|01-10-2012, 01:36 AM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: TN, USA
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Free Book - Songs of Three Islands (K-UK)
Songs of Three Islands: A Story of Mental Illness in an Iconic American Family (Main/UK), a memoir by Millicent Monks, is free for UK customers in the Kindle store. It won't likely be free for US customers, as this edition is currently geographically restricted; there is a US edition at $9.99, with a different publisher.
Millicent Monks was born into one of the most famous families in America; her great-grandfather was the brother of Andrew Carnegie.
Their fabled wealth enabled them to amass great houses and even private islands, but it was a dynasty torn apart by a succession of tragedies: suicide, alcoholism, and extremities of mental illness were passed on from generation to generation.
For the women in the family, the consequences of this legacy have been painful. After a difficult childhood, the author’s daughter was diagnosed at the age of eighteen with what is now known as borderline personality disorder, a debilitating mental illness that was for the parents—in the words of the novelist Sebastian Faulks—"a public shame as well as private devastation." Like all mothers of children afflicted with this condition, Monks suffered from guilt and self-recrimination as she struggled to heal a disease that had no cause but for which she was held responsible.
In the end, through the intervention of a wise Jungian therapist, meditation, and—most important of all—acceptance, the author achieves a self-insight that enables her and her daughter to arrive at a delicate peace. Songs of Three Islands powerfully demonstrates that we are not defined by our inheritance alone.
|01-10-2012, 02:01 AM||#2|
Join Date: Mar 2010
Device: Kindle 2 International & Sony PRS-T1
It's free for Canadians and possibly other non-US/UK persons as well. It seems to have been part of that giant batch of Infinite Ideas freebies they gave out at the start of the month.
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