In My Blood

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  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • In My Blood
  • John Sedgwick
  • English
  • 06 May 2017
  • 0060521597

About the Author: John Sedgwick

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In My Blood John Sedgwick S Widely Praised Novels Introduced Readers To The Rarified Enclave Of Brahmin Boston, In Which Privilege And Elitism, Handed Down From One Generation To The Next, Come At A Price He Discovered For Himself Just How Great That Price Can Be When, While Writing His Second Novel, He Spiraled Into A Profound Depression That Threatened His LifeThis Crisis Provoked Him To Search For The Source Of His Malaise Did It Begin With Him, Or Did It Begin Before, Possibly Even Long Before, With Previous Generations Whose Genes He Bore If So, How Had The Family Illness, As He Came To Think Of It, Shaped Their Lives, And Come To Define His To Find The Answers, He Launched Into A Full Scale Investigation Of His Family S History One Of The Oldest, And Fully Documented In America It Was, At Once, A Very Personal Journey Of Self Discovery, And A Broader Retracing Of His Family S Evolution, As He Pored Over The Many Extraordinary Sedgwicks Who Had Gone Before From The Protean Early Speaker Of The House Theodore Sedgwick Through To Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol S Muse And The S It Girl Both A Brimming Family Saga And A Courageous Narrative, The Book Paints A Startlingly Candid Portrait Of A Man And An Eminent American Family

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10 thoughts on “In My Blood

  1. Emily says:

    In an effort to understand his own manic depressive tendencies, the author John Sedgwick traces his family history back several troubled generations The Sedgwick family, although prone to mental disorders, are a privileged bunch that include politicians, actors, and a minor founding father I found this book to be extremely self indulgent andthan a bit boring The whole thing reads like one big name drop in which the author continually reminds the reader that one relative or another spo In an effort to understand his own manic depressive tendencies, the author John Sedgwick traces his family history back several troubled generations The Sedgwick family, although prone to mental disorders, are a privileged bunch that include politicians, actors, and a minor founding father I found this book to be extremely self indulgent andthan a bit boring The whole thing reads like one big name drop in which the author continually reminds the reader that one relative or another spoke to a president, socialized with the Lowells and Cabots, or hobnobbed with the social elite in New York As a New Englander, I know quite a few people who attended the same preppie schools as the author and have similar illustrious family histories, but they do not assume that a distant relative s accomplishments somehow imbue them with greatness of their own or that being rich and white in America is a particular accomplishment They also do not assume that everyone wants to hear about their family history in excrutiating detail This book was less about exploring the interesting subject of mental illness andabout the author s need to convince everyone that his family is rich and famous It irritated me

  2. Bry says:

    It took me a while to get into this book and I m not all together positive I would have finished it had it not been for a friend buying the book at the same time.It was an interesting read but at times difficult Wordy But I do enjoy books about mental illness becaue I always feel sane and normal by the end.

  3. Allison says:

    Wow, what a major work John Sedgwick is one of the younger members of the infamous Sedgwick family, a fixture of the East Coast bluebloods In our generation, most of us may be familiar with the actress Kyra Sedgwick and or Warhol girl Edie Sedwick both are cousins of John In this book, John takes a historic look at his ancestors, going all the way back to the 1700s, relying on published biographies, personal diaries and letters, public documents and first person accounts Most members of th Wow, what a major work John Sedgwick is one of the younger members of the infamous Sedgwick family, a fixture of the East Coast bluebloods In our generation, most of us may be familiar with the actress Kyra Sedgwick and or Warhol girl Edie Sedwick both are cousins of John In this book, John takes a historic look at his ancestors, going all the way back to the 1700s, relying on published biographies, personal diaries and letters, public documents and first person accounts Most members of the family excelled in a variety of fields politics, law, writing, athletics, etc Excellence was expected from family members, especially the men, as each member and generation was taught to uphold the family credo Woven through the historical account is John s discovery that an unusually high number of family members suffered from some form of mental illness, especially manic depression Suicide runs rampant through the extended family.John is no stranger to this, having suffered a breakdown that, in part, spurred him to write this book Most of the men in the family seemed to suffer from the biological aspect of the illness, while most of the women seemed to fall into depression after being physically and or emotionally abandoned by their husbands, and in the earlier generations, falling apart after giving birth to up to a dozen children, many of whom died in infancy The women who married or were born to Sedwick men were worn down by them from the promise of their youth vivacity, beauty, talent, and ambition to desperate, addled, suicidally inclined shells of their former selves Institutionalization was the Sedwick answer to this problem for both the men and the women, with early treatments for mental illness falling into the category of torture Some of the family escaped this fate of course, but almost everyone seemed to exhibit some sort of aberrant or intolerant personality traits John believes that the pressure of living up to the Sedwick reputation combined with biological tendencies towards emotional frailty resulted in the high incidence of extreme dysfunction John, like some of his ancestors, ultimately became both depressed and hypomanic which resulted in the demise of his marriage, his wife saying that she was unwilling to live with his mood swings and expressing her need to protect their children John receives successful modern treatment, but fully realizes that he is far from removed from the family curse.The book is unbelievably well researched and very skillfully written, blending straight history with personal accounts and details to form an absolutely fascinating account his highly unusual genealogy

