Book ‘Strangers to Ourselves’ by Rachel Aviv

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Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us
The highly anticipated debut from the acclaimed, award-winning New Yorker writer Rachel Aviv compels us to examine how the stories we tell about mental illness shape our sense of who we are. In Strangers to Ourselves, a powerful and gripping debut, Rachel Aviv raises fundamental questions about how we understand ourselves in periods of crisis and distress. Drawing on deep, original reporting as well as unpublished journals and memoirs, Aviv writes about people who have come up against the limits of psychiatric explanations for who they are. She follows an Indian woman, celebrated as a saint, who lives in healing temples in Kerala; an incarcerated mother vying for her children’s forgiveness after...
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 13, 2022)  Pages: 288 pages  ISBN-10: 0374600848  ISBN-13: 978-0374600846  ASIN:‎ B09NTK9H2G

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Rachel Aviv is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she writes about medicine, education, criminal justice, and other subjects. She has twice been a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Public Interest. A 2019 national fellow at New America, she received a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant to support her work on this book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.