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Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies and Suicide
     

Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies and Suicide

by Stephanie Schroeder
 

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Twenty-five year old Stephanie Schroeder arrived in New York City in 1990 with edgy good looks, attitude to burn and undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Her unflinching memoir chronicles her trajectory through the worlds of queer political activism, corporate America, intimate partner violence, unwilling parenthood, erotic discovery, 9/11...and three attempted suicides.

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Twenty-five year old Stephanie Schroeder arrived in New York City in 1990 with edgy good looks, attitude to burn and undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Her unflinching memoir chronicles her trajectory through the worlds of queer political activism, corporate America, intimate partner violence, unwilling parenthood, erotic discovery, 9/11...and three attempted suicides.

Repeatedly falling through the cracks of the U.S. healthcare system, Schroeder became her own advocate, found help and began a healthier life. Readers will find both entertainment and inspiration in the rollercoaster twists and turns of this "beautiful wreck" of a memoir.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A deeply personal account of the difficulties faced by people suffering from mental illness, Schroeder recounts, in sometimes painful detail, the multiple problems she has faced since childhood. Beginning with “twitches and tics” later diagnosed as Tourette’s syndrome, she endures an emotionally abusive and controlling relationship, struggles with clinical depression, bipolar disorder, and an on-again, off-again, cheating girlfriend. Driven to attempt suicide three separate times, Schroeder’s final try lands her in a locked hospital ward with other severely mentally ill patients and a medical system that appears to her to “enforce inhumanity rather than treat insanity.” After being discharged and going through several therapists in hopes of managing her depression—as well as finding affordable medication—she vents about all the people she believes have failed her over the years: her parents, for assuming her behavior was simply the result of a “bad attitude”; her first girlfriend, for manipulating her into attending law school to improve her own image and having a child against her wishes; her second girlfriend, for dividing her loyalties and time between herself and another woman. Having found a therapist who would take her on with all of her complicated problems, she finally turned her life around through six years of hard work. Schroeder’s brutally honest memoir reveals the extraordinary effort required to take control of one’s mental and emotional health. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780985388102
Publisher:
Creative Evolution
Publication date:
09/28/2012
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Joseph Amiel
...a raw, powerful exposure of one woman's life. Stephanie is incapable of dissimulation...her honesty is arresting, convincing and always winning. You truly care about her on the page and in her life. I was mesmerized, and you will be too.--Joseph Amiel, author of A Question of Proof and Birthright
Kaitlin Bell Barnett
A riveting and painfully honest account, Beautiful Wreck not only demonstrates the importance of humor and perseverance in the face of mental illness, but also affirms the power of self-reinvention.--Kaitlin Bell Barnett, author of Dosed: The Medication Generation Grows Up
Kate Millett
Brave and relentless, a courage to do it all that astounds one. To write it all down. But that is what I have come to expect from Stephanie Schroeder. I have known her some 25 years and watched what she has done with her life: journalism, law; wonderful what she has been through; to hell and back again. A survivor. Always with a sense of humor, a jauntiness that says to hell with ordinary opinion.
--Kate Millett, author of Sexual Politics
Joan Nestle
Written with humor, insight, perception, courage--a much needed work from a talented writer.--Joan Nestle, activist, archivist & author of A Restricted Country and A Fragile Union
Victoria A. Brownworth
The memoir is now de rigeur, a rite of passage for middle-aged writers. To make one's story stand out, it must stand up—to scrutiny, to deconstruction, to other people's revisionism. Beautiful Wreck stands up—it's the raw, honest, balls out (ovaries out?), in-your-face lesbian version of James Frey's A Million Little Pieces without the lying and posturing. Schroeder takes us, in real time and retrospectively, on the trip through “comfort suicide”—the belief that death can be an answer to depression. She explicates how normative emotional pain so severe it makes you want to die can become. Fortunately, three attempts with no success were the charm; that dark round-trip down the river Styx brings Schroeder back irrevocably to life at its deepest, fullest and most inspirational. This is what survival is, and Schroeder lays it bare.--Victoria A. Brownworth, award-winning author, Too Queer: Essays from a Radical Life and Coming Out of Cancer

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