~The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok~

This second book I have read for Free Press Blog Press Tours is an emotional and eye opening read. It is Martok's memoir of her life growing up with a schizophrenic mother. Mira and her sister literally run away and change their names to hide from their mother. After a debilitating car accident, Mira's life changes. She struggles through a traumatic brain injury. The need to recontextualize her life, leads Mira and her sister to reconcile with their mother.  
Mira's story sheds light on mental illness. Its effect on others and the connection of mental illness and homelessness. Mira's artwork adds to the text of the book, along with her literary quotes. My favorite being her quote from Nicolaus Steno. "Beautiful is what we see. More beautiful is what we understand. Most beautiful is what we do not comprehend." This book is a must read!

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