This Life Is Beautifulby Lamia Islam
The journey of living with bipolar disorder
In this novel, a heroic young woman with a bipolar diagnosis must overcome her own shock and fear as well as the prejudice of others to find the inner strength to triumph over adversity.
Beginning with Aalinna’s unique images of Dhaka, the cosmopolitan capital of the newly forged nation of Bangladesh, This Life is Beautiful charts three decades in the life of Aalinna and her family, beginning with her privileged yet traditional upbringing from childhood to early adulthood.
After a sudden death in the family, her once idyllic life begins to unravel and her along with it. A diagnosis of bipolar rocks her and her family.
ReviewWhat Our Lovely Readers Say!
I have read several books on Bipolar Disorder and this is one of the best book. It really is amazing, Lamia Islam writes beautifully and from an interesting perspective as both a clinician and researcher. It’s mostly focused on her personal experiences.
Poetic and lyrical, this book was hard to put down. I thought I knew what BPD was all about, but this book opened my eyes to the difficulty a person with BPD has with drug effects and loss of energy and creativeness that is present in the hypomanic stages.
This is not necessarily a book for someone who is bipolar to read. But I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has a person in his or her life who is bipolar. It is well-written and honest.
A big thank you to Lamia Islam.