This Fragile Life: A Mother's Story of a Bipolar Son

This Fragile Life: A Mother's Story of a Bipolar Son

by Charlotte Pierce-Baker
     
 

ISBN-10: 1613741081

ISBN-13: 9781613741085

Pub. Date: 06/01/2012

Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated

Charlotte Pierce-Baker did everything right when raising her son, providing not only emotional support but the best education possible. At age twenty-five, he was pursuing a postgraduate degree and seemingly in control of his life. She never imagined her high-achieving son would wind up handcuffed, dirty, and in jail.

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Charlotte Pierce-Baker did everything right when raising her son, providing not only emotional support but the best education possible. At age twenty-five, he was pursuing a postgraduate degree and seemingly in control of his life. She never imagined her high-achieving son would wind up handcuffed, dirty, and in jail.

            The moving story of an African American family facing the challenge of bipolar disorder, This Fragile Life provides insight into mental disorders as well as family dynamics. Pierce-Baker traces the evolution of her son’s illness and, in looking back, realizes she mistook warning signs for typical child and teen behavior. Hospitalizations, calls in the night, alcohol and drug relapses, pleas for money, and continuous disputes, her son’s journey was long, arduous, and almost fatal. This Fragile Life weaves a fascinating story of mental illness, race, family, the drive of African Americans to succeed, and a mother’s love for her son.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613741085
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/2012
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
924,774
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface,
one,
Early and Middle Years,
Adolescence,
University Life,
Life Shifts,
Another Home,
Uncertainty,
two,
Illness Made Manifest,
A Father's Return,
Interlude,
Cop Land,
Madness on Vacation,
three,
Struggling to Heal,
Looking for Work,
The Family Falters,
Alone in Philadelphia,
Jail,
Getting Out,
Rehab,
A Change of Plans,
Trying Independence,
Wrecked Yuletide,
Jail Again,
four,
Skyland Encore,
New Friends,
Home Visit,
Further Acquainted,
A Wedding,
Jobs, Career, and Family,
April Madness,
Once Again,
Reflections on Writing,
Atlanta Book Trip,
Epilogue,
Acknowledgments,
Bibliography/Resources,
Index,

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