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Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011


    I have purchased both "Call Me Anna" and "A Brilliant Madness" and found that I could not put them down. It is such a gift to have someone of Anna Marie's (aka Patty Duke) stature to disclose such personal testimony on her childhood abuse, mental illness in the family and her own very severe struggles with Bipolar Disorder that went undiagnosed for so many years. I work with people in the mental health field struggling with severe and persistant mental illness, many with Bipolar Disorder. Anna Marie provides a ray of hope, validation and true understanding of how draumatic mental illness can be and how it permiates every aspect of a person's life, yet with threatment, many can reclaim their life and still lead productive and satisfying lives. People are not Bipolar or Mentally Ill, rather many people, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, struggle with the symptoms of a chemical imbalance resulting in a MEDICAL ILLNESS of Bipolar or other Mental Illness. Thank-you, Anna Marie Duke, for your courage and candidness in disclosing these very personal and painful issues.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Highly recommended!

    I was really touched while reading this honest and heart-rending story of a talented child, used to the extreme by the adults in her life. Patty Duke went through a terrible childhood full of mental abuse, and a young adulthood of questioning her worth, and came out the other side to become one of the great actors of a generation. Brava, Anna!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2001


    I really appreciate this book. Patty Duke tells her story well and I applaud her for having the courage to let the whole world know about her private adversities, especially her struggle with illness. Since learning more about Patty Duke, I also highly recommend a little book by Taro Gold called 'Open Your Mind, Open Your Life' which contains many inspirational thoughts based on the Buddhism that Patty Duke practices. Excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2000

    Can relate

    I loved this book!!! I read it in 2 days!!! I thought that Patty Duke told her story very well and that it took alot of courage for her to let the world know about her life and her illness!!

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    Posted July 17, 2011

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