January Book Club - Marbles by Ellen Formey

Marbles - Ellen Formey - Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic and terrified that medications would cause her to lose creativity, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passions and creativity.


Searching to make sense of the popular concept of the crazy artist, she finds inspiration from the lives and work of other artists and writers who suffered from mood disorders, including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, William Styron, and Sylvia Plath. She also researches the clinical aspects of bipolar disorder, including the strengths and limitations of various treatments and medications, and what studies tell us about the conundrum of attempting to “cure” an otherwise brilliant mind.


Darkly funny and intensely personal, Forney’s memoir provides a visceral glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on an artist’s work, as she shares her own story through bold black-and-white images and evocative prose.

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  • Erin

    Great group of women! I'm really looking forward to attending future monthly meetings!

    January 12, 2013

  • Connie

    Nicole, we don't meet every Saturday. We meet every second Saturday of the month. :)

    January 12, 2013

  • La Resia (.

    so sorry for the last minute change, but I'm not feeling so great. loved the book! Gave me a different perspective on mental illness. Very fun and easy read!

    January 12, 2013

  • Sharon

    I'm really interested in reading this book and meeting to discuss it but not sure of my schedule for next quarter.

    December 21, 2012

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