Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl

Loud in the House of Myself Memoir of a Strange Girl An utterly unique journey down some of the mind s mysterious byways ranges from the shocking to the simply lovely Marya Hornbacher Stacy Pershall grew up depressed and too smart for her own good a de

  • Title: Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl
  • Author: Stacy Pershall
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • An utterly unique journey down some of the mind s mysterious byways ranges from the shocking to the simply lovely Marya Hornbacher Stacy Pershall grew up depressed and too smart for her own good, a deeply strange girl in Prairie Grove, Arkansas population 1,000 , where the prevailing wisdom was that Jesus healed all From her days as a thirteen year old Je An utterly unique journey down some of the mind s mysterious byways ranges from the shocking to the simply lovely Marya HornbacherStacy Pershall grew up depressed and too smart for her own good, a deeply strange girl in Prairie Grove, Arkansas population 1,000 , where the prevailing wisdom was that Jesus healed all From her days as a thirteen year old Jesus freak, through a battle with anorexia and bulimia, her first manic episode at eighteen, and the eventual diagnosis of bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, this spirited and at times mordantly funny memoir chronicles Pershall s journey through hell several breakdowns and suicide attempts and her struggle with the mental health care system After her 2001 suicide attempt, broadcast live on a Webcam, Pershall realized the need to heal her mind and body She found a revolutionary cure Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and a new mood stabilizing medication She also met a tattoo artist and discovered the healing power of body modification By giving over her skin and enduring the physical pain, she learned about the true nature of trust.

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    1. Rarely do I land upon a book that changes me as a mother but, then came Loud in the House of Myself aka LITHOM.As a mother of a girl who is already struggling with body image at age eight, who is also intensely emotional and creative, I found that it was initially excruciating to read the details of what this young girl experienced. Stacy as a child was just too familiar. I had to stop reading for a while because it was too painful to idly sit and watch this tormented young girl unravel under th [...]

    2. I read this book for the book club Diversity in All Forms! If you would like to participate in our discussions here is the link:/topic/show/I really enjoyed this book. As a special education teacher that deals with a large majority of students with mental health issues, this book was absolutely fascinating to me. I not only learned more about bulimia and anorexia, but also about borderline personality disorder and bipolar. The author did a great job at sharing her story, and I love reading auto [...]

    3. Ten years ago I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Since then, I have often been in and out of therapy. I've tried various techniques to regulate my moods. What worked best for me, however, were words. Words are important to me, and by reading and learning about BPD, I was able to articulate my feelings.I've read many books on the subject, probably all of which were written by therapists. Some I stepped back in amazement from, asking how they knew so much about me. Others were c [...]

    4. I'm more than a little embarrassed to admit that I've known Stacy for 10 years and only just finished reading her lovely memoir yesterday. My delay in reading her work is no indicator of its quality-- just a reflection of my own laziness and terrible reading habits. That said, it was such a pleasure to read the final product after following Stacy's journey to get this memoir published. As a reader of her Livejournal, I was fortunate enough to read occasional excerpts of the book, along with her [...]

    5. When I checked this out at the library, the librarian scanning my books perked up. "Oh, I read this one," she said. (This conversation, by the way, was odd in and of itself; the librarians all recognise me but rarely comment on my reading choices.)"Was it good?" I asked.She made a face. "It waswell, she's really kind of crazy," she said.That was, of course, precisely the reason that I was reading this book in the first place, but I didn't say that. In any case, the librarian was pretty much corr [...]

    6. My favorite thing about Loud in the House of Myself was the title. When I first saw this book, I knew I would love it. A memoir on mental illness, by a “strange girl,” with such a good title? I was eager to get my hands on it. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this book very much and honestly found it a bit annoying. Memoirists don’t have the luxury of manufacturing fascinating life events to make the real story more interesting; instead, the reader is drawn to the author rather than the sto [...]

