He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter's Quest to Know Him - Mimi Baird
This memoir belongs to Dr. Perry Baird, a brilliant doctor studying manic depression just as he begins to suffer from it in the 1940's. His reflections from times spent inside and outside sanitariums convey his volatile state of mind, confusion, and inability to maintain roles as professional, husband, and father. This memoir also belongs to Mimi Baird, Perry's estranged daughter, who pieces together the fractured narrative of her late father's life from his own manuscript found abandoned in a garage thirty years later. These two interwoven stories and Mimi Baird's reporting from many sources bring an intimacy and a humanity to man who deserved better than he got, but at least now can be understood, and forgiven.