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In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide By Nancy Rappaport In Her Wake A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother s Suicide In Nancy Rappaport s mother committed suicide after a bitter divorce and custody battle Nancy was four years old As one of eleven children in a prominent Boston family Nancy struggled to come t
  • Title: In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide
  • Author: Nancy Rappaport
  • ISBN: 9780465014507
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide By Nancy Rappaport In 1963, Nancy Rappaport s mother committed suicide after a bitter divorce and custody battle Nancy was four years old As one of eleven children in a prominent Boston family, Nancy struggled to come to terms with the reasons why her mother took her own life After years spent interviewing family and friends, Rappaport uncovers the story of a conflicted and troubled activIn 1963, Nancy Rappaport s mother committed suicide after a bitter divorce and custody battle Nancy was four years old As one of eleven children in a prominent Boston family, Nancy struggled to come to terms with the reasons why her mother took her own life After years spent interviewing family and friends, Rappaport uncovers the story of a conflicted and troubled activist, socialite, and community leader Drawing on court depositions, her mother s unpublished novel, newspapers, and her own experiences, she highlights heartbreaking stories of a complicated life that played out in the public eye Inspiring, honest, and engaging, Rappaport s story sheds light on the agonizing nature of loss and healing, and reveals the permeable boundaries between therapists and the patients they treat.
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    1. Nancy Rappaport

      Nancy Rappaport is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an attending child and adolescent psychiatrist at Harvard Teaching affiliate Cambridge Health Alliance, where she is also Director of School Based Programs You can become a fan of her book on Facebook here

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    1. In 1963, Nancy Rappaport was 4 years old and the youngest of six children when her mother, an ambitious woman who balanced raising a large family, organising regular society events and political campaigning, committed suicide in the wake of a heart wrenching custody battle.Nancy now has three grown children of her own and has written this book both as a daughter needing to find answers and as a professional child psychiatrist, bringing together her education, experience, the wisdom of years and [...]


    2. Suicide is a permanent answer to a temporary setback page 216 When Nancy was four years old, her mother, also Nancy, a wife and mother of six children, committed suicide In this memoir, Nancy searches to uncover the answers and reason for her mother s suicide Through extensive interviews with family and friends, as well as in depth reading of her mother s own writings as well as newspaper articles, Nancy tries to unravel the past.This book came to me at just the right time and for that I am grat [...]


    3. I didn t really feel like this was a child psychiatrist using her skills to come to an understanding of her mother as much as it was simply a personal memoir So oddly, I felt a little deceived And it suffers from that.where someone s family and family dramas are vastly interesting to them, but not necessarily to anyone else I wondered at times whether the supposed noteriety of the events was supposed to lend some kind of gravitas to the events.


    4. I don t read many memoirs, especially family oriented ones I m prone to flash judgments and over empathizing I can shake off fiction that rattles me but nonfiction sticks a little Still, this Boston based memoir attracted me so I started it with some apprehension.Very quickly, I saw how courageous Rappaport was as she tackled the story of her parent s marriage, her mother s suicide, and her father s subsequent parenting choices since she, her father and stepmothers, and many of her siblings sti [...]


    5. Nancy Rappaport was four years old when her mother committed suicide in 1963 The question anyone asks of someone who has taken his her own life is why Why would a mother of six take her own life After years of not speaking about their mother s death, Nancy takes on the task of talking to her siblings to determine the answer to the question why Nancy s children want to know about their deceased grandmother A saga of generations of complexities evolves that reads like an unsolved mystery.What woul [...]


    6. A courageous and emotionally difficult book to write by a woman whose mom committed suicide when she was only four More difficult to read for me when I know three of her wonderful children and eight of her gorgeous and talented grandchildren all of whom she never got to know So it was very sad for her that she lost out on these relationships Unexpressed in the book for the protection of the grandchildren is how loved, gifted and talented these grandchildren are An important book for adult childr [...]


    7. The very personal way this is written with its warm descriptions of siblings, husband the indulgent way flaws are portrayed, is both a weakness and a strength It s hard to find the psychiatrist aspect you expect to come through prominently.There s some research peppered between the very personal stories, but even the glimpses of clients we see have left psychiatry at the door of a soft lense into human complexity The title of the book is misleading, but it doesn t mean the book is bad I develo [...]


    8. So I have to say once I started reading this book I was really worried it was going to be a story of oh, my life is so awful because my mom isn t here and how will I ever cope and it wasn t that so I m glad It is a really well written account of the loss of a mother and a life long grief during poignant moments in your life when all you really want is your mom As a son I don t know that losing a mom at such a young age would be life altering but for a daughter it would be Certainly growing up th [...]


    9. I hesitated to pick this book for reading My brother committed suicide while he was in medical school I had thought that maybe she was writing this book as attempt to understand her mother s decision and possibly help others with family suicides I can understand why she would want to find out everything about the mother that she lost at the age of four The reason that I hesitated to read it was that I didn t agree with her decision to sell it as a book I felt that it should have been kept privat [...]


    10. There are events that paint themselves onto our souls, forever coloring our lives Losing a mother at age four is one of those events Losing a mother at age four because she committed suicide takes it to another dimension Nancy Rappaport s mother had it all a husband, 6 children, a successful career, drive and ambition Unfortunately, she was also depressed and wildly impulsive This depression and impulsivity led her to commit suicide, in 1963, when Nancy was just four years old Now, some 48 years [...]


    11. Although I ve never lost a family to member to suicide, I have two friends who have experienced that horrible tragedy One friend lost her husband, after than 30 years of marriage another both her father and her son, a pain I cannot even begin to fathom Though years have passed for each of them, I still sense a desperate longing within them to understand those deaths, to comprehend why life became so unbearable for these persons they loved.Nancy Rappaport, author of In Her Wake, shares that long [...]


