Loud in the House of Myself

  • by Stacy Pershall
  • Narrated by Stacy Pershall
  • 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Stacy Pershall grew up as an overly intelligent, depressed, deeply strange girl in Prairie Grove, Arkansas, population 1,000. From her days as a 13-year-old Jesus freak through her eventual diagnosis of bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, this spirited memoir chronicles Pershall's journey through hell and her struggle with the mental health care system.


What the Critics Say

"An utterly unique journey down some of the mind's more mysterious byways...ranges from the shocking to the simply lovely." (Marya Hornbacher)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Compelling, Heartbreaking, and Hilarious

What made the experience of listening to Loud in the House of Myself the most enjoyable?

Unlike some previous reviewers, I found the narration quite compelling. The author's story is presented in the author's own voice. She has a manner of brilliant understatement that, even when describing the more harrowing events, never loses its wry humor.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There's only one real character of note in this book, and that's Stacy herself. I share a similar socioeconomic background with her, also growing up in rural Arkansas, and I can relate to feeling like an outsider in my own skin.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moments I enjoyed the most were her description of her college life, particularly during her freshman year.

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- C. Hodges

Short, but Intense Memoir

If you could sum up Loud in the House of Myself in three words, what would they be?

Informative, Intriguing, Dark

What did you like best about this story?

Beyond the memoir, the author speculates on the mental health world of diagnosis, medication, and treatment.

Any additional comments?

I found this to be a very intriguing and information memoir, focusing not only on the author’s individual experiences, but also going into detail about the way the mental health system works for those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar. It serves as a source of experiential knowledge for those who may not understand these disorders and the hardships involved both for the suffering and for the psychiatric teams who sometimes struggle to help those with BPD due to the very nature of the disorder.

Pershall relates to a quick overview of her life and the instances that defined her as she grew up and moved through the system. It’s relatively short, but I found it to be an interesting, well written work that doesn’t sound whiny or unrealistic or embellished. I would have liked to see a little more memoir that was more in-depth, as many of the scenes are general or just speculate on how medication/doctors work.

Overall, if you’re looking more a memoir based on mental health that’s a quick read and not incredibly triggering, this may be the book for you!

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- Lindsay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-10-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios