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The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok



How do you survive living with someone who thinks that any given moment you will be killed, or raped? What do you if they were a gifted musician  slowly losing their grip on what is real?  What do you do if that person just happens to be your mother? Mira Bartok's memoir gives you an up close and personal view of 
what's like growing up in the 1960's with a mother who tried to jump out of the window and later diagnosed with schizophrenia.    My overall impression: I felt the author's writing was heartbreaking, poetic and profound . It seemed that she was able
to make her sorrow and pain palatable.Very difficult to read not because it was bad of course it wasn't but because she can tell you with precise detail just  where things go terribly wrong as a child , who later turns
into an adult that is helpless to save the one person she cares about the most.  The author also happens to be
a gifted artist as well so you will see artwork work included in every chapter. I recommend it but not to the faint of heart. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.  I would like to thank Free Press for giving me the book to review.  Idon't get paid to review but I am an Amazon Associate.


Marce said…
I cannot wait to read this, fabulous review. I look forward to be swept away with her writing from a heartbreaking time. I am new to memoirs but this sounds so good.
Marce said…
Do you recommend I buy this instead of reading on my Kindle? I'm asking because you stated the artwork, hmmmm, decisions.
bookaddict4real said…
Actually the art work is in black and
white so if you wanted to buy it on Kindle I don't think you would miss anything. Sorry it took so long to

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