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

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"Endorphins sped through me. I spun around, growing dizzy, frantic, and silly. I wasn't drunk, but I felt a nice stoned feeling, sans paranoia, and I thought, 'I believe I've found my new pharmaceutical deep inside.' I giggled fearlessly, manically at this and looked down at myself; hands, arms, chest, and belly covered in crimson . . . "

In his early twenties, David Fitzpatrick became so consumed by mental illness it sent him into a frenzy of cutting himself with razor blades. In this shocking and often moving ...

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Overview

"Endorphins sped through me. I spun around, growing dizzy, frantic, and silly. I wasn't drunk, but I felt a nice stoned feeling, sans paranoia, and I thought, 'I believe I've found my new pharmaceutical deep inside.' I giggled fearlessly, manically at this and looked down at myself; hands, arms, chest, and belly covered in crimson . . . "

In his early twenties, David Fitzpatrick became so consumed by mental illness it sent him into a frenzy of cutting himself with razor blades. In this shocking and often moving book, he describes the rush this act gave him, the fleeting high that seemed to fill the spaces in the rest of his life. It started a difficult battle from which he would eventually emerge with a knowledge that led to his own emotional resurrection.

With prose that is tough and gritty, profound and insightful, Sharp is a tale of hope, a soul-baring quest of a lost man who returns to himself, overcomes his demons, and reclaims his life.

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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. ”
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.”
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062064035
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Pages: 354
  • Sales rank: 1,429,018
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Fitzpatrick

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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Table of Contents

Introduction: Bending the Arc 1

Chapter 1 Before the Shellacking 17

Chapter 2 The Deal That Worked 45

Chapter 3 A Complete Win 79

Chapter 4 A Quiet Victory 102

Chapter 5 The Strategy 123

Chapter 6 Leaning Forward 149

Chapter 7 The Battle Begins 178

Chapter 8 Leading from Behind the Scenes 202

Chapter 9 The End of the Beginning 226

Chapter 10 Mission Accomplished 253

Chapter 11 Return of the Hostage Takers 278

Chapter 12 The Big Cross 303

Chapter 13 Obama Unleashed 350

Chapter 14 The Battle Ahead 388

Epilogue to the Paperback Edition 399

Acknowledgements 415

A Note on Sources 419

Index 425

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