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Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl Hardcover – January 31, 2011
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It might well save their lives.
Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl by Stacy Pershall is an ambitious book. And, for the most part, it achieves what it sets out to do.
The book follows Pershall's continuing struggles with borderline personality disorder, anorexia, bulimia, and multiple suicide attempts. It attempts not only to tell her personal story, but to examine borderline personality disorder in a broader context, as well as examine closely how Pershall finally finds a way to heal through a type of behavioral therapy and tattooing.
Unfortunately, there aren't enough pages in the book to do everything well, and the inclusion of so much technical information ultimately diluted the story.
Pershall's personal story is compelling nonetheless, especially for any young girl who's ever had body issues, thought she was ugly, stupid, not good enough, or too weird to have many friends.
She explains her situation in the beginning of the book, and introduces dialectical behavior therapy (one of the only proven methods to treat and control borderline personality disorder) and the way getting tattoos has given her a way to reclaim her body and make it her own.
After the introduction, I expected Pershall to spend more time on her tattoos, and especially looked forward to the moment she discovered tattooing would finally give her power over her own self (because you do absolutely want to see Pershall succeed and take control of her life).
That moment never came. She tells us about it, but we never get to see it, and that was the book's biggest disappointment for me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great memoir from a woman who has BPD and actually sought help. I really enjoyed this read!Published 4 days ago by Pacific Practitioner
This book is a very raw expose on life as experienced by one who has BPD. Stacy's honesty was helpful in understanding the condition. Read morePublished 3 months ago by endurex4
Purchased for a family member who said it did give very much advice on how to deal with someone struggling.Published 6 months ago by RT
I was eager to read this book but found it to be fair, at best. I felt it was disorganized in many parts.Published 6 months ago by CJ
Some of the descriptions of what it's like to self-harm were right on the mark.The most important point for me was the description of being held hostage by your own self-hatred. Read morePublished 9 months ago by hedgehog
I couldn't" put this book down. Though I didn't have as intense responses to situations and pain she went through, I could relate to all her feelings. Read morePublished 9 months ago by patricia seeger