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Hillbilly Gothic by Adrienne Martini
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Jul 23, 2008

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bookshelves: memoir, parenting

This feels like a mission book: I had PPD and if you ever do, here's some advice, here's how I got through it, so you can get through it too. When she's specific, Martini is funny with an ability to casually describe something in conversational language, throw in a pop culture reference and be self deprecating or sarcastic. The history of madness in her family, her work history, and the geographical diary of where she lived and what she did there are all covered in way too much detail and take away from her giving a clear timeline of how long she's in a mental hospital or real detail about her second post-partum bout of depression. Though the book is uneven, it is a good read and anyone who has struggled with mental health issues surrounding pregnancy and parenting could definitely benefit from reading Hillbilly Gothic .

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