    12. Nancy Rappaport was 4 years old when her mother committed suicide Her parents were embroiled in a bitter custody battle at the time, with the courts siding with her father in the most recent battle before she killed herself The story is about Rappaport trying to find closure in the death of her mom, seeking out anything to understand her mother s mind and why she committed suicide It is a mini biography of her mom, her father, her family, and herself It is a daughter trying to put together the p [...]


    13. I won this book from a Good Reads First Reads giveaway, so I was surprised to find that it had been copyrighted since 2009 That being said, it started out pretty slow It reminded me of a Mary Roach type book, only less witty Or funny But the subject matter really isn t that funny although there were a few times when the author did make me laugh aloud when referring to some of her and her siblings childhood antics The author as everyone knows if they read the title of the book is A Child Psychiat [...]


    14. This is a book written by a child psychiatrist that not only explores the tragic loss of a mother to suicide, but also the inner workings of a family disrupted by divorce and tragedy While at times the book seems to jump around chronologically, and at first seemed to read like a long essay, the narrator, Nancy her mother s name sake , slowly begins to open up about the sense of bewilderment and loss she feels surrounding her mother s death As Nancy brings her emotions to the forefront, the book [...]


    15. In Her Wake A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother s Suicide by Nancy Rappaport is a heartbreaking memoir that examines from personal, family and professional perspectives the decision of Rappaport s mother to take her own life when the author was only a 4 year old I applaud Rappaport for taking on a topic that must have taken immense courage, especially under the circumstances of less than supportive siblings, as readers will learn As a child psychologist, one might expect the [...]


    16. In Her Wake A Child Psychiatrist Explore the Mystery of Her Mother s Suicide by Nancy Rappaport is an interesting take on the exploration of the suicide of a close family member Part family history, part psychological study, this book aims to tell the story of Rappaport s mother, a generous, outgoing, political woman who had six children and seemed to have it all for awhile The story also focuses on the author s life as it is today She talks about bringing up the past to all the major players in [...]


    17. Nancy Rappaport is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School She also is the daughter of a mother who committed suicide Rappaport was the youngest of six children, and only four years old, when her mother who was four months pregnant at the time took an overdose of pills when she thought that the court in Massachusetts would reverse itself and deny her custody of her children after a very nasty divorce and custody battle The suicide of her mother obviously becomes a defining [...]


    18. Nancy Rappaport now a psychiatrist, wife and Mother possesses the courage to interview those affected by her Mother s suicide in 1963 when she was four and the youngest of six children The book is most interesting because many people s viewpoints are given including her Father s, siblings and Mother s close friends It always amazes me how the sick and selfish act of suicide affects those left behind so deeply When I finished reading the book I wished it had been published later or as a novel cha [...]


    19. In Rappaport s search to learn about her mother s suicide, she reconnects with estranged family, friends, and her parents colleagues combs through old papers, photographs, and an unpublished novel and explores her own psyche from the perspectives of her profession as a child psychologist, from her personal life as a mother and wife, and from her place in a rambunctious and disparate extended family of step parents, step siblings, half siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and close family frie [...]


    20. For anyone who has wondered about their parents, this is a book that speaks to that question The author explores her mother s life, questioning family members, her mother s friends, and her old lovers She discovers many family secrets that had not been discussed with her previously Since she was only 4 when her mother died, she did not know how professionally successful her mother had been in the 1950 s She did not realize the depth of the custody battle her mother had waged to get her children, [...]


    21. As a student of psychology, receiving this book in the mail was certainly a wonderful treat for me With one of my interests revolving around abnormal psychology, suicide has been another interest of mine for several years It was very interesting for me especially to read this book written by a child psychiatrist to explain the reasons behind her mother s suicide Filled with heartache and a search for answers, this book delves far deeper into the human psyche that most people fail to realize even [...]


    22. Rappaport is a child psychiatrist, who lost her mother to suicide when Rappapport was just a toddler Decades later, she brings to bear her insight and training in psychology to try to understand her mother s reasons for taking her life and leaving behind six young children The book is ultimately quite moving at the end, but there are digressions into her own patients and their case histories that at times feel irrelvant, and at other times feel a bit invasive or in violation of patient privacy R [...]


    23. I knew Nancy Rappaport and her older sister Judy from our days at the Winsor School as well as their brother Jerry Even though we were not in the same grades there was still an aura about the Rappaport kids but I had no idea as to the devastating complexity and loss of their lives Nancy has grappled to understand her mother s suicide and the first part of the book carried her sense of loss, confusion and struggle to understand it all The book came together for me when her father remarried and he [...]


    24. I think this is the third book I ve read about suicide It s usually written by a family member left wondering why that person did it, the difference with this book is that Nancy Rappaport is a psychiatrist and deals with people who are struggling with depression and other problems, so she is also able to look at it from a medical point of view My takeaway from reading this book is that depression is truly treatable and it just takes to ask or seek help for it, that suicide does not stem from dep [...]


    25. Rappaport does a great job blending her own discovery of dealing with her mother s suicide and educating the reader on depression I would have loved to have learned about her mother as I am fascinated with the time period and high society This book provides a great understanding of depression, which is a very real and very common disease It also walks through the different stages of grief for those suffering a loss of a loved one I found this book to be very insightful.


    26. It would be improved by tightening up, but this is aninteresting account of the life of Nancy Rappaport s mother who was in the midst of a contentious custody battle her husband RE developer Jerry Rappaport at the time of her death andthe effect of her suicide on her 6 young children, especiallythe author who was only 4 at the time.






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