Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll, and Mental Illness

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In March 2007, twenty-fourhours afterMary Weiland dragged her husbandScott’s pricey rock-starwardrobe ontotheir driveway and torched it, she wasarrested and locked up in a mental hospital.

To the outside world, Weiland hadled what seemed to be an enviable life.A successful international model inthe nineties, she married her longtimesweetheart, Scott Weiland of Stone TemplePilots and Velvet Revolver, in 2000. Marywas the sane one, went the ...

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Overview

In March 2007, twenty-fourhours afterMary Weiland dragged her husbandScott’s pricey rock-starwardrobe ontotheir driveway and torched it, she wasarrested and locked up in a mental hospital.

To the outside world, Weiland hadled what seemed to be an enviable life.A successful international model inthe nineties, she married her longtimesweetheart, Scott Weiland of Stone TemplePilots and Velvet Revolver, in 2000. Marywas the sane one, went the story; it wasthe tempestuous, unpredictable Scott whowas crazy. But the truth was somewherein between.

With refreshing candor, innate comictiming, and earned wisdom, Weilandchronicles her quest to come to grips withthe addictions that could have killed her,and to understand and manage her bipolardisorder. Fall to Pieces is a wild ride intothe dark and back into the light.

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  • Mary Forsberg Weiland
    Mary Forsberg Weiland  

Editorial Reviews

People
“A harrowing story of addiction and mental illness.”
Reuters
“For all the death and devastation detailed in its pages, this book is surprisingly funny.”
New York Post
“A worthy addition to the rock canon.”
People Magazine
"A harrowing story of addiction and mental illness."
Dave Navarro
“A brutally honest and compelling account of Mary Weiland’s struggles with addiction and mental illness. Brave, bold and unfiltered, Mary’s writing injects humor and levity in a way that is both entertaining and necessary. I have no doubt that this important book will help save many lives.”
Doctor - Drew Pinsky
"Mary Weiland’s beautifully crafted memoir takes the reader through the journey that is so very common today, the slow drift into addiction and mental illness. Honest, clear, and accurate, Fall to Pieces is perhaps the most vivid rendition of this experience I have ever come across."
Terri Cheney
“Mary Weiland describes the depths of madness and addiction with surprising clarity. Fall to Pieces is a wild, gripping story, told with intense emotional honesty.”
Dr. Drew Pinsky
“Mary Weiland’s beautifully crafted memoir takes the reader through the journey that is so very common today, the slow drift into addiction and mental illness. Honest, clear, and accurate, Fall to Pieces is perhaps the most vivid rendition of this experience I have ever come across.”
Publishers Weekly
Weiland's lively, vernacular memoir tells the sadly wasted but ultimately self-directed tale of her meteoric rise as a model from impoverished, half-Mexican roots to a precipitous plunge into drug addiction. Growing up in a broken Southern California home in the 1980s, where she lived mostly with her working Mexican mother in near poverty, the author, née Forsberg, found autonomy and financial independence early on in modeling; by age 14 she was a finalist for a Seventeen magazine modeling contest and traveling to New York; by 16, she had quit school, been legally “emancipated” and booked overseas jobs. She also became infatuated with aspiring rock and roller Scott Weiland, who was briefly her driver, and as he became hugely successful with his band, Stone Temple Pilots, he slid into heroin addiction and dragged her along with him. He was also involved with another woman, and the author's account is a painful re-enactment of her youthful abasement. From partying scene to junkie desperation to psychiatrist's office, jail and rehab, Forsberg Weiland battled her demons, learning with some surprise that she suffered from bipolar disorder. Having two children with Scott turned her around, though her marriage crumbled when he didn't change. Weiland's forthright, resilient can-do spirit injects this sad story with a healthy moral. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061719165
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 182,524
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Forsberg Weiland lives with her two children in Los Angeles, where she is studying for her certification in drug and alcohol counseling, with a focus on co-occurring disorders. This is her first book.

A former editor at Esquire, Lear's, and Good Housekeeping magazines, Larkin Warren was a contributing writer to Addiction: Why Can't They Just Stop?, the companion book to HBO's documentary of the same name, and collaborated with Professor Elyn R. Saks on Saks's bestselling memoir, The Center Cannot Hold, which Time magazine named one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Crown City by the Sea 9

2 Walk Fast 31

3 "Be a Model or Just Look Like One!" 53

4 Love Is the Drug 69

5 Trouble 87

6 Black Again 107

7 Not Dark Yet (But It's Getting There) 129

8 The Chaos Tour 145

9 Swimming Through Cotton 171

10 Into Your Arms 187

11 I Do ... Again 211

12 En Fuego 233

13 October Winds 263

14 Bye Bipolar 273

Acknowledgments 289

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2009

    Absolutely loved it!

    I picked up this book because I am a huge fan of Scott Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots. I knew about his drug abuse through the years and just figured it was the typical "Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll", and I was mistaken. This book drug me through the mind of someone with terrible mental illness, depression, and anxiety but in the end I became more compassionate about their situations than I thought. The details of drug use and withdrawl were raw and full of emotion. I felt incredibly connected to these people and amazed at what they have overcome. This is a wonderful book!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

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    Great book dealing with dual diagnosis!

