"Margaret R. Miles is one of the most insightful religious thinkers of our time. The breadth of her historical understanding of Western thought and art, and her sensitive observations about the changing roles of women over time, have been clearly established in her other books. In this book she advances our understanding of mental illness and drug addiction."
--Malcolm Young, Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Los Altos, California
"Margaret R. Miles has crafted a narrative marked by honesty and wisdom. A sister's promise and devotion, added to a brother's pain and courage, are key ingredients for The Wendell Cocktail. The suffering and anger voiced in her brother's journal entries are palpable. They bear convincing witness to the struggles of those living with mental illness and addiction in a culture that does not deal well with either."
--Flora Keshgegian, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Graduate Theological Union
"This unusually personal volume is by turns painful, insightful, and disturbing, even occasionally beautiful and humorous, illuminating the dark corners of addiction and mental illness by skillfully interweaving the journals of an acute sufferer with the commentary of a compassionate observer--an observer who is also a distinguished historian and thinker. Deliberately avoiding neat lessons and pat answers, Margaret R. Miles nevertheless ensures that, through sharing her brother's story, his intense pain is not wasted."
--Robert MacSwain, Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Ethics, The University of the South
"The Wendell Cocktail considers the fierce landscape of mental illness and addiction. By opening her own journal alongside those of her brother, Miles speaks not about but from the experience. . . . If you've ever wanted to get inside the head of someone with this condition, this book points the path. And if you've ever needed language to express your own experience, Wendell's journals, graciously edited and shared, give an account from a fellow-traveler."
--Martha E. Stortz, Professor for Religion and Vocation, Augsburg College