All of Me

All of Me
All of Me

All of Me

How I Learned to Live with the Many Personalities Sharing My Body
By Kim Noble

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384 Pages, 5.25 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

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ISBN 9781613744703

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Chicago Review Press (Oct 2012)

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Overview

A captivating inside look into living with dissociative identity disorder
Imagine a life spent trying to discern where you are, how you got there, who you’re with, and what has happened. You lose large chunks of time; abruptly, you find yourself wearing another person’s clothes, sitting in the driver’s seat of a car you don’t remember driving, or cleaning up a meal you can’t recall eating. For Kim Noble, renowned artist and mother whose body plays host to over 20 distinct personalities, this is normal life. After many years in and out of mental institutions and various diagnoses that she knew instinctively to be wrong, in 1995 Noble was finally diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID). A condition typically prompted by severe abuse during childhood, DID is thought to be a creative way some minds splinter in order to cope with unbearable pain. Alternately taking possession of Noble’s body are, among others, a scared little boy who speaks only Latin, an elective mute, a gay man, and an anorexic teenager. Then there is Patricia, the stable and loving now-dominant alter who was able to win back custody of Noble’s daughter, Aimee. All of Me traces Noble’s tumultuous and fragmented life from childhood onward, providing insight into the intersections between memory, mental illness, and creativity. It tells of her terrifying battles to understand her own mind, reveals her courage and commitment in trying to make sense of her life, and provides a fascinating look at the confusion, frustration, and everyday challenges of a person living with DID. All of Me is by turns shocking, inspiring, sometimes funny, and deeply moving.

Reviews

"Though I cannot even begin to imagine horrors Kim faced as a child, I am struck that neither the abuse nor its devastating consequences have destroyed this woman's spirit, humor, or capacity to love. [S]he is one terrible, exquisite, and beautiful work of art."  —Independent

"[A] fascinating, moving, and frequently funny life story; we couldn't put it down."  —Sheerluxe.com

"Kim Noble is the . . . gold standard for the extreme end of dissociative identity disorder."  —John Morton, fellow of the Royal Society and professor at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of London

"A remarkable portrait of a fractured world slowly pieced together by a tenacious set of people."  —Publishers Weekly

"[A] powerful memoir . . . deeply moving."  —Kirkus Reviews

"This is the best multiple personality biography in a long time."  —Booklist

Author Biography

Kim Noble is an artist whose work has been exhibited around the world. She appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in October 2010 to discuss the disorder.