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Although Julie Greene grew up a troubled child, mental illness did not take hold of her until she turned 22. This sickness affected all areas of her life: it changed her friendships and family relationships, her college activities, and even her ability to take care of herself. This Hunger Is Secret: My Journeys Through Mental Illness and Wellness describes Julie’s early li Although Julie Greene grew up a troubled child, mental illness did not take hold of her until she turned 22. This sickness affected all areas of her life: it changed her friendships and family relationships, her college activities, and even her ability to take care of herself. This Hunger Is Secret: My Journeys Through Mental Illness and Wellness describes Julie’s early life, her time spent at a day treatment center, her stay at a small hospital in rural Vermont, her brief hospitalization at a Massachusetts state hospital, her time at a residence at McLean Hospital, and many other experiences in--and out--of the mental health system. This is a book about hunger--a gnawing, insatiable hunger for spiritual fulfillment and love. Julie is in her fifties now; she looks back, and remembers.


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Although Julie Greene grew up a troubled child, mental illness did not take hold of her until she turned 22. This sickness affected all areas of her life: it changed her friendships and family relationships, her college activities, and even her ability to take care of herself. This Hunger Is Secret: My Journeys Through Mental Illness and Wellness describes Julie’s early li Although Julie Greene grew up a troubled child, mental illness did not take hold of her until she turned 22. This sickness affected all areas of her life: it changed her friendships and family relationships, her college activities, and even her ability to take care of herself. This Hunger Is Secret: My Journeys Through Mental Illness and Wellness describes Julie’s early life, her time spent at a day treatment center, her stay at a small hospital in rural Vermont, her brief hospitalization at a Massachusetts state hospital, her time at a residence at McLean Hospital, and many other experiences in--and out--of the mental health system. This is a book about hunger--a gnawing, insatiable hunger for spiritual fulfillment and love. Julie is in her fifties now; she looks back, and remembers.

4 review for This Hunger Is Secret: My Journeys Through Mental Illness and Wellness

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mia Siegert

    So, this is a little difficult for me to rate. I wanted to read this as a Goddard alumni wrote it, and I believe in supporting those who went through the grad program. The beginning was utterly fantastic--really marvelous writing--but once it hit the middle, the experimental style was a little out of place almost. If the memoir started with that style, I think it'd have felt more in place with the jarring nature of mental illness. Two segments switched to second person, which would have been fine So, this is a little difficult for me to rate. I wanted to read this as a Goddard alumni wrote it, and I believe in supporting those who went through the grad program. The beginning was utterly fantastic--really marvelous writing--but once it hit the middle, the experimental style was a little out of place almost. If the memoir started with that style, I think it'd have felt more in place with the jarring nature of mental illness. Two segments switched to second person, which would have been fine if earlier there had been instances of it, and there were a lot of unanswerable assumptions. I'd have liked to have a little more clarity with certain chapters, a little more definition of what was occurring. My favorite parts of the memoir dealt with sexuality and coming to terms with it, the relationship with Cat and later Irene. If the memoir concentrated more on that, there's a very good chance that I would have given this a five-star rating instead of a three. I do think people would enjoy this, in particular those who struggle with perhaps a myriad of mental illnesses and have felt alienated by those who are meant to keep them well. I only wish that there was a little more consistency. It's sort of that principle of something abstract needing a consistent baseline so the reader could follow. Of course, this also could be entirely subjective on my end. :) So keep that in mind! Definitely wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Mike

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Knutson

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