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3.34 out of 53.34 out of 53.34 out of 53.34 out of 53.34 out of 5 3.34 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacki Lyden Narrator: Jacki Lyden Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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As a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, Jacki Lyden has spent her adult life on the frontlines in some of the most dangerous war zones in the world. Her childhood was a war zone of a different kind. Her mother suffered from what we now call manic-depression; when Jacki was a child in a small Midwestern town, her mother was simply called crazy. Jacki would return home from grade school to find her mother wrapped in a toga of bedsheets; with eyeliner hieroglyphics drawn on her arms and a tiara on her head. In her manic phases, she became a woman with power, Marie Antoinette or the Queen of Sheba; in real life, she was trapped in a destructive marriage to the villainous local doctor. With their mother beyond reach, her children turned to their hardscrabble grandmother, a woman who had her first child at age 14 and lost her husband in a barroom brawl.

Jacki eventually set out on her own impassioned journeys - if her mother could escape to exotic places, so would she. In her twenties she joined a low-rent rodeo. Later, as a radio journalist, she interviewed Yasir Arafat and maneuvered her way through Baghdad at the height of the Persian Gulf War, her reports from faraway lands strangely echoing her mother's travels of the mind.

Heartbreaking, hilarious, lyrical, this memoir is a mother-daughter story of the most deeply moving kind, a testimony to obstinate devotion in the face of bewildering illness. Jacki Lyden recalls her calamitous childhood with a child's aching regret and an adult's keen wisdom. Daughter of the Queen of Sheba is an irresistibly compelling tale of 2 women with a scrappy genius for survival. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/2/2014

    " Amazing story of living with a mentally ill mother, by one of my favorite NPR reporters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 2/1/2014

    " Lyden's prose tends toward the purple, but it doesn't diminish the power of her memoir. Tough, tender, funny, but always and ultimately heart-breaking. Even the "happy ending" (Mom finally starts taking Lithium and stabilizes) is tinged with sadness, testimony to the fact that with mental illness there are no easy answers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/27/2014

    " This is an emotional book ... The fact that it's true makes it even more tough to read. I thought it was a bit disjointed in sections, but her Mom was such an interesting person that it made it worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelly | 1/17/2014

    " Book #39 for 2011 - I had the hardest time reading this memoir written by a daughter of a manic depressive (bipolar) mother. I have read other books of the same variety (and enjoyed them) but this book really dragged me down into the pit of bipolar disorder. I also was not a big fan of the author's writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 1/12/2014

    " This should be better than it is. Maybe I've read too many memoirs about family and mental illness, but this one is just boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 1/11/2014

    " There were so many times I identified with what Lyden describes about her life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 1/10/2014

    " I didn't actually finish this book so maybe my 2 star rating isn't fair, but it just didn't hold my interst. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney Milford | 12/31/2013

    " Crazy mom books are always cheering! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 12/16/2013

    " The writing in this book is incredible. Jacki Lyden tells the story of her mother's mental illness with all of the rage, confusion, and love intact. Beautifully done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hue | 12/10/2013

    " A splendid book. Jacki Lyden is an amazing writer and daughter to her bipolar mother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/2/2013

    " memoir of growing up with Manic Depressive mom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 11/25/2013

    " Rereading. Some things have a place and time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 10/27/2013

    " Read in 2001? Jeanne's book discussion group. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 10/15/2013

    " Poetic, heart-wrenching memoir from the NPR reporter about her life--especially her relationship with her mother, a beautiful, energetic, driven woman who suffers from manic-depression. Like, The Glass Palace, this book made me feel like my life and my family were/are incredibly normal. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joan Wolkerstorfer | 9/5/2013

    " It didn't really hold my interest, unfortunately. I preferred the first-person perspective of "An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness" by Kay Redfield Jamison for insight on bipolar disorder. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia Jackson | 5/19/2013

    " Honestly I'm not going to finish. This book comes highly recommended so I'm sure it's great, just not my cup of tea. I don't read memoirs often, maybe I just don't like them. Or maybe this one just didn't click with me in any way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 2/6/2013

    " the blessing is also the curse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten | 11/28/2012

    " I remember loving this when I read it. I do believe it begins strong and disolves a bit in the end....but if you have lived with a mentally ill parent who just so happens to have believe in make believe, it makes you say "Ah, yes." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/5/2012

    " Another book about a mentally ill mother. The author is an NPR commentator and her memoir is written beautifully. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 6/17/2012

    " This book gives a startling insight what it is like to live with a mother who has bipolar 1 which used to be called manic depression. At times, it made me cry for the children. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 5/5/2012

    " I listen to the author on NPR, so I picked up this memoir that focuses on her mentally ill mother. At times the prose left me feeling a bit crazy myself, with metaphors that made no sense to me and sections where the present and the past seemed to be all mixed together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 2/5/2012

    " Ohh did I ever love this book. Its a true story about growing up with a mother who is manic depressive. It told bravely and with humor by Jacki Lyden. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Book Concierge | 1/23/2012

    " This memoir of living with a bi-polar mother was just too difficult to get through. I had read "The Glass Castle" earlier in the year and found that more to my liking. I didn't finish this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberlyn | 9/16/2011

    " NPR correspondant writes a memoir of her life in Menomenee, WI and her mother's bi-polar illness. Very interesting with an entertaining writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Indra | 7/1/2011

    " Beautiful, gut-wrenching, exhausting, heartbreaking and always interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hildy | 4/16/2011

    " You won't be able to put this book down! It explains how people unravel mentally, but with the insight of a close observer. It makes you understand a lot of people and their situations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 2/16/2011

    " This should be better than it is. Maybe I've read too many memoirs about family and mental illness, but this one is just boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/4/2010

    " Poetic, heart-wrenching memoir from the NPR reporter about her life--especially her relationship with her mother, a beautiful, energetic, driven woman who suffers from manic-depression. Like, The Glass Palace, this book made me feel like my life and my family were/are incredibly normal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kiki | 9/26/2009

    " Wow! Beautifully written. What a tragic story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberlyn | 8/12/2009

    " NPR correspondant writes a memoir of her life in Menomenee, WI and her mother's bi-polar illness. Very interesting with an entertaining writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 4/10/2009

    " This book gives a startling insight what it is like to live with a mother who has bipolar 1 which used to be called manic depression. At times, it made me cry for the children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 4/5/2009

    " memoir of growing up with Manic Depressive mom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/22/2009

    " This is an emotional book ... The fact that it's true makes it even more tough to read. I thought it was a bit disjointed in sections, but her Mom was such an interesting person that it made it worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 2/13/2009

    " Honestly I'm not going to finish. This book comes highly recommended so I'm sure it's great, just not my cup of tea. I don't read memoirs often, maybe I just don't like them. Or maybe this one just didn't click with me in any way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 F Tessa | 1/22/2009

    " This memoir of living with a bi-polar mother was just too difficult to get through. I had read "The Glass Castle" earlier in the year and found that more to my liking. I didn't finish this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 1/6/2009

    " Her mother's madness and that comes with it: the glory and suspension of disbelief, the ups and downs, the slippery slope. She is a master at describing the emeshing without sounding judgemental or harsh. Just descriptive and , to me, a little heartbreaking and encouraging all at once. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 12/9/2008

    " I listen to the author on NPR, so I picked up this memoir that focuses on her mentally ill mother. At times the prose left me feeling a bit crazy myself, with metaphors that made no sense to me and sections where the present and the past seemed to be all mixed together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Indra | 11/23/2008

    " Beautiful, gut-wrenching, exhausting, heartbreaking and always interesting. "

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