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Irritable Hearts

A PTSD Love Story

by Mac McClelland

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Irritable Hearts by Mac McClelland
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  • Published Feb 2015
    320 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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  • Kimberly H. (Stamford, CT)
    Irritable Hearts
    Fascinating as it was, I felt this book was too long and sometimes uncomfortable. The author was brave to write this and to enlighten those of us who think that PTSD only affects veterans returning from a war zone. For that I commend her. I hope she has recovered and wish her a happy life.
  • Elizabeth P. (Lake Elmo, MN)
    Mixed Feelings!
    I have mixed feelings about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed delving into PTSD - what does it look like, how does it feel, and how on earth does someone heal from it. On the other hand, the author had a unique and somewhat disturbing way of processing, which was unpleasant to read at times. Certain segments came across as her trying to "prove" something to somebody, but the segments that came straight from the heart and got to the point were enjoyable. Graphic at times, but certainly good material for book club discussion.
  • Lani S. (Narberth, PA)
    I really wanted to like this book but reviewing this book was a difficult task. On the positive side I admired the author's writing and her raw openness about her condition and its effect upon her life. However, I couldn't help but question her credibility. Being somewhat familiar with her work, I found it very hard to understand how she was dissociating and crying maniacally and at the same time going undercover to write a piece about working in an Amazon warehouse. In addition, she starts the book by vague comments about being traumatized by an event she observed without specifics to make us understand what specific dangers she had been exposed to. Apparently, the person involved and her lawyer expressed that she had no authorization to speak about what happened to her, as she had reported specifics in an earlier article. However, that very lack of information undermines the rest of the book. She does present a great deal of valuable information about PTSD and self mutilation but doesn't build enough of a case to make her exposure believable. She did have a very troubling childhood which in itself could have led to severe emotional difficulties but I could not help judging the means and methods she went through to accomplish her goals. Her self portrayal was not very likable...and I had a hard time being sympathetic..I wish I could have been.
  • Liz B. (Fairview, TX)
    A Rambling Read
    Irritable Hearts is a memoir that is lost in vague textbook talk. The first half is painfully slow going with a mostly unexplained major event that triggers the author's PTSD. The rambling tale seems disjointed and I found myself rereading pages constantly to try to stay on track. The book evolves into a sort of autobiographical textbook saga which I found uninteresting and consistently difficult to read. While I certainly empathize with the author's struggle to find peace with her diagnosis, I found this to be an underwhelming psychological case study.
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