    7. Intelligent, witty, brilliant, heartbreaking, hilarious, hard-to-fathom and hitting home too. If you grew up in a small town in the 80's and were/are even the least bit weird or quirkyis is one GREAT read! It's another one I read slowly, because it's that good. Pershall is an excellent wordsmith and captivating with her story. She's bold enough to not only "come out" with mental illness but do a great deal to help the reader understand it and remove the stigma associated with it. This book is gr [...]

    8. Wow. I read it in one night. Impossible to put down. Smart and articulate and heartbreaking, like all books should be.

    9. Thank you Stacy for writing such a poetic, wonderful, hearbreakingly truthful memoir about mental illness. It's something that doesn't get talked about enough.

    10. I don't need to write my autobiography. I just read it. Sure, there are some differences from my own story, but it hits so close as to be chilling. I, like the author, found my way via tattoos and DBT. I'm not sure how someone without at least one the diagnoses would see the book as what makes the book good are the moments I found myself reading exactly what I would do, how I would react, seeing myself outside myself. This isn't intentionally vague, it's just one of those books you either "get" [...]

    11. Very unsatisfying. This book has many flaws and they make it hard to read and relate. I wish she could have reflected on the cause and effect factor, because she only lists what happened as facts and not really describe how she felt about the situation or how it may have changed her. She describes DBT as what saved her, but she never went into detail regarding the emotional process she went through. I think she took advantage of being crazy and used it as a crutcher life. I wanted to like her, b [...]

    12. Excerpt:“It is embarrassing to admit that I didn’t begin [healing] until the age of thirty-four, when after a breakdown I began to get my life together through medication, therapy, and tattooing. Borderline means you’re one of those girls who walk around wearing long sleeves in the summer because you’ve carved up your forearms over your boyfriend. You make pathetic suicidal gestures and write bad poetry about them, listen to Ani DiFranco albums on endless repeat, end up in the emergency [...]

    13. There's a particular quote that I like while reading this book. Its on page 90."Never forget the place you left, and when you return, tell stories of other lands."

    14. Loud in the House of Myself didn't click with me, didn't ring quite true. There's a focus on shock value here; the book is basically a laundry list of the most awful scenes from her life. Normally I wouldn't fault Pershall for that, considering the genre and the mental health issues involved, but she uses the book like a spotlight on her very worst moments, illuminating them in a way that seems like she's perversely proud of them, and uses only a couple pages at the end to skim over the recovery [...]

    15. Loud in the House of Myself is an honest, riveting account of one young woman's spiral down into anorexia bulimia, with the later diagnosis of borderline personality disorder.Stacy Pershall details in an unsentimental, harrowing fashion how absolutely logical it was for her to engage in eating and purging rituals depending on the hour of the day and whether she could fit into a certain pair of forest green pants.Her salvation came with DBT or dialectical behavior therapy and body modification vi [...]

    16. Excellent and fully believable for the first half. Pershall embodies all of her neuroses perfectly in her prose, and I say this from someone who, in some ways, has "been there." The problem is that by the time the reader gets 2/3 of the way through the book, he or she is looking for some kind of progress. There needs to be a reason for writing this book, some kind of path to redemption or at least a wiser understand of self and the world. Instead, Pershall keeps up the book's frenetic pace at th [...]

    17. Ms. Pershall refers first to her anorexia and bulimia and later to the other manifestations of her mental illness as "the bad dog". There is a bad dog nipping at the heels of someone I love, and this book provided me with invaluable insight and perception.Thank you, Stacy Pershall.In this book Ms. Pershall describes in beautiful and heart-wrenching detail her struggles with various mental illnesses and how she learned to live with them. She is not cured - but she found a way to be a (mostly) hap [...]

    18. This is a book that resonated with me on a visceral level. As a sufferer of depression and a past anorexic, reading Stacy Pershall's story was like reading bits of my own. Her fight and her issues were so much worse than mine, yet she came out of it with humor and dignity -- and at several points in her life, dignity wasn't even showing its face.I underlined and marked up this book on so many pages. I don't know how well someone will like it if they don't understand bipolar, depression, or suici [...]

