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Sharp: My Story of Madness, Cutting, and How I Reclaimed My Life
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Sharp: My Story of Madness, Cutting, and How I Reclaimed My Life

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by David Fitzpatrick
 

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David Fitzpatrick’s Sharp is an extraordinary memoir—a fascinating, disturbing look into the mind of a man who, in his early 20s, began cutting himself due to a severe mental illness. A beautifully written treatment of a powerful subject, Fitzpatrick—whose symptoms included extreme depression and self-mutilation—writes movingly and

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David Fitzpatrick’s Sharp is an extraordinary memoir—a fascinating, disturbing look into the mind of a man who, in his early 20s, began cutting himself due to a severe mental illness. A beautifully written treatment of a powerful subject, Fitzpatrick—whose symptoms included extreme depression and self-mutilation—writes movingly and honestly about his affliction and inspires readers with his courage, joining the literary ranks of Terri Cheney (Manic), Augusten Burroughs (Running with Scissors), Marya Hornbacher (Wasted), and Susanna Kaysen (Girl, Interrupted).

“A harrowing journey from self-destructive psychosis to a cautious re-emergence into the flickering sunshine of the sane world….Fitzpatrick writes about mental illness with the unsparing intensity of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton but also with the hard-won self-knowledge of William Styron, Kay Jamison, and other chroniclers of disease, recovery, and management…. A must read, remarkably told.”
—Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much is True

Editorial Reviews

Michael White
“What makes this memoir so riveting and so unforgettable isn’t the myriad of horrors that its narrator inflicts upon himself. It’s the razor-sharp humor and abiding wisdom and depth of humanity with which its author graces the reader. Sharp cuts deep into your heart.”
Wally Lamb
“David Fitzpatrick’s Sharp is a must read, remarkably told.”
Kate Christensen
Sharp is a courageously honest book by a gentle, damaged soul who fought his way to the light with a ferocity he never thought he possessed. Fitzpatrick’s recounting of his struggle with severe mental illness shines with intelligence, pain and hard-won, self-confidence. ”
Rachel Basch
“Tortured and tormented as he was, Fitzpatrick never blinks as he recounts his residency in hell. Piercingly honest, he forces us to recognize and embrace the most broken parts of ourselves. Be forewarned: this book will expand your heart and mind.”
USA Today
Showdown chronicles the administration over the past two years.
Huffington Post
A dramatic behind-the-scenes account of the decision making that occured within the Obama White House following the disastrous-for-Democrats 2010 midterm election... shows how Obama got his groove back in time for the 2012 campaign.
Library Journal
Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine, an analyst for MSNBC and NBC News, and author or coauthor of a couple of New York Times best sellers (e.g., Hubris), Corn seems well placed to evaluate how 2011 has treated President Obama. Important for anyone interested in U.S. politics; with a 100,000-copy first printing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062064035
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/02/2013
Pages:
354
Sales rank:
1,345,828
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are Saying About This

Rachel Basch

“Tortured and tormented as he was, Fitzpatrick never blinks as he recounts his residency in hell. Piercingly honest, he forces us to recognize and embrace the most broken parts of ourselves. Be forewarned: this book will expand your heart and mind.”

Michael White

“What makes this memoir so riveting and so unforgettable isn’t the myriad of horrors that its narrator inflicts upon himself. It’s the razor-sharp humor and abiding wisdom and depth of humanity with which its author graces the reader. Sharp cuts deep into your heart.”

Wally Lamb
David Fitzpatrick’s Sharp is a must read, remarkably told.
Kate Christensen

Sharp is a courageously honest book by a gentle, damaged soul who fought his way to the light with a ferocity he never thought he possessed. Fitzpatrick’s recounting of his struggle with severe mental illness shines with intelligence, pain and hard-won, self-confidence. ”

Chris Matthews
A great book - the real inside story. If you want to understand the Obama White House and how Washington works, you have to read it.

Meet the Author

David Fitzpatrick was born in Dearborn, Michigan, grew up in Connecticut, graduated from Skidmore College, and earned his MFA degree from Fairfield University in 2011. He works part-time at an auto dealership and is married to a graphic designer and fellow writer, Amy Holmes. His work has been published by The New Haven Review, Barely South Review, and Fiction Weekly. He lives in Middletown, Connecticut.

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Sharp: My Story of Madness, Cutting, and How I Reclaimed My Life 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Ran in and up to Sharp Claw. Help! He begged and took him to violet music result 4~Tl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an insightful and beautifully written memoir. A tragic journey with a beautiful outcome. Five well deserved stars.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captures the actual experience of living inside a diseased mind. Mental illness as hell on earth. My son recently died of the same disease. It was fascinating to be able to experience my son's horrors, described by a gifted writer in a way my child could not share. I am happy Mr. Fitzgerald was able to survive to tell his, and my precious son's, story... but with a far happier ending.