Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies and Suicide

Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies and Suicide

by Stephanie Schroeder


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Twenty-five year old Stephanie Schroeder arrived in New York City in 1990 with edgy good looks, attitude to burn and undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Her unflinching memoir chronicles her trajectory through the worlds of queer political activism, corporate America, intimate partner violence, unwilling parenthood, erotic discovery, 9/11...and three attempted suicides.

Repeatedly falling through the cracks of the U.S. healthcare system, Schroeder became her own advocate, found help and began a healthier life. Readers will find both entertainment and inspiration in the rollercoaster twists and turns of this "beautiful wreck" of a memoir.

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ISBN-13: 9780985388102
Publisher: Creative Evolution
Publication date: 09/28/2012
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 887,471
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Joseph Amiel

...a raw, powerful exposure of one woman's life. Stephanie is incapable of dissimulation...her honesty is arresting, convincing and always winning. You truly care about her on the page and in her life. I was mesmerized, and you will be too.--Joseph Amiel, author of A Question of Proof and Birthright

Kaitlin Bell Barnett

A riveting and painfully honest account, Beautiful Wreck not only demonstrates the importance of humor and perseverance in the face of mental illness, but also affirms the power of self-reinvention.--Kaitlin Bell Barnett, author of Dosed: The Medication Generation Grows Up

Kate Millett

Brave and relentless, a courage to do it all that astounds one. To write it all down. But that is what I have come to expect from Stephanie Schroeder. I have known her some 25 years and watched what she has done with her life: journalism, law; wonderful what she has been through; to hell and back again. A survivor. Always with a sense of humor, a jauntiness that says to hell with ordinary opinion.
--Kate Millett, author of Sexual Politics

Joan Nestle

Written with humor, insight, perception, courage--a much needed work from a talented writer.--Joan Nestle, activist, archivist & author of A Restricted Country and A Fragile Union

Victoria A. Brownworth

The memoir is now de rigeur, a rite of passage for middle-aged writers. To make one's story stand out, it must stand up—to scrutiny, to deconstruction, to other people's revisionism. Beautiful Wreck stands up—it's the raw, honest, balls out (ovaries out?), in-your-face lesbian version of James Frey's A Million Little Pieces without the lying and posturing. Schroeder takes us, in real time and retrospectively, on the trip through “comfort suicide”—the belief that death can be an answer to depression. She explicates how normative emotional pain so severe it makes you want to die can become. Fortunately, three attempts with no success were the charm; that dark round-trip down the river Styx brings Schroeder back irrevocably to life at its deepest, fullest and most inspirational. This is what survival is, and Schroeder lays it bare.--Victoria A. Brownworth, award-winning author, Too Queer: Essays from a Radical Life and Coming Out of Cancer

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