    19. I throughly enjoyed Stacey Pershall's Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl, a darkly humorous and deeply honest account of the author's struggles with eating disorders and mental illness. Pershall recounts how she fought her way out of an oppressive small town environment and found that this in itself didn't fix her, and the downward spiral that happened in the aftermath of this realization. Her self-deprecation and excellent turn of phrase help to make her memoirs relatable to [...]

    20. This is an inspiring, wrenching and deeply funny memoir of a "strange girl" (in her own words). Stacy Pershall recounts her struggle with mental illness and eating disorders, and explains how tattooing and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) helped her triumph. A must-read for any girl who's ever felt like she didn't fit in or didn't measure up.

    21. Fantastic and unflinching. Pershall captures what it's like to live with a brain that betrays you at every turn. Here's how I know she's healing: she's found the gray in between black and white thinking. Loved it.

    22. This book is such an honest reflection of a creative mind dealing with mental illness. You wonder how she will survive, but you are rooting for her the whole time.

    23. Stacy Pershall teve dificuldade em crescer em sua pequena cidade de Arkansas, balançando entre altos e baixos, incrivelmente inteligente, e lutando contra anorexia e bulimia. Não era até seu primeiro episódio maníaco depressivo aos 18 anos de idade, quando ela foi diagnosticada com transtornos de personalidade bipolares e limítrofes, e uma tentativa de suicídio, em 2001, a colocou em um curso de recuperação. Seu livro – espirituoso, honesto e com pitadas de humor negro – descreve su [...]

    24. One of my favorites. I've met Stacy a few times and she is the most wonderful, positive, unique person. This memoir is interesting, captivating, and a great look inside one example of mental illness.

    25. Stacy grew up in small-town Arkansas, born the first child of a truck driver father and a stay-at-home mother seemingly obsessed with her youngest son. Being more on the artistic side than the athletic, Stacy was deemed an outcast among her peers early on in their school careers, most likely contributing to the onset of a very long battle with anorexia and bulimia. Misdiagnosed and mistreated most of her life, Stacy struggled with bipolar tendencies, as well as borderline personality disorder. T [...]

    26. This was a very interesting read. I have personally never had experience with an eating disorder or mental illness, so it was interesting to read the perspective of a person that has dealt with both. Pershall does not leave any details out, or so I would assume. She does not in any way shape or form sugarcoat her experiences which I appreciate because it makes it easier to try and imagine what is going on in her head during her manic episodes. I also like that although there are various dark mom [...]

    27. So much has already been said about this book. I liked reading it, although certain behavior really freaked me out, like the dog-bowl on the floor of the closet. I'm not gonna lie: I thought: 'Wow-she's CRAZY-crazy!'. The one thing that no one touched on (or maybe they did-I couldn't possibly read all of the reviews) is that there were times when her actions were so maddening and exhausting that it made me consider this: If someone close to you is mentally ill, how much are you supposed to endur [...]

    28. The subtitle of this book by Stacy Pershall is “Memoir of a Strange Girl.” Hey, I think, I’m a strange girl. I open the cover and the inside flap of the dust cover reads:“Stacy Pershall grew up as an overly intelligent, depressed, deeply strange girl in Prairie Grove, Arkansas…”Holy shit! Prairie Grove is literally spitting distance from my hometown, Fayetteville. She grew up there in the 1970s, which is the same time I was growing up here in Fayetteville (and other small towns aroun [...]

    29. An incredibly brutal tale of one woman’s continuous experience with the life altering disease known as ‘bipolar disorder’. It is a roller coaster ride of mistakes and heart break that leads the reader on one hell of a journey; that forces the realness of mental illness onto the open pages of a book. The story is about a woman named Stacy Pershall and the readers are introduced to her through the eyes of a crazed child. The author describes what was going on inside the mind of an undiagnose [...]

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