Rescuing Patty Hearst: Growing Up Sane in a Decade Gone


    EPUB is an ebook file format In May , one year after Patty Hearst and her captors robbed Hibernia National Bank, a second kidnapping took place, far from the glare of the headlines Virginia Holman s mother, in the thrall of her first psychotic Patty Hearst: Growing Epub ß episode, believed she d been inducted into a secret army On command of the voices in her head, she spirited her two daughters to the family cottage on the Virginia Peninsula, painted the windows black, and set up the house as a field hospital They remained there for four years, waiting for a war that never came At first, it was easy to explain away her mother s symptoms in the context of the changing times her mother was viewed as finding herself in the spirit of the decade When challenged about her delusion of the secret war, she invoked the name of Martha Mitchell When she exhibited florid psychosis, her aunt, influenced by Hollywood s smash hit movie The Exorcist, seriously suggested that an exorcism might be in order Even after she was hospitalized and diagnosed with schizophrenia in the early s, Holman s mother retained just enough lucidity to appease caseworkers in a system seemingly concerned with protecting a patient s rights than with halting the progress of a woman s desperately dangerous illness Rescuing Patty Hearst is an unflinching account of the dark days during which Holman s family was held hostage by her mother s delusions and the country was beset by the folly of the Watergate era It is a startling memoir of a daughter s harrowing sojourn in the prison of her mother s mind And, finally, it lingers as a moving portrait of a young woman defined by her mother s illness until at last she rekindles a family love that had lost its way."/>
  • Paperback
  • 244 pages
  • Rescuing Patty Hearst: Growing Up Sane in a Decade Gone Mad
  • Virginia Holman
  • English
  • 17 March 2018
  • 0743255496

10 thoughts on “Rescuing Patty Hearst: Growing Up Sane in a Decade Gone Mad

  1. says:

    I m a little late on this book review, as I finished this a couple of weeks ago, but here goes This book is set in the mid 1970s just around the time that Patty Hearst was abducted and centers on the author s mother s late developing schizophrenia and attempt to set up a camp for a secret army of children to be trained This memoir is a fascinating portrayal of mental illness schizophrenia and the ways in which we are adopted into sucked into our parents issues and disabled lives As a mat I m a little late on this book review, as I finished this a couple of weeks ago, but here goes This book is set in the mid 1970s just around the time that Patty Hearst was abducted and centers on the author s mother s late developing schizophrenia and attempt to set up a camp for a secret army of children to be trained This memoir is a fascinating portrayal of mental illness schizophrenia and the ways in which we are adopted into sucked into our parents issues and disabled lives As a matter of fact, the reader is led to believe that at points Virginia Holman as a child narrator actually believes that her mother s secret army will come to fruition.Holman s tone throughout the memoir switching from her 1970s childhood to present day 2000 was near pitch perfect, though I was disappointed that there were fewer present day chapters as the chronology of the narrative sped up And though I quite enjoyed this memoir as much as you can enjoy reading about schizophrenia , I did feel that the build up of the secret army was a bit of a letdown and I never understood why Why a secret army What war Maybe the author can t answer those questions herself, for the book is as much the author s search for the truth as it is a narrative And because the buildup of the secret army never goes anywhere, the middle of this book becomes slower, as the author s mother attempts to act normal when her husband moves into the cabin with them.I also think there s not enough Patty Hearst references in this memoir to justify the title, which means that the title itself becomes a gimmick for the reader to buy the book It s a bit of a letdown even for me, though I knew at the beginning that this was a memoir about a childhood under the spell of a schizophrenic mother.Still, this was a really good memoir and fascinating for its psychological insights Early on, Holman explains, Schizophrenics hear voices Now understand that unlike the voice you hear in your head telling you to remember to take your child to soccer practice at five o clock, these voices, though they come from the brain, sound as if they come from outside These voices are as loud and unpredictable as someone else s stereo It s not like being possessed it s like being assaulted and enslaved And I must confess that towards the end I worried in true pseudo hypochondriac fashion if I might end up a schizophrenic, too


  2. says:

    The my family was crazy memoir ought to be a separate genre in itself there certainly are enough of them Rescuing Patty Hearst is a pretty good example The secret to Virginia Holman s success is that she keeps chapters simple and short, letting the reader for the most part pass judgment on her mother s actions The end result is a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a woman who created a nearly untenable childhood for this feisty author Having grown up in the same era as Holman, I esp The my family was crazy memoir ought to be a separate genre in itself there certainly are enough of them Rescuing Patty Hearst is a pretty good example The secret to Virginia Holman s success is that she keeps chapters simple and short, letting the reader for the most part pass judgment on her mother s actions The end result is a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a woman who created a nearly untenable childhood for this feisty author Having grown up in the same era as Holman, I especially liked the way the 1970s became both a metaphor for her mother s insanity, and a possible reason for it Martha Mitchell was right about the secret government war why not Molly Maybe Watergatesque should join Kafkaesque as a byword for a government gone mad


  3. says:

    Trying to understand mental illness, much less live with it or someone else is difficult, to say the least And to try and do it during a time when psychiatry didn t have the tools, or medication, it has now is evenchallenging I found this book interesting in the author s struggle to understand her mother through the lens of her illness Most people don t do that because acknowledging mental illness as a chronic condition means that you are challenged to treat it as such, and our society Trying to understand mental illness, much less live with it or someone else is difficult, to say the least And to try and do it during a time when psychiatry didn t have the tools, or medication, it has now is evenchallenging I found this book interesting in the author s struggle to understand her mother through the lens of her illness Most people don t do that because acknowledging mental illness as a chronic condition means that you are challenged to treat it as such, and our society doesn t exactly encourage that Sure we have the confessional culture of Dr Phil, Maury, and Oprah but that makes for a good hour of teevee, not a lifetime of struggling to live on a day to day basis


  4. says:

    Not only an astonishing window onto the world of a young girl whose mother slips wildly into schizophrenia in the early 70s , kidnapping her and her baby sister for a delusional war effort, but an amazingly well crafted memoir Built with short, lyrical, yet devastating chapters, Rescuing Patty Hearst remains one of my favorite memoirs I m teaching it again this semester.


  5. says:

    I loved this book, but it was emotionally wrenching for me to read it I grew up in a similar situation, about a decade before the author, in the same neck of the woods, in Yorktown, Virginia My mother wasn t violent, as the author s was, but she had the same diagnosis, the same going in and out of hospitals, the same going on and off of drugs, the same, or similar, bizarre behavior I lived in constant fear during my childhood, not necessarily afraid of violence, but afraid of another of my mo I loved this book, but it was emotionally wrenching for me to read it I grew up in a similar situation, about a decade before the author, in the same neck of the woods, in Yorktown, Virginia My mother wasn t violent, as the author s was, but she had the same diagnosis, the same going in and out of hospitals, the same going on and off of drugs, the same, or similar, bizarre behavior I lived in constant fear during my childhood, not necessarily afraid of violence, but afraid of another of my mother s disorienting breakdowns and suicide attempts I tried to escape my home as often as was possible, and as soon as I could, I got out of there fast There was so much in this book that resonated with me Here is one section that hit me hard, feelings I knew all too well We all want her to just stop being sick For our lives to stop being the constant knot of tension and fatigue and fear And so we push for wellness We all try to smile and put forth a huge effort to show one another and the world how normal things are But for me, it feels like my face will crack from the mask I wear And later, in the same chapter, when her mother s voice gets panicky, too loud, with a laugh coming in the middle of sentences like a cough I feel the mask on my face begin to crack I am seething I hate this, I hate her I wish she would leave Why doesn t she just leave us, or kill herself She needs to go Later, the father tells his daughters, You girls promise me something If you ve got to get sick, don t get this shit Get cancer, OK At least you die How I related to all these feelings, the conflicting love and hate, the fear of being trapped, the fear that nothing can be done, the utter hopelessness This was a very powerful book I never came to any kind of acceptance with my own mother, so I admire the author s growth in this area My mother is gone now, but I hope Virginia Holman is okay I thank her for giving voice to my own childhood feelings


  6. says:

    This was a memoir of Holman s experience growing up with a mentally ill mother The narrative alternates sporadically between her childhood and adulthood, offering memories and insights It was interesting to see how in the mid 70s, and even in the 80s, it was nearly impossible to get professional help for a mentally ill family member without that person s explicit consent.The book description isn t exactly accurate It states the author and her sister were kidnapped by their mother, and implies This was a memoir of Holman s experience growing up with a mentally ill mother The narrative alternates sporadically between her childhood and adulthood, offering memories and insights It was interesting to see how in the mid 70s, and even in the 80s, it was nearly impossible to get professional help for a mentally ill family member without that person s explicit consent.The book description isn t exactly accurate It states the author and her sister were kidnapped by their mother, and implies they were in captivity for four years Yes, Holman s mother s illness made her say and do a lot of erratic things, and she manipulated her children and her husband, but once the dad arrived at the scene of the kidnapping, a family owned cabin , they lived as a family Holman went to school and church, had a best friend, and her aunt, uncle and cousins lived within walking distance This is not really a problem I had with the book itself, but a problem I had with the marketing.I understand that the author related to Patty Hearst and felt that she and the heiress had something in common That they had to figure out how to become themselves again after living under extreme stress However, this could have been tied up better in the book, especially considering the book s title


  7. says:

    This memoir is beautiful, thoughtful and heartbreaking Each page and every word has been polished until it shines It is also a fast read, because of that well polished prose it reads like a novel and grabs you from the first page You will want to know what happens, and why, and then what happens next You don t need to know anything about mental illness to appreciate this story in fact, I think the fewer preconceived notions you bring to it, the better It is, simply, one of the best memoir This memoir is beautiful, thoughtful and heartbreaking Each page and every word has been polished until it shines It is also a fast read, because of that well polished prose it reads like a novel and grabs you from the first page You will want to know what happens, and why, and then what happens next You don t need to know anything about mental illness to appreciate this story in fact, I think the fewer preconceived notions you bring to it, the better It is, simply, one of the best memoirs I have ever read


  8. says:

    Meh I wantedabout actual Patty Hearst This book, well written as it is, made me feel depressed and as itchy for it to be over as if I were wearing one of those furry polyester vests from 1972 I couldn t wait for Gingie to grow up and move away from this sad woman.


  9. says:

    Great book about living with a mentally ill parent Really liked the relationships, coming of age story, and the political backdrop to her family drama Moving and sad.


  10. says:

    Interesting and familiar in so many ways Time period and place were nearly identical VA in the 70s


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