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Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me : a Graphic Memoir | Ellen Forney
An artist describes her bipolar disorder diagnosis and her struggles with mental stability while discussing other artists and creative people throughout history who were also labeled as crazy including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe and Sylvia Plath. Original. 40,000 first printing.
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Brie
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This graphic memoir chronicles Forney‘s diagnosis with bipolar disorder, her initial refusal to take medication for it for fears of how it would after her output as an artist, and also some independent research into the connection between famous artists throughout history and mental illness. She uses a more cartoonish style in some panels, while other pages are ripped directly from her sketchbook for a more immediate feel.

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Well-ReadNeck
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GatheringBooks
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#LilithJuly Day 22: A searing graphic novel memoir that tackles mental illness. When Forney was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder, she experienced both a sense of doom, while at the same time being initiated into the folds of the tortured artist, the creative geniuses with a touch of mania. #ManicMonday. The images perfectly convey the sense of frenzied mania. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-eK5

Cinfhen 🏆 4mo
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Graphic memoir, shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Marbles depicts her multi year journey through manic and depressive episodes, therapy, many many meditations to find the right combination for her and working through the fear and impact of the disorder vs meditation on her creativity.

#readingwomenchallenge2019 2. Mental illness

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Victoriahoperose
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For any form of mental health issue, I think this book is really important. Whereas, it mostly goes deeply into bipolar depression, it still shows the difficulties of a diagnosis and how to handle everything that comes with it. There are so many brilliant things in this graphic novel, from a look into the medication and costliness and the thoughts that invade your mind and effect your outlook. The artwork was excellent and brave. Loved this!

allureofbeauty I did enjoy the art in that one. 9mo
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megnews
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Despite the fact that I‘m midway through more books than I‘m going to admit in this post, I picked this up from the library yesterday at the recommendation of @Well-ReadNeck and it‘s #nextup this morning.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Fab graphic memoir about the author/artist‘s struggle with bi-polar disorder.

#24B42019

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Well-ReadNeck
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#LibraryHaul

Picked up a few graphic memoirs from the library today. Hoping to get through a couple for the #24B42019 read-a-thon.

RebL The blame laid on Dahmer‘s mother in this graphic novel irritates me to no end. 11mo
Well-ReadNeck @RebL ooooh, good to know 😡 11mo
RebL I still like the book. Insightful regarding our need (at least here in the US) to not get involved. LMK what you think when you finish. 11mo
Well-ReadNeck @RebL Yes, lots of bad behavior here, and not just Dahmer. I hear you about Dahmer‘s mom. Interesting how these teens who reveled in bad jokes (understatement, I think) fall back on that. But, I can easily see that that was his perspective then (and now). Really wild. 11mo
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CaramelLunacy
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I enjoyed this frank graphic memoir of the author's struggle with bipolar disorder, her sense of identity in being in the Club van Gogh of crazy artists and her worries that medication will dampen her creativity and impede her work as a cartoonist - that she won't feel true to herself. I found it interesting and relatable, with sections that resonated (sometimes uncomfortably).

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CaramelLunacy
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Oof. This sounds familiar.

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allureofbeauty
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Marbles was a graphic memoir and the art style wasn‘t bad and the topic was up my alley but for me it was just soso. I got it at a library sale and when I finished it I dropped it off at a little free library so someone else can enjoy it.
#memoir #graphicmemoir #graphicnovel #librarysale #librarybooksale #littlefreelibrary #passiton #bipolar #bipolarmemoir

BookBabe So nice of you to share it with others. Love LFLs. ❤️ 10mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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A very accurate portrayal of depression, mania & the struggles accompanying both. As a person who struggles with her own depression, this book really spoke to my heart. It's scary but also refreshing. I would highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with mental illness (personality/mood disorders).

QuoteQueen Do you think a therapist could benefit from reading this? 2y
TheReadingMermaid @QuoteQueen Yes I do. It would be like the therapist looking at the situation from the other side (patient's point of view). 2y
QuoteQueen @Syndelle777 excellent. Thanks! 😊 2y
CaitlinR Thanks for the reference— I hadn‘t seen this and will take a look at it. 2y
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TheReadingMermaid
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A very accurate portrayal of slipping into a depression. Loving this book. It speaks to me 😉
💙💚💛🧡❤️💜🖤
#Depression #MoodDisorders #MentalIllness

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TheBookDream
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So this week has kind of sucked in the depression department. Missed some work due to it, etc. So if I haven't been posting/commenting with my usual enthusiasm, apologies!

