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Synopsis: Like William Styron in Darkness Visible, Fiona Shaw, out of her suffering, has written a valuable and haunting memoir that is also an unforgettable work of literature.
Review: In the tradition of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's classic The Yellow Wall-Paper and Emily Holmes Coleman's novel The Shutter of Snow, Fiona Shaw's Composing Myself describes her contemporary experience with postpartum depression, a condition that, according to Harvard Medical School's Mental Health Newsletter, affects 10 to 20 percent of all new mothers. Shaw's story is no less harrowing than the 19th-century accounts of treatment, which most notably included the strict imprisonment called the "bed-rest cure." Shaw's confinements, like those of the protagonist in Gilman's story, were both physical and psychological. The act of writing this book helped Shaw to survive hospitalization, drugs, electric shock therapy, anorexia, and a poignant yearlong struggle to regain her former life and reconcile buried memories from her childhood.
Title: Composing Myself: A Passage Through ...
Publisher: Steerforth Press
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Steerforth Press, 1998. Book Condition: Good. 1st American Ed. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP92368740
Book Description Steerforth Press, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used; Good. **SHIPPED FROM UK** We believe you will be completely satisfied with our quick and reliable service. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! Buy with confidence!. Bookseller Inventory # 2363608
Book Description Steerforth Press, South Royalton, VT, 1998. Paper. Book Condition: Fine in Trade Paperback. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dustjacket. First Paperback Edition. a solid copy; ---------- SATISFACTION GUARANTEED --------- FAST, COURTEOUS SERVICE ------ Size: 6 x 8". Bookseller Inventory # 052733
Book Description Steerforth Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Bookseller Inventory # 2780988520
Book Description Steerforth Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have creases on the cover and binding caused from handling and reading. Some pages may contain writing and or highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 2808742245
Book Description Steerforth Pr, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near-Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near-Fine. First U.S. Edition. Near-fine condition. NO remainder marks or price clippings. Dustcover shows light wear (NO tears). Tight spine, clean pages. NO writing or tears inside book. 213 pages. Stated First American Edition. Like William Styron in Darkness Visible, Fiona Shaw, out of her suffering, has written a valuable and haunting memoir that is also an unforgettable work of literature. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 052976
Book Description Steerforth Press, Vt, 1998. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Cover Art (illustrator). 1st. .X-Library with normal flaws.The hard cover and the jacket has light shelf wear . Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Back. Bookseller Inventory # BI 05164
Book Description Steerforth Press, South Royalton, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First American Edition. 213 pages Hardcover with dustjacket. As new. HEALTH. The memoir of a woman who suffered severe depression after the birth of her second child. (Key Words: Women's Health, Mental Health, Memoirs, England, Postpartum Depression, Psychology, Fiona Shaw). book. Bookseller Inventory # 659X1
Book Description Steerforth Press, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG1883642973
Book Description Steerforth Press, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P021883642973