The Second: A Memoir of Love and Commitment


Colleen Burns Durda

Officially published June 22, 2021

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My memoir is now available at most booksellers. If you don’t see it where you shop, make sure to ask for it. Thanks so much for your support!

— Colleen

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Published June 22, 2021

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Praise for The Second

“Over the course of this vividly rendered book, Durda tells a courageously honest and harrowing story that features insightful coping techniques.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The Second is an extraordinarily candid odyssey on the bipolar roller-coaster. At its most intense moments, Durda’s memoir is a mystery story in which neither she nor the reader is certain of what is real and what is a delusion. Her decades-long struggle to manage her mental illness is fraught with obstacles, including the mental health care system itself. The Second is an important indictment of practitioner dysfunction, revealed with love for family, resilience, and grace.” — Jeffrey Zuckerman, Author of the award-winning memoir, Unglued: A Bipolar Love Story 

The Story

An unanticipated pregnancy for a suburban Minneapolis mother of three rocks her world in 1987. Determined to gain control of her life, she seeks care from a friendly OB/GYN. Boundaries blur after the child arrives and she finds herself distracted by the relationship with the doctor. Her marriage threatened and completely unhinged, she takes a leap of faith one hot summer night, and the consequences land her in a psychiatric ward.

With hard earned wisdom and insight, she recalls the intervening years dealing with bipolar disorder, raising her children and the evolution of her marriage after she uncovers a devastating secret. Can the marriage survive? Will the doctor continue to play a role in her life? Alternately funny and moving, The Second: A Memoir of Love and Commitment depicts how mental illness sometimes affects lives right next door.

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