The Quiet Room: A Journey out of the Torment of Madness

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Moving, harrowing, and ultimately uplifting, Lori Schiller's memoir is a classic testimony to the ravages of mental illness and the power of perseverance and courage.

At 17, Lori Schiller was the perfect child - the only daughter of an affluent, close-knit family. Six years later she made her first suicide attempt, then wandered the streets of New York City dressed in ragged clothes, tormenting voices crying out in her mind. Lori Schiller had entered the horrifying world of full-blown schizophrenia. She began an ordeal of hospitalizations, halfway houses, relapses, more suicide attempts, and constant, withering despair. But against all odds, she survived.  

In this personal account, she tells how she did it, taking us not only into her own shattered world, but drawing on the words of the doctors who treated her and family members who suffered with her.  

©2008 Lori Schiller and Amanda Bennett (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Enthralling tale

In this recount of Lori Schiller's life you learn the hardships of Schizophrenia, and the life you live with it. The new perspective I am given on someone else's perspective on life, is an eye opening experience of never truly knowing what people have gone through. It was written well, and the story never lapsed. Great read!

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Moving and vulnerable

Hearing Lori's story was incredibly moving and inspiring. I think hearing Lori's story opens up the discussion about mental illness and the stigmas surrounding those struggling. Her story was true to her diagnosis, interesting, and vulnerable. She dives deep into her deepest trenches and highest mountains with her mental illness. I highly recommend this book.

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Amazing story

Hopeful and inspiring true story that will inspire compassion and awe for anyone battling mental illness, and hope and encouragement for those whose loved ones are battling.

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Absolutely brilliant

I loved this book. It was fascinating and moving to hear a personal account of the experience of a psychotic disorder. Very eye opening, well written, and well narrated.