Long Shot LP: My Bipolar Life and the Horses Who Saved Me

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Alcohol. Lithium. Buddhist chanting.

To quiet the voices in her mind, Sylvia Harris tried all of theabove. At times, her manic behavior led her to dress up as a cowgirl and show off her rope skills in the middle of a quaint Northern California village. At its worst, it led her to look for love in all the wrong places and create a family she had difficulty caring for. While she occasionally found temporary relief, darkness always followed. At the nadir of her twenty-year battle...

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Overview

Alcohol. Lithium. Buddhist chanting.

To quiet the voices in her mind, Sylvia Harris tried all of theabove. At times, her manic behavior led her to dress up as a cowgirl and show off her rope skills in the middle of a quaint Northern California village. At its worst, it led her to look for love in all the wrong places and create a family she had difficulty caring for. While she occasionally found temporary relief, darkness always followed. At the nadir of her twenty-year battle with bipolar depression, Harris found salvation in the most unlikely of places—Cardinal Farm, an equine ranch outside Orlando, Florida.

While Harris had always been drawn to animals, she had no idea of the healing power of working with horses. And while she still experienced raging highs and destabilizing lows, eventually, through grooming and racing horses, she was able to find stability. With an unflinching eye toward her weaknesses and the pain her decisions have inflicted upon others, Harris examines the ravaging power of her bipolar behavior and the magical power of horses.

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Editorial Reviews

BlackVoices.com
“Heart-wrenching. . . . Highly recommended for people struggling with [bipolar disorder] and anyone who loves them. . . . [Harris’s] fighting spirit emanates from the page.”
Essence
“Even if you don’t love horses you will still cheer for Sylvia Harris after reading her memoir. . . . After reading Long Shot, you’ll feel there’s little that you can’t accomplish.”
Lowell Sun
“Terrifically insightful [and] beautifully crafted, this book pulls no punches. . . . Each page of Long Shot reminds us once again of the adage that the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person.”
The Economist
“An edgy, unapologetic account of [Harris’s] race to outrun the illness that consumed her. . . . A tribute to the power of the horse to calm, contain and inspire.”
Booklist
“[A] truly compelling tale of the havoc mental illness can wreak and how a passion can lead to healing.”
Philadelphia Tribune
“Inspiring. . . . One of the more interesting sports book that you will find.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062018038
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sylvia Harris is a jockey. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware. This is her first book.

Coauthor Eunetta T. Boone is a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and an award-winning sportswriter. She is a writer, creator, and producer of television as well as film.

Coauthor Bill Boulware is also a writer, creator, and producer of television, and has been a freelance writer for The Cosby Show and various PBS programs, among others. He has taught writing at the American Film Institute, USC, and UCLA. He also contributed an essay to the Writers Guild Foundation's book Doing It for Money.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

The Race: Hawthorne Race Course 1

The Start: Santa Rosa, California 7

Furlong 1 Santa Rosa, California 22

Furlong 2 Los Angeles, California 40

Furlong 3 Staunton, Virginia 70

Furlong 4 Orlando, Florida 89

Furlong 5 Ocala, Florida 113

Furlong 6 The OBS 138

Furlong 7 Quail Roost II 163

Furlong 8 Mr. H 180

Furlong 9 Breezing 195

Furlong 10 Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course 218

The Finish 240

Epilogue 247

Acknowledgments 259

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  • Posted March 31, 2014

    I read this book about a year ago.  With everything that was hap

    I read this book about a year ago.  With everything that was happening to Sylvia, you knew that everything wasn't going to work out. Needless to say, you continued the book wishing that things worked out..   It was a good read.

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