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Title:
Resilience : two sisters and a story of mental illness
Author:
Close, Jessie, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
Physical Description:
306 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary:
"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 ... Shortly after the girls returned to the US for boarding school, Jessie first started to exhibit symptoms of severe bipolar disorder, ... [embarking] on a series of destructive marriages as the condition worsened. Glenn was always by her side, going so far as to adopt Jessie's daughter when Jessie was abandoned by the child's father ... 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"--
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781455548828
Format :
Book

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At a young age, Jessie Close struggled with symptoms that would transform into severe bipolar disorder in her early twenties, but she was not properly diagnosed until the age of fifty. Jessie and her three siblings, including actress Glenn Close, spent many years in the Moral Re-Armament cult. Jessie passed her childhood in New York, Switzerland, Connecticut, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), and finally Los Angeles, where her life quickly became unmanageable. She was just fifteen years old.

Jessie's emerging mental illness led her into a life of addictions, five failed marriages, and to the brink of suicide. She fought to raise her children despite her ever worsening mental conditions and under the strain of damaged romantic relationships. Her sister Glenn and certain members of their family tried to be supportive throughout the ups and downs, and Glenn's vignettes in RESILIENCE provide an alternate perspective on Jessie's life as it began to spiral out of control. Jessie was devastated to discover that mental illness was passed on to her son Calen, but getting him help at long last helped Jessie to heal as well. Eleven years later, Jessie is a productive member of society and a supportive daughter, mother, sister, and grandmother.

In RESILIENCE, Jessie dives into the dark and dangerous shadows of mental illness without shying away from its horror and turmoil. With New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Pete Earley, she tells of finally discovering the treatment she needs and, with the encouragement of her sister and others, the emotional fortitude to bring herself back from the edge.


Author Notes

Pete Early lives near Washington, D.C.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a heartfelt journey through self-destructive manic-depressive states, Close (The Warping of Al) chronicles her journey to recovery and activism with the help of actress Glenn Close, her older sister. The author was born in Connecticut in 1953, the youngest of the four Close children. After their parents, doctor Bill and Bettina, became missionaries in the Christian evangelical group Moral Re-Armament (MRA), the family moved to the Belgian Congo in 1960, where Bill became the personal physician to Colonel Joseph Mobutu and his army. Shuttled between Africa and her mother's relatives in Greenwich, Conn., the young author stumbled into destructive behavior without much supervision, experimenting with sex and drugs; at the age of 17, her parents encouraged her to get married to an abusive boyfriend rather than "living in sin." Close moved to California; Washington, D.C.; Texas; and Wyoming, remarrying again and again and living on her trust fund. Her manic-depressive episodes remained undiagnosed into adulthood and brought out erratic behavior and heavy drinking, even as she had to care for her two sons and daughter. By the early 1990s she was having wild mood swings and suicidal thoughts, until she was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Close's story alternates with brief corroborative vignettes written by her sister in a belabored and grim memoir that will nonetheless reach its intended audience thanks to the author's famous sister and their shared nonprofit group geared toward mental health, Bring Change 2 Mind. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Stick with this memoir-a brutal story of severe bipolar disorder, by the sister of actress Glenn Close, with author Earley. It start with the lifestyle of Jessie and Glenn's parents, who were seduced into joining the Moral Re-Armament (MRA) movement. They moved to an MRA compound near Mount Kisco, NY, then to an MRA house in Switzerland, where care of families was left to surrogates while parents were brainwashed into the cult. When Jessie could cut free, she did. She describes when the indulgences began and the downswings that followed, always fed by alcohol and drugs. As the pages progress, finally, the theme of resilience emerges, and Jessie realizes her almost-adult son also exhibits mental illness. She secures care for him and then seeks treatment for herself. Glenn is supportive, while their parents never see the damage done to their family. Jessie arises from the wreck with goals intact, life clean, and a strong will to make sure this doesn't happen to others. VERDICT This will be popular in public libraries in which memoirs and mental-health issues are widely read. It is written chronologically, giving readers all the ups and downs of a life affected with a bipolar disorder. Also for fans of actress Glenn Close. [See Prepub Alert, 7/7/14.]-Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, PA (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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