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Mental Health Month

Mark Vonnegut: Just Like Someone without Mental Illness

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Date and time
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mark Vonnegut talks about his memoir *Just Like Someone without Mental Illness Only More So*, a follow-up to the acclaimed *The Eden Express*. Here is Mark’s childhood spent as the son of a struggling writer in a house that eventually held seven children after his aunt and uncle died and left four orphans. And here is the world after Mark was released from a mental hospital to find his family forever altered. At the age of twenty-eight—and after nineteen rejections—Mark was accepted to Harvard Medical School, where he gained purpose, a life, and some control over his mental illness.

Mark Vonnegut, writer and full-time practicing pediatrician, is the only son of the late Kurt Vonnegut and Jane Cox Vonnegut and is the author of *The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity*.