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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (553 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kay Redfield Jamison Narrator: Renée Raudma Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the internationally acclaimed author of An Unquiet Mind comes a haunting meditation on mortality, grief, and loss.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The great gift Jamison offers here, beyond her honesty and the beauty of her writing, is perspective: a cleared-eyed view of illness and death, sanity and insanity, love and grief…To write the truth with such passion and grace is remarkable enough. To do this in loving memory of a partner is tribute indeed.”

    Washington Post

  • “A unique account, filled with exquisitely wrought nuances of emotion, of her husband’s death…In her brilliant explication distinguishing between madness and grief, her battle to remain sane is as stirring as his to beat cancer.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A 2009 Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/19/2014

    " I read her earlier memoirs about her illness and found them compelling- this one was sad but (sorry) not so interesting to a person who wasn't in love with her husband. Skimmed most of the end... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michale | 2/14/2014

    " A touching memoir of Jamison's marriage, the subsequent death of her husband, and her journey through grief. An expert on bipolar illness, Jamison "came out" as a sufferer, a decision that was widely supported by her peers. I found her assertion that grief is less debilitating than depression astonishingly comforting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James | 2/13/2014

    " A thoughtful exploration of love and grief--particularly the differences between grief and depression. A powerful view that deepened my understanding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diana | 2/11/2014

    " The famous psychiatric author (and patient) writes about her life with her husband, his illness, and life after his death. Not as engaging as I'd thought it would be after reading the reviews. "

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