Changing My Mind

Changing My Mind

Book - 2010
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A sparkling collection of Zadie Smith's nonfiction over the past decade.

Zadie Smith brings to her essays all of the curiosity, intellectual rigor, and sharp humor that have attracted so many readers to her fiction, and the result is a collection that is nothing short of extraordinary.

Split into four sections—"Reading," "Being," "Seeing," and "Feeling"—Changing My Mind invites readers to witness the world from Zadie Smith's unique vantage. Smith casts her acute eye over material both personal and cultural, with wonderfully engaging essays—some published here for the first time—on diverse topics including literature, movies, going to the Oscars, British comedy, family, feminism, Obama, Katharine Hepburn, and Anna Magnani.

In her investigations Smith also reveals much of herself. Her literary criticism shares the wealth of her experiences as a reader and exposes the tremendous influence diverse writers—E. M. Forster, Zora Neale Hurston, George Eliot, and others—have had on her writing life and her self-understanding. Smith also speaks directly to writers as a craftsman, offering precious practical lessons on process. Here and throughout, readers will learn of the wide-ranging experiences—in novels, travel, philosophy, politics, and beyond—that have nourished Smith's rich life of the mind. Her probing analysis offers tremendous food for thought, encouraging readers to attend to the slippery questions of identity, art, love, and vocation that so often go neglected.

Changing My Mind announces Zadie Smith as one of our most important contemporary essayists, a writer with the rare ability to turn the world on its side with both fact and fiction. Changing My Mind is a gift to readers, writers, and all who want to look at life more expansively.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781554685387
Characteristics: 382 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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Sep 18, 2018

Loved this book.
It taught me a lot about mental illness and bipolar.
Interesting story about her marriage to Pierre Trudeau, being a wife, mom, and than loosing her son Michael in a skiing accident.
Great book to read if you have a mental illness, or if you know someone who does.

Oct 26, 2015

Thank you, Margaret! I have Bipolar Disorder; this is one of the best books about our disorder I've read. You gave me the courage to ask my sons for help managing my finances. At 63 years of age, our lives have many parallels.
Comments by psychiatrists most insightful.

ChristchurchLib Jun 18, 2013

"Former Canadian first lady Margaret Trudeau recounts her lifelong struggle with manic-depressive illness. Includes essays by three mental health professionals, who explore some of the treatments available to patients today." June 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter

May 05, 2013

Excellent read! Valuable insight into the experience of someone with bipolar disorder that went untreated for many years. These personal accounts are so helpful to raise awareness and increase people's underdstanding of mental illness. Also nice romp through the years when Ms. Trudeau was the PM's wife and various times she made the news. Raising 5 children comes across as her proudest accomplishment.

Jul 28, 2012

As expected.

Jul 17, 2012

I picked this up to challenge my idea of who this woman is, having grown up with her various experiences as reported in the media. While she does take responsibility for her own actions, she still takes some seemingly unfair shots at the Prime Minister and the media; as a politician's daughter, she did have some idea of what she was doing when she married him. Her experiences in the mental health system are an example of what poor availabilities there are, even for someone with the personal, financial and time resources to seek out the best possible treatment. I applaud her intent to de-stigmatize mental illness, recognize its prevalence in society, and lobby for better choices. The book was interesting enough to keep my attention to the end, which was a bit surprising; the use of a ghostwriter or a co-author would have been an improvement.

Jun 19, 2012

Thanks for sharing and being so honest. You are an amazing woman. Well written and wonderful pictures.

May 06, 2011

Anyone having dealt with mental illness should read this candid biography by Ms. Trudeau. Speaking honestly and openly, she takes us into the greatest depths of her illness. This piece, which is a quick read, also gives the reader hope that illnesses such as bipolar disorder can be monitored and controlled, thus giving the person at odds with it a life very much worth living. I give it a 10.

Feb 22, 2011

Very interesting book detailing her battle with depression and the corresponding highs which she experienced. She's certainly lived an interesting life with many challenges, and this book helps with one's understanding of how tough it can be living life in the public eye and how difficult what seems to be a 'charmed' life can actually be. For the most part, she gives a very balanced account without laying easy blame on anyone else and that's refreshing. It left me with a lot more compassion for her, as well as a healthy respect for the love she has for her children and how they grew into responsible adults.

Nov 21, 2010

quite gripping account of bipolar..sometimes too much but still kept me reading..especially if you lived through that era in Ottawa!

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