America’s First Woman Warrior: The Courage of Deborah Sampson
Deborah Sampson’s is one of the most extraordinary tales of the American Revolution. The only woman soldier to fight in the Revolutionary War, her story is ample proof that at all times a woman’s courage and determination have been equal to the hazards of that most guarded of male bastions – warfare. A farm girl and schoolteacher from rural Massachusetts, Deborah Sampson craved a more adventurous life. In 1782, dressed as a man, she enlisted not once, but twice in the army. The first time she squandered her money in a tavern and failed to report to duty. A few weeks later she joined the 4th Massachusetts Regiment as Robert Shurtliff and soon saw action in the front lines. When shot in the thigh she removed the musket ball herself, fearful of having her identity discovered. Later, she fell foul to fever in Philadelphia when dispatched there to put down the soldiers’ riots. A physician, checking her heartbeat, brushed up against what others had failed to notice, but remained discreet. While at the hospital a rich young girl from Baltimore fell in love with Deborah and showered her with gifts before Deborah explained why the romance could advance no further. Her brushes with danger were not over, however. Before receiving an honorable discharge, she was taken sick while serving as an aide-de-camp on a geological survey; then, on her return home, the ship she was aboard sunk during a gale over the Hudson River. Deborah swam to safety, but lost her belongings. Robert Shurtliff eventually received an honorable discharge, and Deborah Sampson became the first woman in U.S. history to receive a soldier’s pension. Purchase Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Camille Claudel, an old lady confined to the Asylum for the Insane in Montdevergues, France, reviews her life. She says, “I hope my memoir will illustrate the heights of passion Rodin and I reached, and unravel the mystery of why they were transformed into vinegar and ashes.” The tragedy is not only hers, she adds, but that of many female artists who found it impossible to achieve the success of men artists of lesser ability. The book illuminates her childhood and the rise of her career in the setting of her ecstatic life with Rodin. Their ten years of bliss are followed by the disintegration of her love for him, and its evolution into hatred and psychosis. The last third of the book describes the horrors of Claudel’s life in the asylum, ending with the highly original manner in which she comes to terms psychologically with Rodin and the other important figures in her life. Purchase Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Dream Portrait: A Study of Nineteen Sequential Dreams As Indicators of Pretermination
Dream Portrait is the story of nineteen sequential dreams in the analysis of Dr. Bond’s patient, John Henry Jones, and how they led to the termination of his analysis. The dreams are analyzed in terms of improved ego functioning, superego modification, improved object relations, and movement in the transference. These dreams, which led to the successful termination of the analysis, prompted the authors to postulate a pretermination phase of analysis, by which analysts can be helped to predict more scientifically the approach of the termination phase. Freud spoke of analysis as being like a chess game in that only the opening and closing moves can be taught. The book teaches one more move in the analytic chess game. The authors further postulate that the success of the pretermination phase can be assessed by applying valid principles of dream interpretation. The steps outlined in this book will enable psychoanalysts to avoid unnecessarily protracted analyses in some cases and premature termination in others. To the authors’ knowledge, nineteen sequential dreams never before have been recorded in the literature. The book presents convincing evidence of the greater value of sequential dreams beyond that of the single dream for analysis. Dream Portrait offers a veritable course in dream analysis for students and a new finesse in the art of dream interpretation for experienced analysts. Purchase Amazon or Barnes & Noble
I Married Dr. Jekyll and Woke up Mrs. Hyde: Or What Happens to Love?
Why is one marriage out of two today doomed to end in divorce? My interviews with 71 divorced women searched for answers. Did they love their husbands when they married? Did they believe at the time that it was ’till death do us part’? Were there other lovers in the lives of the couple at the time of the divorce? Is there any connection between an unhappy childhood and a failed marriage? Do women tend to lose their identities in marriage?To my surprise, I saw the majority of interviews take on a similar shape, which revealed who the women were and how the divorces fit into the pattern of their lives.In my years of practice as a psychoanalyst, I saw how badly people need others with whom to identify. With this collection, divorcees can see their own fears, despair, grief, hopes, and aspirations reflected in the lives of women passing through similar experiences. I hope the fact that all the subjects came away from their divorces with greater strength, insight, and self-esteem will serve as an inspiration to all survivors of loss and pain. As Queen Isabella said in Henry V, “Happily, a woman’s voice may do some good.” Purchase Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Is There Life after Analysis?
