Joan Didion and C.S. Lewis. And if you haven't read "Unquiet Mind" by Jamison, do yourself a favor and pick it up now.