• Four Rooms, Upstairs

  • A Psychotherapist's Journey Into and Beyond Her Mother's Mental Illness
  • By: Linda Appleman Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 18-12-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 2 out of 5 stars 2.0 (1 rating)

Summary

Four Rooms, Upstairs - a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award - is the story of Linda Appleman Shapiro, an immigrant daughter who grew up on the top floor of a small home in 1940s Brooklyn, and struggled to understand her mentally ill mother. For years Linda tried to ignore the phases when her mother was "not herself." As the youngest child and only girl, Linda spent many days at home alone with her mother, watching her battle memories of loss and despair, unable to cope. But at that time, her mother was not seen as mentally ill - she was simply ill. Linda was appalled by the treatments prescribed to her mother and determined to make life better for her family. Linda eventually persevered, becoming a psychotherapist to help others like her and her mother, and marrying acclaimed audio narrator George Guidall.
©2007 Linda Appleman Shapiro; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By yelena on 08-03-18

it was like reading about my life.

Eventhough the author and I are years apart...I was born 1958, the story was so much like what I had experienced that is was as if someone took a snapshot of my early life! Great story and very good narration.

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3 out of 5 stars
By B Rose on 03-11-14

Not for me

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if they're really interested in a very long story having little to do with mental illness.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The family's heritage. Just was too long.

Do you think Four Rooms, Upstairs needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

Any additional comments?

This may be for others but not for me. Too many other good books on the subject. If it had Ben half as long I may have finished it.

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