    This is an amazing book for anyone dealing with dual diagnosis. Whether your suffering yourself, or know someone who is. Bipolar and addiction together can be truly terrifying to deal with. As someone who dealt with these issues for 10 years myself I can attest to that. This book has helped me tremendously and I've been clean and sober for over 6 years. And even with all that I've learned over those years, I still learned many things from this book. It's hard enough to put yourself out and own up to your mistakes to your friends and family, but to put it down on paper and put it out there for the whole world to see? That takes more courage than most have. Whether your reading this book because you like reading about "celebrities" or because you have any kind of interest in addiction or mental health you will NOT be disappointed! I can tell that this will be one of those books that stays on my shelf forever and is read over and over...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    Wildly Intense

    An accurate depiction of the Rock and Roll scene of the 90's. Mary presents the full picture, from growing up poor in Southern California to becoming a well paid model meeting and ultimately landing the love of her life. Unfortunately Scott Weiland is a hardcore heroin addict. I have always loved STP and followed the stories about him and his addiction. If you're a recovered or recovering addict, beware. It's hardcore. Even having 14 yrs sober myself, it touched some nerves that are still raw. But just when I thought I couldn't stand it any longer, Mary would bring it back to the real. I highly recommend this read for anyone who wants to know the whole truth behind Scott, Mary and STP.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

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    Bridget's Review

    Mary ended up in a mental institution after throwing her husbands clothes out and setting them on fire. She suffered from depression and would lay in bed for days. A lot of the time, she didn't even know why she was reacting a certain way. Addiction and depression seem to go hand in hand, so Mary was battling both.

    It's an absorbing read that hits close to home for me. I too suffer from depression and it is a very difficult illness to live with. I know how brave Mary must be to pour out her life for the whole world to read. She's a strong woman and I hope that her book inspires others to get the help they need.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    Something about Mary

    I was just perusing biographies and picked this up (as a fan of old STP, I was curious about a wife's take), and I found myself really interested in Mary, whom I honestly expected to be vapid. Her book is good. She has a good sense of humor and does a great job illustrating her adventures. Mental illness is a sad state untreated. She really seems unfiltered when chronicling her digression and I think that helps the reader understand her. If you're interestd in learning about drug abuse and bipolar disorder, Ms. F.W. can definitely show you what those places look like from the inside. I'm glad she wrote this book. She's intelligent and charming and she deserves to tell us so. Good read. Good job.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

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    Easy read. Powerful story.

    I am fascinated by people who manage to overcome addictions, and even though I have never heard of Mary Forsberg Weiland, I have certainly heard of her husband. As a teenage fan of Stone Temple Pilots, I decided to give this story a shot. Very moving and sad, and uplifting at the same time. Congratulations to Mary for finding her strength.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

    Bittersweet

    Mary Weiland's story of addiction and painfully slow recovery is a fascinating and absorbing read. I found it both melancholy and bittersweet. I applaud Mary's resolve in striving so hard to recover and find her way in life. It is a struggle for most people to deal with day-to-day realities, but when hampered by mental disorders and a predilection toward addiction, it can become completely overwhelming. My only criticism of this book is that the story is not always linear and often drifts and overlaps in time. I completely understand how difficult it must be to reconstruct events that occurred in a haze of drugs, alcohol, depression and mania, yet I still found certain areas of the book confusing in time and/or not fully developed. That one criticism notwithstanding, I found the book captivating and was completely drawn into Mary and her husband's successes and failures in fighting the demons that led to such a downward spiral. Her ultimate triumph is an amazing feat.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Great Book. Worth Reading!

    I am a huge fan of Scott Weiland and his band, the Stone Temple Pilots. I was walking around trying to find a good book, and I ran across this one. The cover was the reason a noticed it, then the last name. I picked it up, ran home, and read it in one day. I stayed up all night reading it b/c I couldn't put it down. The book made me love Scott, hate Scott for what he did to Mary, and fall in love with Mary and their relationship. It gave me an inside view of what went on and made me realize that being in one of the best bands, and having an awesome modeling career isn't everything. It gave me hope that dreams to come true- and made me more aware of what a horrible life it is to lead when using drugs (I don't use drugs nor have I ever, but it gave me an inside perspective of a drug user's life).
    I adore this book- it is a GREAT book- worth every single penny of my money. I hope she writes another one. I also hope Scott and her work everything out and possibly get back together. If not, I wish them the best in their SOBER life!
    READ THIS BOOK! IT IS great!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Great book

    Highly recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Good book

    This book was well written and sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Good book

    I read this in two days, as it was interesting and easy to read. I was a fan of STP during the end of their first time around, then a fan of Velvet Revolver and the STP reunion. I read Scott Weiland's autobiography a year before reading Mary's, and find that Mary's was a great balance to his book. It was interesting to compare the stories and find the parallels. Mary told her story without ever taking a negative tone, blaming others for her problems, or searching for sympathy; nor did she ever play the victim. I gained a lot of respect for her after reading her book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Thank you!!!

    Great help!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    A great memoir for crawling out of an abyss.

    Mary Weiland is probably best known for being Scott Weiland's wife. However, because of this book, I knew more about her; her upbringing, her modeling career, & her drug addiction, & her recovery. It was an intriguing roller coaster ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Beautiful

    Beautiful, truthful, and emotional. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Amazing book

    One of favorite books I've ever read! a must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    One of the best memoirs I've read.

    Mary's tells a very vivid story of her past. Well written, and you really get a since of what it was like her. Also a great read for any Stone Temple Pilot fan. You get a great idea of how Scott's mind works.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This was an amazing book! It highlighted the struggles of addiction and depression. Dark at times but gives you a real insight into the lives of struggling addicts. Very good read!

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    *****

    This was a very good read and I had a hard time putting it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Great read. Couldn't put it down.

    As someone who was recently diagnosed bipolar, the similarities between Mary Forsberg and I are uncanny. I am so glad to find a book on bipolar disorder that I can relate to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Great book, worth your time

    An interesting look at the life of a model and rockstar. It shows you the unglamorous side of fame. Held my interest throughout.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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