Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother's Love by Zack McDermott

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Zack McDermott, a 26-year-old Brooklyn public defender, woke up one morning convinced he was being filmed, Truman Show-style, as part of an audition for a TV pilot. This was it - his big dreams were finally coming true. Every passerby was an actor; every car would magically stop for him; everything he saw was a cue from "The Producer" to help inspire the performance of a lifetime. After a manic spree around Manhattan, Zack, who is bipolar, was arrested on a subway platform and admitted to Bellevue Hospital.

So begins the story of Zack's freefall into psychosis and his desperate, poignant, often darkly funny struggle to claw his way back to sanity, regain his identity, and rebuild some semblance of a stable life. It's a journey that will take him from New York City back to his Kansas roots and to the one person who might be able to save him, his tough, big-hearted Midwestern mother, nicknamed the Bird, whose fierce and steadfast love is the light in Zack's dark world.

Before his odyssey is over, Zack will be tackled by guards in mental wards, run naked through cornfields, receive secret messages from the TV, befriend a former Navy Seal and his talking stuffed monkey, and see the Virgin Mary in the whorls of his own back hair. But with the Bird's help, he just might have a shot at pulling through, starting over, and maybe even meeting a woman who can love him back, bipolar and all.

Written with raw emotional power, humor, and tenderness, GORILLA AND THE BIRD is a bravely honest account of a young man's unraveling and the relationship that saves him.



Title : Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother's Love
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ISBN : 0316315141
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Reviews


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

September 13, 2017

His mother nicknamed him gorilla when he was a child, because he had a very hairy back. He called her the bird. This is a story of the devastation of mental illness, it is also a story of a mother's fierce, abiding love for her child. Mental illness ran in their family, but Zack had no clue the h...


Debbie rated it ★★★★★

October 17, 2017

4.8, manically rounded up, up, up!! Wow! Pretty manic after reading this brilliant memoir from a public defender who is bipolar. Boing! Boing! On my pogo stick, bouncing off the walls in glee. Why don't more people know about this book? Review to follow.


Rebecca rated it ★★★★☆

September 01, 2017

As a public defender in New York City, Zack McDermott worked with seemingly crazy people every day at Legal Aid, little knowing that he was on his way to a psychotic break himself. Soon he’d covered the walls of his apartment with marker scrawl and fully taken on his stand-up comedian persona, My...


Jackie rated it ★★★☆☆

October 05, 2017

While I thought the memoir was well-written and a great way to get a better understanding of psychosis, I was almost more interested in his mom's story. Can we get a book about Zack's mom?!


Caity rated it ★★★★★

October 15, 2017

I devoured this audiobook that Zack McDermott narrates himself. His memoir is a gritty look into the thoughts and experiences of someone with Bipolar Disorder. This book is as much about self love and acceptance as it is about the love between McDermott and his family. My favorite parts all invol...


Kelly rated it ★★★★★

October 09, 2017

One of the best memoirs about bipolar disorder that I have ever read.


Elissa rated it ★★★★★

September 27, 2017

Excellent book just released yesterday. Highly recommended true story. Predicting it to become a best seller, imagining it to also become a televised series or movie since it's content and context in American life is so understated yet relevant.


Jill Elizabeth rated it ★★★★☆

August 25, 2017

---------- "...there is a real, and very important, distinction between sanity and lucidity" ---------- I have long been fascinated by stories about mental health and the myriad ways our brains can betray us. It always seemed to me to be the ultimate betrayal - when you cannot trust yourself to be y...


Lindsay rated it ★★★★★

September 22, 2017

Gorilla and the Bird is so much more than just a memoir about Zack McDermott's mental illness. This beautiful book is also a powerful statement about the strength of a mother's love with equally powerful statements about the American judicial system, racial prejudices, the lasting impact of paren...


Jim rated it ★★★★☆

October 13, 2017

"I explained explained that I have, not something I had. . . . I told her about just how terrifying the whole thing can be when I got too close to the ledge" (p. 259). What do you do when your mind betrays you? Four stars!! I found this one in: Opinion The ‘Madman’ Is Back in the Building Zack Mcderm...





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