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The Glass Castle meets An Unquiet Mind in a mesmerizing, loving memoir about growing up in a family plagued by bipolar disorder.

Four out of the five people in poet David Lovelaceas immediate family have experienced bipolar disorderaincluding David himself. His relationship with the disease began with his artist motheras severe depressions during his boyhood in the 1960s and continued through decades of his preacher fatheras increasingly eccentric behavior. The familyas battle with the disorder reached its apex in 1986, the year that his father, his brother, and David himself were all committed in quick succession. Only his sister has escaped unscathed.

Scattershot is Lovelaceas poignant, humorous, and vivid account of the diseaseas effects on his family, and his gripping exploits as he spent his life running fromaand finally learning to embraceathe madness imprinted on his genes. Scattershot explores the powerful connections between fundamentalist religious belief and mental illness, illuminated by Davidas strange and fantastic childhood in church camps and parish residences.

A coming-of-age story punctuated by a series of truly harrowing experiences, this devastating and empathetic portrait of the Lovelace family strips away the shame associated with bipolar disorder and celebrates the profound creative gifts that come with it.

Synopsis:

An memoir of mental illness in the tradition of the bestselling An Unquiet Mind

Scattershot is David Lovelace?s poignant, humorous, and vivid account of bipolar disorder?s effects on his family, and his gripping exploits as he spent his life running from? and finally learning to embrace?the madness imprinted on his genes. Four out of five people in David Lovelace?s immediate family have experienced bipolar disorder? including David himself. In 1986, his father, his brother, and David himself were all committed in quick succession. Only his sister has escaped the disease. A coming-of-age story punctuated by truly harrowing experiences, this devastating and empathetic portrait of the Lovelace family strips away the shame associated with bipolar disorder?a disease that affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans?and celebrates the profound creative gifts that come with it.

About the Author

David Lovelace is a writer, carpenter, and former owner of the Montague Bookmill, a bookstore near Amherst, Massachusetts. His poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was shortlisted for the Patterson Literary Review's Allen Ginsberg Award.

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ISBN:
9780452295612
Author:
Lovelace, David
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
Psychopathology - Bipolar Disorder
Subject:
Specific Groups - General
Subject:
Mental Illness
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.68x5.72x.66 in. .55 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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An memoir of mental illness in the tradition of the bestselling An Unquiet Mind

Scattershot is David Lovelace?s poignant, humorous, and vivid account of bipolar disorder?s effects on his family, and his gripping exploits as he spent his life running from? and finally learning to embrace?the madness imprinted on his genes. Four out of five people in David Lovelace?s immediate family have experienced bipolar disorder? including David himself. In 1986, his father, his brother, and David himself were all committed in quick succession. Only his sister has escaped the disease. A coming-of-age story punctuated by truly harrowing experiences, this devastating and empathetic portrait of the Lovelace family strips away the shame associated with bipolar disorder?a disease that affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans?and celebrates the profound creative gifts that come with it.

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