By William Styron
"This memoir of Styron's descent into depression is the closest thing I've ever read to what it really is," says Bello. "It's a crisis of the soul but also a chemical disorder in the brain that leads to a way of feeling that—for a long time—I thought was beyond description." Bello says she's read many books about depression because she grew up with it in her family. "The best books," she says, "are those that make someone feel not so lonely anymore. That's the gift—a greater depth of understanding about the disease—this gave me."
Memorable quote: From Milton, where Styron found his title: "No light; but rather darkness visible... Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace / And rest can never dwell, hope never comes...."
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