A post or two ago, I mentioned that I met Nancy Rappaport–author of In Her Wake–which is a memoir. The book covers the taboo subject of suicide. When she was only four years old her mother took an overdose, leaving her and her five other siblings motherless. The constant yearning (that persists even today) to understand the tragic loss of her mother is what led Dr. Rappaport to write this memoir.
She has even made her profession about helping the mentally ill, depressed, and all of the other people who just need someone to talk to, as a psychiatrist. The memoir is speckled with professional anecdotes, which relate to her own journey to understand and to cope.
For me, the book is a little too cluttered with facts surrounding her mother’s suicide. There are newspaper articles and court goings-on transcribed and excerpts from a novel her mother was writing at the time of her death. The book takes a very practical and thoroughly researched tone, but when she gets into the stories of her patients and how they relate to her own journey, her personality and plight really shine through.
I would recommend this to anyone interested in psychology and anyone who has dealt with suicide or suicide attempts. Don’t worry it’s not a total downer! She can be very witty. Click here to go to her website and learn more about it.