The Memory Palace

The Memory Palace

A Memoir

Book - 2011
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This moving, compassionately candid memoir by artist and children's book author Bartok describes a life dominated by her gifted but schizophrenic mother Norma Herr. After Norma Herr's sometimes violent schizophrenic episodes became too much to bear, Mira Bartok and her sister changed their names and cut off all contact in order to keep themselves safe. After seventeen years Mira would discover that her mother was homeless and dying. On her deathbed she gave Mira and her sister the key to a storage unit filled with items from the past, items that would trigger a flood of memories.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2011
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439183311
Branch Call Number: B BARTOK
Characteristics: 305 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Aug 13, 2016

I find this book to be profoundly honest without being overwrought; I appreciate the author's approach to understanding her mother, and I feel like I learned another shade of empathy.

Sep 23, 2013

Exquisite. Beautifully rendered. I bought it because I know it's one I'll re-read over and over.

Jan 23, 2013

It was interesting but not riveting. I had trouble getting through it and had to take a couple of breaks and read something else. Finally got through it.

mhaidy Jul 03, 2012

I had a hard time getting through this book and in fact put it down while I read another. When the author is writing about her mother it is very interesting however she ventures off into other areas of her own life that are not very interesting.

If you have ever dealt closely with someone who suffers from a mental illness then you can relate. This is the area of the book that is interesting.

Jun 20, 2012

Anyone with loved ones who suffer from mental illness will identify with this story.

With insight, discovery and irony, the author shares her experience of living with (and away) from her schizophrenic mom from the time of her childhood to present day.

Beautifully written and hard to put down.


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