What reviewers are saying about "Storm of the i"







What reviewers are saying?

“Powerful. This is a poignant and gripping Rorschach test of a book. Smart, funny and deep, it is filled with wonderful art and the wisdom of a truly original mind.”

—Joan Holt, Editor-in-Chief, Metropolitan Museum of Art Magazine, 1979-2005

“Tina Collen has created a rare masterpiece of memoir brimming with wit, wisdom, and beauty. Her vibrant inner journey is transmitted on dual wavelengths: the languages of both word and image. The resulting synthesis is bold, authentic, fanciful, and free ... a reminder of the untamed world of possibility that lies within every human heart. This book is a jewel.”

—Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School,
New York Times best-selling author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

“I've been in the book business for thirty years and have seen a lot of books. But I've never seen anything like Storm of the i. It's extraordinary—inventive, beautiful and brave.”

—David Bolduc, owner of The Boulder Bookstore

“Artists and writers are often the ones who forge the path for the rest of us. That Collen could set down her brush and then pick up a pen and write her life with such mastery is an inspiration. As the baby boomers enter their most reflective decades, watch for Artobiography to become an emerging trend.”

—Patricia Aburdene, author of Megatrends 2010,
co-author of Megatrends, #1 on the a New York Times bestseller list for 2 years.

“Marvelous ... warm, clever, lively and great to look at. It’s packed with fascinating insights. I started putting little yellow Post-its on all the things I really liked.There were so many I ran out.

—Ted Conover, Pulitzer Prize finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award winner

“Behind creativity there is often a struggle trying to work its way out and this is the story of that struggle. Unlike artists who feed their pain, in Storm of the i, Tina Collen uses her talent to understand and ameliorate it. Along the way, she creates a new genre that is overflowing with quirky inventiveness—foldout paintings and photographs, diecuts, an omniscient pop-up and even a mildly scandalous lift-up flap. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.”

—Lena Torslow Hansen, Museum Art Books

“The most unusual thing about this remarkable memoir is that it’s not about the author— it’s about the reader.”

—Marilyn Van Derbur, Award-winning author and motivational speaker, Miss America 1958

“An emotional tour de force—hard to believe this is her first book. It’s a 10 in creativity, art, and revelation. Now that the inner storm has been channeled, I see Artobiography Workshops on the horizon.”

—Dr. Judith Briles, award-winning, best-selling author of 22 books
including The Confidence Factor

“An exuberant and engaging exploration, a collection of touching and humorous personal stories that are woven seamlessly together. Though the author obviously delights in tweaking the nose of propriety, her message is authentic. Using little psychological or spiritual jargon it has instead the power of an ordinary voice speaking truth.”

—Evi Bassoff, psychologist,
author of Mothers and Daughters, Cherishing Our Daughters, and Mothering Ourselves

“Brilliant and touching. It brought tears to my eyes. I was totally engrossed from the first moment I started reading to the very last period. I followed every word like it was a psychological thriller and experienced her epiphany as if it were my own.”

—Nancy Spanier, Artistic Director, Performance Inventions, Sireuil, France