Strangers to Ourselves
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From the publisher
New York Times Book Review Top 10 Books of the Year
‘Captures with subtlety and empathy the honest reality of mental illness’ The Times
There are stories that save us, and stories that trap us, and in the midst of an illness it can be very hard to know which is which…
Strangers to Ourselves shares the experiences of five people who have come up against the limits of psychiatric explanations for who they are. It asks, do the stories we tell around mental illness affect its course, its outcomes, even our identities?
Drawing on in-depth reporting, written testimonies and formative events in her own childhood, award-winning New Yorker writer Rachel Aviv offers a subtle, compassionate, revelatory account of how we understand ourselves in periods of crisis and distress.
‘Aviv finds language for the most ineffable registers of human experience’ Wall Street Journal
‘Profoundly intelligent… superbly written portraits’ Guardian
A best book of the year in the Los Angeles Times, Time, Washington Post, New Yorker, and Vogue