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"It is good, 2010." A watercolor by Mark Vonnegut. (Courtesy of the artist)
"It is good, 2010." A watercolor by Mark Vonnegut. (Courtesy of the artist)

Mark Vonnegut has a famous father: Kurt. But that wasn't always the case.

Mark Vonnegut with son Mark Oliver. (Courtesy Random House)
Mark Vonnegut with son Mark Oliver. (Courtesy Random House)

Mark was just 21 when Slaughterhouse Five was published and the money started coming in. In his new memoir, Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So, he writes, "My sisters grew up the children of a famous writer. I did not."

For Mark, it wasn't easy getting used to his father as a celebrity writer. In his son's mind, Kurt Vonnegut would forever be the underdog, not the writer decked out in a Brooks Brothers wardrobe, shaking the hands of fans he met on the street.

But this memoir is about more than Kurt; it's about being Mark and creating a successful, fulfilling life and career despite four psychotic breaks and fears about the next one.

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This program aired on October 25, 2010.

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