Drawing upon her 40 years’ experience as both analyst and analysand, Bond attempts to answer questions like: When will therapy be finished? How is the relationship between individual and therapist terminated? What happens after therapy? She looks closely at the bonds that develop between therapist and client, how both participants can recognize that the therapeutic relationship should terminate, and how the analysand adapts to life after therapy. Also discussed are the reasons why some find it necessary to return to therapy. A final section illustrates how many analysands have learned to live without therapy. Anyone considering psychotherapy, those currently in treatment, and former patients will find this book of interest. For large psychology collections.– Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Fdn. Purchase Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Margaret Mahler: A Biography of the Psychoanalyst
Margaret Mahler was from a young age intrigued by the theories of Sigmund Freud and Hungarian psychoanalysts such as Sondor Ferenzci, with whom she became acquainted while a student in Budapest. Forced to flee Europe and rising anti-Semitism, Margaret and her husband, Peter, came to the United States in 1938. It was after this move that Mahler performed her most significant research and developed concepts such as the ground-breaking theory of separation-individuation, an idea which was given credence by Mahler’s own relationship with her father. This volume details the life and work of Margaret Mahler focusing on her life’s ambition—her psychoanalytical work. Her experiences with the Philadelphia Institute and her definitive research through the Masters Children’s Clinic are also discussed. Purchase Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Michelle Obama: A Biography
Independent and supportive, elegant and down-to-earth, an accomplished professional and family anchor as her husband rose to the presidency, Michelle Obama is to many the consummate life partner in politics and the epitome of the 21st-century working mom. Michelle Obama: A Biography offers an unprecedented look at one of the most captivating women of our time, one who is sure to add her own distinctive legacy to the tradition of presidential wives.
Ranging across the full arc of Michelle Obama’s life, this revealing biography tells the story of her family background—her great-great-grandfather was a slave—her modest Chicago upbringing, her education and well-established legal career, and her relationship with her husband before, during, and after he reached the pinnacle of American politics. Purchase Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Murder On The Streetcar
Dr. Mary Wells is a psychoanalyst, whose patient, Cecily Johnson, is playing the part of Stella in a new production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Cecily gives the doctor two tickets to see a performance of the play. She invites Lt. John Franklin, a detective who is her lover, to accompany her. During a particularly rowdy scene, the sound of a shot is heard. The audience thinks it is part of the play, until the stage manager comes out and announces that a person has been shot back stage and the performance cannot continue. The murdered man is the actor playing Stanley Kowalski. Lt. Franklin takes on the case. After checking out the ballistics and interrogating the cast, he and Dr. Wells conclude that one of the actors in the play was the killer. They consider possible motives for the murder by each actor. Utilizing Dr. Wells’ psychological expertise and Lt. Franklin’s experience and perceptiveness, they are able to eliminate some performers, while others remain under suspicion. Through an idea of Dr. Wells to have the cast reenact the death scene, she and the Lieutenant are able to discover and apprehend the killer. Purchase Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Old Age Is A Terminal Illness
Dr. Alma Bond provides insight into one of the greatest challenges of life: conquering the fear of death. Using her own experiences with the deaths of loved ones, Dr. Bond constructed a “Death Journal” in a style similar to Sigmund Freud’s “Interpretation of Dreams” in order to overcome her fear of death. As a published author, Dr. Bond’s goal is to pass her experiences on to all those who need to conquer the same fear in order to live the rest of their lives to the fullest. Purchase Barnes & Noble
On Becoming a Grandparent: A Diary of Family Discovery
“This a a no-holds barred account of the emotional pitfalls – and satisfactions – that accompany an expending family. With warmth and candor, skill and insight, Alma Bond weaves her own personal experiences and her trained psychoanalyst’s observations into a tale that is bound to be valuable to all those interested in learning more about the dynamics of family relationships.” -W.P. Kinsella, author of “Shoeless Joe,” made into the major film, “Field of Dreams.”
Profiles of Key West
Key West is a unique town. Practically everyone there has an art, be it carving, singing, dancing. acting, or jewelry making. As wonderful a country as the United states is, it seriously undervalues its artists. Some find their mecca in Key West, a unique town where the arts community is an integral part of the population. Like a powerful fragrance in the air, Key West provides the emotional climate that releases creativity. These profiles document the fact that it is possible to come to Key West and fulfill your dreams.
When Key West psychoanalyst Ruth Roman meets John Noble Pennicott (“Mike”), a physicist, she falls in love. Soon after their meeting, Mike becomes deeply depressed at the suicide of his twin sister. Ruth realizes that if she is ever to have him as a lover, it is up to her to “cure” him. But can her training see them through his emotional turmoil and her struggle between analyst and lover? Or is their love doomed to fall apart? Purchase Amazon
Tales of Psychology: Short Stories to Make You Wise / Edition 1
Tales of Psychology consists of nineteen short stories selected for their insight into human nature and their merit as fine works of literature. Each story is followed by a discussion of the psychological principles revealed. Reading this book will be a unique opportunity for lay readers and professional psychologists and writers alike to deepen their knowledge of human psychology. The book is recommended for students of human nature enrolled in psychological programs as well as the self-taught. Tales of Psychology demonstrates that artists can learn the psychological understructure of their characters from the insight of an experienced psychologist. Similarly, the stories establish that lay people can absorb the teachings of these master writers in a captivating, painless manner. It is entirely possible that in some cases, reading a particular story can change the life of a reader, reveal the depths of his or her own psyche or that of a loved one, demonstrate what is pathological and requires medical assistance, or reassure the individual of what is normal behavior. No one who reads these stories in depth will ever be the same again.Readers will have a better understanding of human motivation and behavior. Readers who absorb the contents of this book will have a better understanding of character motivation and behavior. As a result, they will be able to understand individuals better and to adapt more easily to people in their lives. In many cases they will understand themselves better, and ,as a result, be able to lead less conflicted lives. The conclusions reached in the stories bear out the findings of insightful psychology in a manner interesting to all. Purchase Amazon or Barnes & Noble
The Autobiography of Maria Callas
A fictionalised account of the well-known and not so widely known details of the tempestuous and passionate, creative and private life of the internationally acclaimed diva. The soaring heights of her talents, the fears of her decline, written from a psychological, highly controversial perspective. Purchase Amazon or Barnes & Noble
The Deadly Jigsaw Puzzle
My patient, Veronica Vail, was murdered in her Park Avenue apartment. Lt. John Franklin asks my help in finding the killer. We interview her husband Roland, his daughter by a former marriage who never liked Veronica, and Carlos de la Cuesta, a handsome, black-haired drag queen in love with Roland. Lt. Franklin hypothesizes that a stranger broke into the Vail apartment to steal a painting. Roland confirms that an expensive painting has disappeared. A maid named Lottie Lobell tells us that while looking out the window on the day of the murder, she saw a black-haired man run away from the building carrying a painting. He is found and brought in for questioning. Using purely psychological clues, I confront all the suspects with the truth. The killer collapses under my inquisition, and confesses. Purchase Amazon or Barnes & Noble
The Tree That Could Fly
“The Tree That Could Fly” is a charming fairy tale of the old school, elegantly illustrated with paintings of classical style. The book has captivated the author’s children, grandchildren, and young friends for many generations. Purchase Amazon
Who Killed Marcia Maynard?
Dr. Marcia Maynard, famous child psychoanalyst and infant researcher, was murdered in her bed at the El Dorado Apartment House in Manhattan by an unknown killer. Psychoanalyst Mary Wells helps solve the mystery with her astute analytical and psychological skills. In conjunction with her lover Detective John Franklin, they are an almost unstoppable team.
Dr. Wells and Lt. Franklin are devastated to hear that his “Auntie Marcie” and Well’s colleague and former analyst has been murdered. The pair, who are both in mourning for Maynard, need all their wits about them as they question her colleagues, staff, and friends.
Finding someone angry enough to kill Maynard was not difficult, as many people had been mistreated by the doctor. The suspects included her beautiful Indian housekeeper, Asha Rupashi, whom Maynard continually abused and who was a beneficiary in Maynard’s will, her chief associate for 30 years, Dr. James Whirter, a man her colleagues said she treated “like a lapdog,” Rogerio Chavez, a Chinese restaurant delivery man, whom Maynard had insulted and infuriated, and several suitors whom she had rejected. The book ends with the killer opening up under ingenious psychological questioning by Dr. Wells, who then falls into Lt. Franklin’s arms. Purchase Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Who Killed Virginia Woolf?: A Psychobiography
Who, if anyone, was responsible when Virginia Woolf wandered across the water-meadows and threw herself in the river Ouse? By examining the various strains which led to Woolf’s tragically ending her life — the true nature of her marriage, her complex relationship with Vita Sackville-West, the pangs of sexual insecurity, and the lack of self-esteem — noted psychoanalyst Alma H. Bond illustrates how these influences coalesced to bring Woolf’s life to a logical ending. Purchase Amazon or Barnes & Noble