Monday, August 30, 2010

Nothing Was the Same: A Memoir

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Nothing Was the Same: A Memoir          

by Kay Redfield Jamison

 Book Review by Richard L. Weaver II, Ph.D.

This is a touching, deeply moving, difficult to read (yet difficult to put down), love story in which Jamison, a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center and author of the national best seller, An Unquiet Mind and Night Falls Fast, writes about her 20 years with Richard Wyatt, also an important researcher in the area of mental disorders.  As Shalom Fradman, from Jerusalem, Israel, writes in his Amazon review, “She tells the story with taste, restraint, feeling, and unfailing intelligence and wisdom.”

The book is written with care, precision, honesty, reflection, and in beautiful prose. 

Jamison writes about grief, sickness, and dying, but in a profound, simple manner.

How two well-educated, intelligent people could sustain their loving bond through all their adversity is remarkable.  How their passion was sustained through the days and moments of sickness before his death, and how their celebration of life sustained them is amazing.  What a joy!  What an unbelievable testimony for the bond that true love can offer.

As one reviewer said, “‘Drs. Wyatt and Jamison found happiness not in idealized illusions, but in living—with as much integrity and joy as possible—their own imperfect lives.”

This is a unique book that will touch you deeply, move you with passion and intensity, and, thus, will impress you forever. 


This book is available from Nothing Was the Same: A Memoir

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