Making new lives
Three new memoirs recount how their authors overcame mental and emotional obstacles.
The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought (Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar Straus & Giroux) by David Adam, an accomplished science writer, details his own struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder and examines its history and current research.
Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness (Grand Central) by Jessie Close, the sister of actor Glenn Close, and Pete Earley is Close's story of a childhood in the Moral Re-Armament cult and an adulthood crippled by bipolar disorder.
Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully (Harper) by Allen Kurzweil is a memoir that reads like a thriller as the author circles the globe to find the man who made his boarding school days a living hell.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor