Netherlands American Studies Association

Stranger to Ourselves – John Adams Institute

On September 18, 2023, the John Adams Institute is hosting a presentation by Rachel Aviv about her debut book, Strangers to Ourselves.

How do we understand ourselves in periods of crisis and distress? Such moments – familiar to any life – often create tension between our own sense of self and how the rest of the world sees us. New Yorker staff writer Rachel Aviv, author of Strangers to Ourselves, had her first brush with how people perceive mental health and wellbeing when she was diagnosed with anorexia as a young child. This is the point of departure for her meticulously researched non-fiction narrative that leaves no stone unturned, as she examines not only her own experience, but that of a variety of people around the world, each shedding light on a different aspect of mental wellbeing and illness.

The event will take place at Pakhuis de Zwijger (Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC Amsterdam), from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

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