Book of the Day - Haldol and Hyacinths by Melody Moezzi
Today's book of the day is one that I read several months ago, but it has stuck with me over time and its one that I would definitely recommend to other readers. In Haldol and Hyacinths, Melody Moezzi shares her experiences being diagnosed with bipolar disorder while also trying to finish school, start a career, and maintain relationships.
Moezzi's account of living with bipolar disorder is endearingly honest and open, shining a light on the often-stigmatized subject of mental illness. Her story is also inspiring to me because of her relentless pursuit of activism and advocacy, and her strong desire to reclaim her life throughout the ups and downs of dealing with bipolar disorder. Moezzi's Iranian-American heritage gives a unique cultural lens to mental illness, and her writing is truly a gift. Her story is approachable, candid, funny, and meaningful, and well worth the read.
Moezzi is also the author of War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, which shares stories of 12 Muslim Americans living in a post-9/11 world. You can read more about her and her books on her website - www.meolodymoezzi.com.