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Finding Iris Chang: Friendship, Ambition, and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind

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Iris Changs mysterious suicide in 2004, at age thirty-six, didnt seem to make any sense. She had so much to live for, including fame, fortune, beauty, and a husband and child. Some even wondered if the controversial author of The Rape of Nanking had been murdered. Longtime friend Paula Kamen was among those left wondering what had gone so wrong.

Seeking to reconcile the suicide with the image of Changs “perfect” life, Kamen searched her memory and scoured Changs letters and diaries to fill in the gaps of Changs personal transformation—from “ex-shy person” to world-class speaker and international rights pioneer—and her later decline into mental illness. The result is a “riveting narrative that is part detective story, part psychological drama, part homage to a friend” (Helen Zia).

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The mysterious suicide of Iris Chang, author of "Rape of Nanking," left many wondering what had gone so wrong. Seeking to reconcile the suicide with the image of Changs perfect life, Kamen scoured Changs letters, diaries, and archival material to trace the authors personal transformation and her decline into mental illness and paranoia.

About the Author

Paula Kamen is the author of All in My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable, and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache. She lives in Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780306817533
Author:
Kamen, Paula
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 13.6 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The mysterious suicide of Iris Chang, author of "Rape of Nanking," left many wondering what had gone so wrong. Seeking to reconcile the suicide with the image of Changs perfect life, Kamen scoured Changs letters, diaries, and archival material to trace the authors personal transformation and her decline into mental illness and paranoia.
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