Four Rooms, Upstairs - a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award - is the story of Linda Appleman Shapiro, an immigrant daughter who grew up on the top floor of a small home in 1940s Brooklyn, and struggled to understand her mentally ill mother. For years Linda tried to ignore the phases when her mother was "not herself." As the youngest child and only girl, Linda spent many days at home alone with her mother, watching her battle memories of loss and despair, unable to cope. But at that time, her mother was not seen as mentally ill - she was simply ill. Linda was appalled by the treatments prescribed to her mother and determined to make life better for her family. Linda eventually persevered, becoming a psychotherapist to help others like her and her mother, and marrying acclaimed audio narrator George Guidall.More
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Not for me
Only if they're really interested in a very long story having little to do with mental illness.
The family's heritage. Just was too long.
This may be for others but not for me. Too many other good books on the subject. If it had Ben half as long I may have finished it.
- B Rose
Great insight into mental illness
I think Linda Shapiro told her story well and showed remarkable insight into the world of mental illness. She did not preach or whine about it just wove it into her autobiography.
George. While George did not narrate this book, I have listened to him many times as the narrator of other books and he is one of the greatest narrators I have ever heard. Also Linda who had the grace to hold herself above the family problems.
When they were in the theater and George was on stage. The mother had a funny albeit embarrassing reaction to the kissing scene.