Jas16 Sending love 2y
DeeLew Sending love and support. 💜💜 Going through something similar. Stay strong. 2y
Louise I'm sorry to hear it's been a rough week. Sending good thoughts to uplift you. ✨✨✨ 2y
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LiteraryinLititz I'm sorry it's been hitting you hard this week. Glad you reached out! 💚 2y
mrozzz Don't ever worry about that! But remember you have lots of support here 💗 2y
TK-421 Sorry to hear you're having a rough time. No need to apologize-it's so difficult to muster the energy to even TRY to enjoy the things one loves when depression creeps in, let alone express enthusiasm, period. Hang in there, and remember Litsy has your back *hugs* 2y
Redjewel_7734 Love & hugs 🤗 2y
megt Sorry to hear it‘s been a tough week. We‘re always here! Sending good thoughts your way. 💕 2y
TheBookDream Thank you everyone! I have some amount of trouble with the tagging system, so hopefully you'll all see this. The encouragement is much appreciated ❤️ 2y
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#FallIntoBooks Day 2: #BookRainbow - I featured this book for our #MentallyYours reading theme a few months back - a rollercoaster portrayal of the rainbows and raging storms of what it's like to suffer from a mood disorder. Love the rainbow 🌈 in the book cover too.

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kissxxmyxxconverse
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I'm not bipolar, but this goes for me as well in my mental health circles 😂😂

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kissxxmyxxconverse
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I'm two chapters in, and I love this so much. I love that she's acknowledging the romanticism of mental illness, especially when it come to artistic creativity. Can't wait to be able to finish this!

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RiotMom
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#bookmail! So very excited to dive into this soon. @Owlizabeth I will pass it to you when I'm done, I think it's up your alley too! ❤

Owlizabeth Yesssss!! 3y
EvieBee I loved this!!! 3y
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LitsyFeministBookClub
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Congrats, @Kristy_K ! You won the graphic novel for our first giveaway. Email your choice of graphic novel from the #drawme posts and your address to litsyfeministbookclub@gmail.com. Thanks to all that participated and keep your eyes on this page for more giveaways during #womenshistorymonth.

Kristy_K Thank you!! I'll send an email with my info. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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LitsyFeministBookClub
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Happy birthday (yesterday) to Ellen Forney! She's a comic & graphic novelist who writes about mental health and her experience with bipolar, being bi, and general life stuff. She's pretty great. 👩🏼‍🎨 #bookishbirthdays

BONUS: Marbles is one of the graphic novels you can win if you enter our #DrawMe giveaway! Scroll back for details. Open internationally via Book Depository through midnight tonight! 🎉🎉 #Giveaway

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I LOVE Marbles. One of my fav graphic memoirs of all time! 3y
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Tammygrrrl
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Comics artist Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar just before her 30th birthday. Marbles is the story of her years-long journey to find stability through medication, yoga, and therapy. Her biggest fear is losing her creativity by being heavily medicated. Gripping story and stark ink drawings

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Shay
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Yet another local author! I got Ellen Forney to sign her excellent graphic memoir for me at UBS. She had actually brought her Cornish College comics class to see Scott McCloud speak, so I got two sets of signatures that night! #signedsundays

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balletbookworm
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Excellently-drawn memoir examining Forney's journey to treat her bipolar disorder/wonder if mood disorders & artistic sensibility are linked. She shares drawings made in her journals, a contrast to the carefully thought-out finished pages of the memoir. Similar to Lucy Knisley or Alison Bechdel.

balletbookworm At the very end she tots up the cost of her treatment - mental health treatment is prohibitively expensive. 😬 3y
balletbookworm Side note: I'm not sure why Michelangelo was used in the subtitle - he only appears in one or two pages whereas she dubs herself a member of Club Van Gogh and returns to the connections between his genius and his madness several times. 3y
balletbookworm Oh beans - and this is a #recommendsday pick for @Liberty (I keep running out of room for things 😱) 3y
Rebeccak This is one of my favorite graphic novels. I work in mental health and regularly recommend this to co-workers. 3y
Alicia I loved this graphic novel!! Such a great insight into mental health! 3y
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HeatherAnne
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My own brilliant, unique, personality was neatly outlined right there, in that intimate stack of paper. My personality was a disorder--shared by a group of people. Bipolar I Disorder 296.4

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mrbnatural10
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Holy crap. I've never read another book that so closely resembles my struggles with bipolar disorder.