A memoir by Glenn Close's sister Jessie about the challenges of living with severe bipolar disorder, with chapters by Glenn CloseThe Close sisters are descended from very prominent and wealthy ancestors. When the Close sisters were very young, their parents joined a cult called the MRA, or Moral Rearmament. The family was suddenly uprooted to a cult school in Switzerland and, ultimately, to the Belgian Congo where their father became a surgeon in the war-ravaged republic and ultimately the personal physician to President Mobutu. Shortly after the girls returned to the United States for boarding school, Jessie first started to exhibit symptoms of severe bipolar disorder. She would later learn that this ran in the family, a well-kept secret. Jessie embarked on a series of destructive marriages as the condition worsened. Glenn was always by her side throughout. Jessie's mental illness was passed on to her son, Calen. It wasn't until Calen entered McLean's psychiatric hospital that Jessie herself was diagnosed. Fifteen years and twelve years of sobriety later, Jessie is a stable and productive member of society. Glenn continues to be the major support in Jessie's life.In Resilience, the sisters share their story of triumphing over Jessie's illness. The book is written in Jessie's voice, with running commentary and an epilogue written by Glenn.
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"Actress Glenn CloseÕs younger sister, Jessie, was diagnosed late in life with bipolar disorder. Here her sincere, no-holds-barred narration describing her struggle with mental illness is mesmerizing. Fully honest, Jessie describes wildly erratic behavior through her childhood into adult years, including five marriages, numerous affairs, numerous career paths, and coping with her schizophrenic son. Never hesitating to recount embarrassing behavior, unusual family history, and, most significantly, the stigma of mental illness, JessieÕs riveting autobiographical account of life with this disease provides a long overdue advocacy for its social awareness. Sister Glenn, in a cameo format, provides her own account of various periods in JessieÕs life. This compelling performance by both sisters brings attention to the living with, and treatment of, mental illness. B.J.P. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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