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If two’s company and three’s a crowd, what’s a hundred? Mayhem. In her astonishingly understated biography of life with dissociative identity disorder (DID), Noble tells a few of the more than 100 stories of her life. Born south of London to working-class parents who could not afford proper child care, Kim was left with unfit caregivers who repeatedly and brutally abused her. She gained a reputation as a chronic liar and a discipline problem of the first order. For Kim, life was a dizzying wheel of inexplicable mysteries as personalities would waltz into and out of her interior life, each making his or her own changes and keeping them a secret from the others. Even the child Kim had was news to other personalities years after her birth. Perhaps most surprising of all is that Kim (who prefers to be known as Patricia, the currently dominant personality) lives a normal life with her 14-year-old daughter. This is the best multiple-personality biography in a long time. --Donna Chavez

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"Though I cannot even begin to imagine horrors Kim faced as a child, I am struck that neither the abuse nor its devastating consequences have destroyed this woman's spirit, humor, or capacity to love. [S]he is one terrible, exquisite, and beautiful work of art."  —Independent



"[A] fascinating, moving, and frequently funny life story; we couldn't put it down."  —Sheerluxe.com



"Kim Noble is the . . . gold standard for the extreme end of dissociative identity disorder."  —John Morton, fellow of the Royal Society and professor at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of London

“A remarkable portrait of a fractured world slowly pieced together by a tenacious set of people.”  —Publishers Weekly


“[A] powerful memoir . . . deeply moving.”  —Kirkus Reviews


"This is the best multiple personality biography in a long time."  —Booklist
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; Reprint edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613744706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613744703
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I absolutely could not put this book down once I started reading it! I read the entire book in 3 days! And even after finishing the book I would go back and look over certain parts again. I thought just reading articles about this book gave me enough information but that is not true. The book is filled with so many details and important statements that make a person really think and reflect. So many times I wished that I could have protected and cared for Kim Noble the body so she and her alters would not have had to go through so much pain and confusion and heartache. I liked how most of the chapters had thoughts from the other alters (besides Patrica the dominant) so that the reader could learn more about them and their background. Before reading this book I truly thought it would be best if Kim's body could be intergrated into one. But I do understand more about DID after reading this book and how each personality has its own life essentially. I certainly would not want Patricia to ever dissappear! I can relate in that when something tragic happens to a person your mind can't bear it so it sort of hides it so you don't feel the pain as much. However; it is amazing that these different personalities can develop and each not even know about the other and have special talents such as speaking different languages. When Patricia realizes that she is an alter and that shares a body with all these different people and she wants to just scrub her body and put sand paper on her tongue was such a real, heart wrenching statement that I think anyone would think. I kept trying to put myself in her shoes and think how I would feel or how I would react. She is such a strong person!Read more ›
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This book is a compelling and quick read! It is told from the author's perspective, or more accurately, her dominant personality. The author writes with sometimes painful-to-read candor about her many years of misdiagnosis before being identified as having dissociative identity disorder. In many ways, the book reads like she is sitting across the table from the reader, sharing the story of her life. Even though I am a mental health counselor who works with sexual abuse survivors, I found it very insightful and helpful in my understanding of those living with fractures in their self-awareness.
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I am NOT a reader of books at all. I read an excerpt of this in a magazine and was interested enough to buy it.
Once i started, i couldnt put it down. It was such an intriguing read.
Well written and interesting all the way through.
If you're interested in mental illness or even if you're not, its an awesome book.
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well written. the first part of the book seemed much too long and repetitious, but it seemed to all come together at the end and I realized the why the extra details were needed.
I have followed Kim Noble on the internet for years, on Oprah and was anxious to read her book. Kim is an amazingly strong and courageous woman. I wish I could meet Kim Noble.
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This book was very well written and, no matter your viewpoint on MPD/DID, it was rather fascinating to read an account from only one of many alternate personalities. The woman is Kim Noble, but the story is about Patricia, who is her current main or dominant personality. The story is thus told in bits and pieces of her experiences, which is filled with jumps and empty spaces where she was not aware.

It sounded rather frightening to come back to awareness and find out that someone had tried to kill you and had hurt you and you not only didn't have the experience of it happening, but didn't even know why it was happening. Or that you were being punished in school for something that everyone expected you to remember what you had done, and so wouldn't actually tell you.

This book does not do the British mental health service any credit, as it takes ages for them to find out what is wrong with "Kim" as she is shuffled from hospital to hospital. Her mother seems to also have a bad experience with the medical services, as she is blinded during a procedure.

There is little info in this book regarding what actually happened to Kim, or "the body" as she is sometimes referred to so that she ended up with multiple personalities. Just snippets here and there. That might have been a good addition to the book.

It is very interesting that so many of her personalities ended up being artists. Patricia, as the current dominant, is a very likeable person and gives a compelling account of what she recalls of her life...as she knows it, since she is not aware of any of the experiences of any of the other personalities, and does not believe that any main personality even exists anymore, the "real" Kim.

Well worth reading.
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What I appreciate the most about Kim Noble's memoir is that it actually accomplishes what it says it will do and avoids sensationalism. She explains her personal story in an engaging way that doesn't rely on tell-all headlines to appeal to reader's sense of freakishness. Her portrayal of DID is her honest experience, not marred by tabloid hooks. For others who live with DID, this book offers a very realistic look at life post diagnosis.
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