LIFE INSIDE, a memoir by Mindy Lewis (Atria Books, 2002; Washington Square Press, 2003; 358 pgs.), explores the inner life of an adolescent girl confined for 27 months to the adolescent unit of the NYS Psychiatric Institute in the mid-1960s. A vivid first person exploration of life inside a psychiatric hospital and the thirty years afterward, LIFE INSIDE also explores the aftermath of long-term hospitalization and a young woman's struggle to define herself on her own terms. LIFE INSIDE was named a 2003 Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing, an ELLE "Must Read", and was described by Kirkus Reviews as "Complex, chilling, luminous: not one false step." For more reviews, excerpts, and a podcast interview with the author, visit http://www.mindylewislifeinside.com
Mindy gives an overview of the book:
Mindy Lewis is the author of Life Inside: A Memoir (Atria Books 2002, Washington Square Press 2003) and the editor of DIRT: The Quirks, Habits and Passions of Keeping House, an anthology of personal essays by contemporary writers (Seal Press 2009). Her essays have been...