25 Books to Read Before You Die
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | August 20, 2014

Julie Schumacher: IMG Dear Professor Fitger



Saint Paul, August 2014 Dear Professor Fitger, I've been asked to say a few words about you for Powells.com. Having dreamed you up with a ball-point... Continue »
  1. $16.07 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Dear Committee Members

    Julie Schumacher 9780385538138

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$10.50
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
2 Local Warehouse Psychology- Mood Disorders and Depression

This title in other editions

Scattershot: My Bipolar Family

by

Scattershot: My Bipolar Family Cover

ISBN13: 9780525950783
ISBN10: 0525950788
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 2 left in stock at $10.50!

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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 Lovelace's immediate family have experienced bipolar disorder — including David himself. His relationship with the disease began with his artist mother's severe depressions during his boyhood in the 1960s and continued through decades of his preacher father's increasingly eccentric behavior. The family's 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 Lovelace's poignant, humorous, and vivid account of the disease'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. Scattershot explores the powerful connections between fundamentalist religious belief and mental illness, illuminated by David's 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.

Review:

"As a twenty-something in the 1980s, Lovelace discovered that he had bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic-depression), a shattering mental illness shared by both his parents and, they would find later, his younger brother. Growing up, his parents went largely undiagnosed — his mother's initial breakdown was in 1949, the days when 'psychiatrists diagnosed almost all delusional illness as schizophrenia,' and the only treatment was electroshock. Members of his family spent years in deep, undiagnosed suffering, largely from depression ('Denial wasn't difficult, not yet. No one in my family had experienced mania'), and Lovelace spent years running from his illness through Mexico, South America and later to New York, accompanied by drugs and alcohol: 'I've denied my own illness and I've loved it almost to death.' Lovelace's poetic prose is both matter-of-fact and haunted, capturing the unpredictable rhythms of mental illness: 'Alone in the bathroom I made a smile in the mirror and it strangled my eyes.' Readers will get a real sense of the interior world of a single patient, and a family, on the verge of a mental breakdown." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"No one in the family lacks love for one another, and that's what makes this story so poignant." Library Journal

Review:

"When Lovelace chronicles a manic episode, the prose comes in breathless, eloquent bursts; when he describes crushing depression, it's as though all the air is being sucked out of the room. Compelling, charming and devastating." Kirkus Reviews

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 has won mention in Patterson Review's Allen Ginsberg Award.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

nviens, October 13, 2008 (view all comments by nviens)
Absolutely the best book I have ever read about bipolar illness. Most books cover details and statistics, but not about the real feelings that people suffer from. This is the most honest and heartfelt explanation of what it is reallly like.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(8 of 13 readers found this comment helpful)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780525950783
Subtitle:
My Bipolar Family
Author:
Lovelace, David
Publisher:
Plume
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Manic-depressive illness
Subject:
Manic-depressive persons
Subject:
Specific Groups - General
Subject:
Mental Illness
Subject:
Psychopathology - Manic Depressive Illness
Subject:
Psychopathology - Bipolar Disorder
Subject:
Manic-depressive illness -- Treatment.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20091124
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.08x6.30x1.02 in. .92 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. The Glass Castle: A Memoir
    Used Trade Paper $5.95
  2. The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey...
    Used Trade Paper $10.95
  3. Manic: A Memoir
    Used Trade Paper $4.95
  4. Madness: A Bipolar Life
    Used Hardcover $6.50
  5. The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The... Used Trade Paper $6.95

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Bipolar Disorder
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Mood Disorders and Depression
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Psychopathology » Bipolar Disorder

Scattershot: My Bipolar Family Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$10.50 In Stock
Product details 304 pages Dutton Books - English 9780525950783 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As a twenty-something in the 1980s, Lovelace discovered that he had bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic-depression), a shattering mental illness shared by both his parents and, they would find later, his younger brother. Growing up, his parents went largely undiagnosed — his mother's initial breakdown was in 1949, the days when 'psychiatrists diagnosed almost all delusional illness as schizophrenia,' and the only treatment was electroshock. Members of his family spent years in deep, undiagnosed suffering, largely from depression ('Denial wasn't difficult, not yet. No one in my family had experienced mania'), and Lovelace spent years running from his illness through Mexico, South America and later to New York, accompanied by drugs and alcohol: 'I've denied my own illness and I've loved it almost to death.' Lovelace's poetic prose is both matter-of-fact and haunted, capturing the unpredictable rhythms of mental illness: 'Alone in the bathroom I made a smile in the mirror and it strangled my eyes.' Readers will get a real sense of the interior world of a single patient, and a family, on the verge of a mental breakdown." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "No one in the family lacks love for one another, and that's what makes this story so poignant."
"Review" by , "When Lovelace chronicles a manic episode, the prose comes in breathless, eloquent bursts; when he describes crushing depression, it's as though all the air is being sucked out of the room. Compelling, charming and devastating."
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.