Rescuing Patty Hearst
Growing Up Sane in a Decade Gone Mad
By Virginia Holman
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780743255493, 256pp.)
Publication Date: March 2004
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"What sets this book apart," the "Hartford Courant" observed, "is Virginia's voice...brave, smart, tough." Reviewers nationwide have praised Holman's "riveting," "endearing," and "wryly humorous" story of a young girl caught in the whirlwind of madness -- a girl who chooses a brainwashed heiress as her role model. Holman's memoir vividly and brilliantly evokes the interior worlds of the sane and the insane and the delicate membrane in between. An essential exploration of identity, captivity, and love, "Rescuing Patty Hearst" will inspire readers' faith in the resilience of one family's spirit to survive and thrive even in the direst of circumstances.
Virginia Holman is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Roslynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship, and a North Carolina Arts Council grant. Rescuing Patty Hearst won the 2003 Outstanding Literature Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, where she is at work on a novel.