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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (434 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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