  4. Liz says:

    A little different from the standard family memoir, as the author s known family history reaches back to the late 1700 s He traces the family history of depression and mania through the context of the times I m not sure if his family is as unique as he d like to think if we all had access to six generations worth of detailed family history, most of us would probably find as many sufferers of mental illness as he has Nonetheless, the story was interesting for its peek into American history A little different from the standard family memoir, as the author s known family history reaches back to the late 1700 s He traces the family history of depression and mania through the context of the times I m not sure if his family is as unique as he d like to think if we all had access to six generations worth of detailed family history, most of us would probably find as many sufferers of mental illness as he has Nonetheless, the story was interesting for its peek into American history including great local interest Stockbridge MA is at the emotional heart of the story , and a privileged and influential family The chapters detailing 20th century events and people reminded me of the social milieu depicted in The White Blackbird a biography of painter sculptor Margarett Sargent , and sure enough, it turns out that the author s family is cousins to Sargent s husband s family What a small world of the wealthy and privileged

  5. Deb says:

    Interesting book about the Sedgwick family, a prominent American family with a history of manic depression Edie Sedgwick was the author s cousin actor Kyra Sedgwick is his niece Has a lot of American history in it as well, which I enjoyed The author wrote it as a way to explore his own bouts with manic depression Sometimes reading it had a touch of So what and Why should anyone care about this family s history but the author acknowledges the self aggrandizing tendencies which a Interesting book about the Sedgwick family, a prominent American family with a history of manic depression Edie Sedgwick was the author s cousin actor Kyra Sedgwick is his niece Has a lot of American history in it as well, which I enjoyed The author wrote it as a way to explore his own bouts with manic depression Sometimes reading it had a touch of So what and Why should anyone care about this family s history but the author acknowledges the self aggrandizing tendencies which also run through the entire family

  6. Diane McDonough says:

    As obsessed as I am with The Crazy, reading this was inevitable While, like many others, I found the author at times unbelievably twee , it was an intriguing story of a family and the long reaching arm of heredity The historical aspects of the memoir were riveting to me as I am a firm believer in those who forget, repeat, a notion the author explores albeit unwittingly in some cases A well thought out exploration of the importance of family and the impact of our ancestors even those we aren As obsessed as I am with The Crazy, reading this was inevitable While, like many others, I found the author at times unbelievably twee , it was an intriguing story of a family and the long reaching arm of heredity The historical aspects of the memoir were riveting to me as I am a firm believer in those who forget, repeat, a notion the author explores albeit unwittingly in some cases A well thought out exploration of the importance of family and the impact of our ancestors even those we aren t aware of

  7. Lesley says:

    This memoir was riveting and enlightening John Sedgwick honored his ancestors by rendering a balanced account of their lives As a result John came to terms with his past as well as his personal strengths and weaknesses His journey shed enormous lightt into the dynamics of family including the mny struggles and successes along the way When all is said and done, it is the LOVE that stands eternal.

  8. Lizzie says:

    Family history of the Sedgewicks Edie, Kyra, starting with the Revolutionary War ones After I read Edie by George Plimpton, in the 80s and became obsessed it, how could I not read this He traces his family history, noting the depressive or manic depressive ones in each generation The history stuff was interesting I hadn t known about Shay s Rebellion and the family dirt was good too, though the Plimpton book is better.

  9. Kristi Samber says:

    I really enjoyed this book, though at times I wanted to be done with it In an effort to understand his own depression, author john Sedgwick resesrches his ancestry and a history of mental illness within his family, going back 6 generations At the Same time it was a interesting history lesson about the birth of our country.

  10. Maria Mangano says:

    So I m a little obsessed with the Sedgwicks I ve even been to Stockbridge Mass to see the Sedgwick Pie and have been ever since I read Edie years ago You can imagine how happy I was to get to rewad ALL about the Sedgwicks from the colonial era to the present day This book may not be for everybody, but a pure pleasure for a groupie like me.