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Photography professor Brodsky (Carnegie Mellon Univ.; Knowing Stephanie) has gathered a touching and compelling montage of stories and photographs in a coffee-table-sized book with a notably dismal title. One hopes the title won't discourage timid readers from placing the book in plain sight because it provides short, sharp, authentic first-person narratives-and accompanying photos-exploring what it feels like to suffer from depression and other mental illnesses. Each vignette presents a distinctive story, whether it reveals the ecstasies and abysses of bipolarity or the devastation wrought by the suicide of a close friend. This book cannot really be compared to other works-the reviewer has never seen another like it-and its unique qualities would make it an excellent addition to the collections of large public and university libraries, including those that specialize in acquiring art books.
—Lynne F. Maxwell