A Memoir

Book - 2008
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On the outside, Terri Cheney was a successful, attractive Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer. But behind her seemingly flawless façade lay a dangerous secret--for most of her life Cheney had been battling bipolar disorder and concealing a pharmacy's worth of prescriptions meant to make her "normal." Cheney describes her roller-coaster life with shocking honesty--from glamorous parties to a night in jail; from flying fourteen kites off the edge of a cliff in a thunderstorm to crying beneath her office desk; from electroshock therapy to a suicide attempt fueled by tequila and prescription painkillers. The events unfold episodically, from mood to mood, the way she lived and remembers life. In this way the reader is able to viscerally experience the incredible speeding highs of mania and the crushing blows of depression. This book does not simply explain bipolar disorder--it takes us in its grasp and does not let go.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [2008]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780061430237
Branch Call Number: B Cheney T AUTO
Characteristics: 245 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 05, 2018

This was well written but I didn't enjoy it. Which, is my own issues. I can't think of any reasons why I should dislike this book that are objective. Personally, I had issues with the way she nonchalantly talked about killing herself like it was just a regular thing on her "to-do" list. I'm sure that is because she is Manic. The book was hard to get through. The only reason I would recommend this book is the same reason my boyfriend said he enjoyed the book, it shows you what other people are going through. It helps us to understand things we'd never gone through and what it feels like.

ellennyc Sep 09, 2015

The image in the catalog for this book is incorrect: the image is for "The Good Rat" by Jimmy Breslin, not "Manic" by Terri Cheney.

penpencil22 Jun 24, 2011

I loved it. It was helpful in understanding bipolar disorder, and still entertaining. very well-written.


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