Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness

Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness

by Jessie Close, Pete Earley

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At a young age, Jessie Close struggled with symptoms that would transform into severe bipolar disorder in her early twenties, but she was not properly diagnosed until the age of fifty. Jessie and her three siblings, including actress Glenn Close, spent many years in the Moral Re-Armament cult. Jessie passed her childhood in New York, Switzerland, Connecticut, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), and finally Los Angeles, where her life quickly became unmanageable. She was just fifteen years old.

Jessie's emerging mental illness led her into a life of addictions, five failed marriages, and to the brink of suicide. She fought to raise her children despite her ever worsening mental conditions and under the strain of damaged romantic relationships. Her sister Glenn and certain members of their family tried to be supportive throughout the ups and downs, and Glenn's vignettes in RESILIENCE provide an alternate perspective on Jessie's life as it began to spiral out of control. Jessie was devastated to discover that mental illness was passed on to her son Calen, but getting him help at long last helped Jessie to heal as well. Eleven years later, Jessie is a productive member of society and a supportive daughter, mother, sister, and grandmother.

In RESILIENCE, Jessie dives into the dark and dangerous shadows of mental illness without shying away from its horror and turmoil. With New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Pete Earley, she tells of finally discovering the treatment she needs and, with the encouragement of her sister and others, the emotional fortitude to bring herself back from the edge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478924524
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 01/13/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 10
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 5.75(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Jessie Close is an internationally recognized speaker, author, poet and advocate for mental health reform. She lives with bipolar disorder in the foothills of the Tobacco Root Mountains outside Bozeman, Montana with her Service Dog, Snitz, and three other dogs. She is the author of The Warping of Al, (Harper & Row 1990) and she writes a regular blog for Bring Change 2 Mind, an anti-stigma organization that her sister, Glenn, created at Jessie's request.

Jessie has received awards from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the largest grassroots mental health organization in America with more than 600,000 members, and Mental Health America, the largest grassroots group of persons living with mental disorders. She also has received the Jed Foundation Award and The McLean Award. Along with her son, Calen, Jessie is a much sought-after inspirational speaker.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Prologue 1

Part 1 Not Your Normal Childhood 5

Vignette Number One by Glenn Close 30

Vignette Number Two by Glenn Close 59

Part 2 Husbands and Others 69

Vignette Number Three by Glenn Close 98

Part 3 Montana April, A Fetal-Position Month 153

Part 4 The Monster Within Me 193

Part 5 Finding Myself 241

Epilogue Glenn Close 299

Acknowledgments 303

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Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Drora More than 1 year ago
Now that "Still Alice" is coming to the theaters, this book is a must for all those who know people with mental diseases and want tp know more - and for those who are afraid of the term "mental diseas". What an inner hell these people live with!!
DubaiReader1 More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars. I always find it really hard to rate a book that talks so openly about the struggles that the author has lived with, yet that I didn't consider particularly well written. In this case the award winning writer, Pete Earley was involved, so there really wasn't any excuse for this being so slow to get going. The early stages of the book were far too much back-story of parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents. It didn't keep my interest and I couldn't remember them all anyway. I would have preferred a family tree, possibly accompanied by a list with a little more detail, something that could be referred back to. (And at the FRONT of the book, not the back, where Kindle readers only find it when they finish reading!) After the first quarter, the book began to improve; there started to be mention of the mental illness that I had read the book to learn about. I appreciate that Jesse Close did not get a diagnosis until she was in her fifties, so I understand the lack of explanation at that time in her story, but it was a bit alienating for me, as a reader. My real involvement with the book began when her son, Calen started to show symptoms of mental illness and Jesse realised how his behaviour mirrored her own. Jesse's childhood spent with a nanny, so her parents could dedicate all their time to a religious cult, was heartbreaking. She and her siblings had to live with the fact that they were second in importance for their own parents. Even once Dr and Mrs Close had broken away from the cult, her father was still a distant figure in her life, always putting his patients before his family. Although they spent a lot of their time apart, the siblings supported one another and became very close. The main reason for the publication of the book is to publicise the issue of mental health and to attempt to reduce the stigma attached to the condition. To this end, Jesse and her family, including actress Glenn Close, have done a marvelous job of presenting their story from the heart. Although I could not rate the book as highly as I would have liked, I wish them all the best in their fight for recognition of the disease and acceptance of those who suffer from it as valid human beings.
sharonka322 More than 1 year ago
This book is from the sister of Glenn Close, Jessie, who talks about the battle of living with undiagnosed bi-polar disorder.   It is a good book, she talks about her struggles and how others tried to deal with her.  Her sister, Glenn, puts in a few comments, too.   This is a story that needs to be told, but I never felt a connection with the author.  It was written from a distance, and while I learned about her struggles, I didn't feel her pain and her confusion.   That being said, anyone struggling with bi-polar disorder, or living with a family member with this battle can read this book and get some insight  in the total confusion of their life.    This book would be good for counselors to give to families who have someone with BP in their home, and hopefully they will grasp the seriousness of this disorder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a profound story! This is one I can relate to in so many ways. I was 31 years old , and at the lowest of lows, when I found out I was severely depressed. I was drowning and about to sink. Thanks be to my own mother who gave me the means to float again. Thank you, Jessie, for bravely sharing your story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and informative. I loved meeting the family and have high regards to all.
MayaGubo More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book a few days ago and just now finished reading it. I have to honestly say that I did not expect it to affect me as much as it did. Some parts made me laugh, while others actually made me cry. I'm forever grateful that miss Jessie Close decided to share her story because it can help, and has helped, so many people out there who are living with a mental illness. Then it also helps the rest of us who needed to be educated on the subject to help us stop the stigma that comes along with it. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It's a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating autobiography. The book includes over coming alcoholism, treatment for bipolar disorder, and a very disfunctional lifestyle. Jessie is fortunate to have the resources to survive - a trust fund, a movie star sister, and parents who financially supported her. The book goes into detail of her five marriages and many lovers, her drug abuse, her dangerous lifestyle at times, her involvement in a cult, her travels, her children and their problems, and her demons. This book deserves an A+++++++
Katieh22 More than 1 year ago
 Katie, OSU Comp Student, Spring 2015 This book is most definitely a must read. It is very interesting and an easy read which makes it even better! This book really inspired me and i believe that it could inspire a lot of other people. Wether you are someone that likes to read about mental illness or someone that has stigma towards mental illness the memoir can really change someones view. With her writing it in chronological order the reader can fully understand the problems that Jessie faced from her childhood throughout her adult hood. I could truly feel her struggles that she has gone through. It really changed my outlook on other people lives and how awful it is what people with mental illnesses go through. I enjoyed how Jessie put in pictures into the memoir. Since she talks about her whole life, family included, it was nice to put a face to all of the stories. Everyone should give this book a chance. Don’t judge a book by its cover!! :)
LillieLH More than 1 year ago
Jessie is a courageous woman revealing  her illness as she did. Clearly her goal is to help and reach as many as possible to bring  attention to mental illness and the toll it takes on the person and their family. I  am grateful that she and her sister Glenn chose to share  their family story and continue their crusade to bring light and hope to individuals with mental illness. Please read this book and..... PASS IT ON!  
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