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Author: Jessie Close, Pete Earley Narrator: Jessie Close, Glenn Close Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781478924531
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A memoir by Glenn Close’s sister Jessie about the challenges of living with severe bipolar disorder, with chapters by Glenn Close

The Close sisters are descended from very prominent and wealthy ancestors. When the Close sisters were very young, their parents joined a cult called the MRA, or Moral Rearmament. The family was suddenly uprooted to a cult school in Switzerland and, ultimately, to the Belgian Congo where their father became a surgeon in the war ravaged republic and ultimately the personal physician to President Mobutu. Shortly after the girls returned to the United States for boarding school, Jessie first started to exhibit symptoms of severe bipolar disorder. She would later learn that this ran in the family, a well-kept secret. Jessie embarked on a series of destructive marriages as the condition worsened. Glenn was always by her side throughout. Jessie’s mental illness was passed on to her son, Calen. It wasn’t until Calen entered McLean’s psychiatric hospital that Jessie herself was diagnosed. Fifteen years and twelve years of sobriety later, Jessie is a stable and productive member of society. Glenn continues to be the major support in Jessie’s life.

In Resilience, the sisters share their story of triumphing over Jessie’s illness. The book is written in Jessie’s voice with running commentary and an epilogue written by Glenn.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “She has lived a life that even at her worst was spellbinding, and it’s a definitely-worth-the-read memoir.”

    USA Today

  • “[A] clarifying, ultimately heartening memoir.”

    Barnes&, editorial review

  • “In a heartfelt journey through self-destructive manic-depressive states, Close chronicles her journey to recovery and activism with the help of actress Glenn Close, her older sister.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Stick with this memoir…it is written chronologically, giving readers all the ups and downs of a life affected with a bipolar disorder.”

    Library Journal

  • “It’s obvious that this is no ordinary memoir…Close is telling her story to the world in hopes of removing the stigma from mental illness. It’s a story well worth reading.”


  • “An honest tale of living with bipolar disorder…The author begins slowly as she outlines her maternal and paternal lineages, but her story quickly escalates into a harrowing ride for readers unaccustomed to the ups and downs of someone living with a mental disorder…The book is packed with emotion and courageous personal reflections.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[Jessie’s] sincere, no-holds-barred narration describing her struggle with mental illness is mesmerizing…Jessie’s riveting autobiographical account of life with this disease provides a long overdue advocacy for its social awareness. Sister Glenn, in a cameo format, provides her own account of various periods in Jessie’s life. This compelling performance by both sisters brings attention to the living with, and treatment of, mental illness.”


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About the Author

Jessie Close is an internationally recognized speaker, author, poet, and advocate for mental health reform. She is the author of The Warping of Al and she writes a regular blog for Bring Change 2 Mind, an anti-stigma organization that her sister, Glenn, created at her request. She lives with bipolar disorder in the foothills of the Tobacco Root Mountains outside Bozeman, Montana, with her service dog, Snitz, and three other dogs.

About the Narrator

Glenn Close is best known for her many Oscar-nominated roles in film, including the psychotic mistress in Fatal Attraction and in an Emmy-winning role on FX’s Damages. In her career she has been Oscar-nominated five times, won three Tony awards, an Obie, three Emmys, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.