Scattershot: My Bipolar Family : a Memoir

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Penguin, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 292 pages
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The Glass Castle meets An Unquiet Mind in a mesmerizing, loving memoir about growing up in a family plagued by bipolar disorder.

Four out of the five people in poet David Lovelace┬'s immediate family have experienced bipolar disorder┬Śincluding David himself. His relationship with the disease began with his artist mother┬'s severe depressions during his boyhood in the 1960s and continued through decades of his preacher father┬'s increasingly eccentric behavior. The family┬'s battle with the disorder reached its apex in 1986, the year that his father, his brother, and David himself were all committed in quick succession. Only his sister has escaped unscathed.

Scattershot is Lovelace┬'s poignant, humorous, and vivid account of the disease┬'s effects on his family, and his gripping exploits as he spent his life running from┬Śand finally learning to embrace┬Śthe madness imprinted on his genes. Scattershot explores the powerful connections between fundamentalist religious belief and mental illness, illuminated by David┬'s strange and fantastic childhood in church camps and parish residences.

A coming-of-age story punctuated by a series of truly harrowing experiences, this devastating and empathetic portrait of the Lovelace family strips away the shame associated with bipolar disorder and celebrates the profound creative gifts that come with it.
  

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Review: Scattershot: My Bipolar Family

User Review  - Laurie - Goodreads

Wow. Unlike any memoir I (or you) have ever read. David Lovelace is gifted, lucky, funny, honest, and bipolar. In fact his whole nuclear 1950s family is - mom, dad, and younger brother - only his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Patricia Geller - Goodreads

If I review another memoir of a crazy or dysfunctional family, you have my permission to take away my library card or institutionalize me....your choice. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
25
Section 5
27
Section 6
30
Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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About the author (2008)

David Lovelace is a writer, carpenter, and former owner of the Montague Bookmill, a bookstore near Amherst, Massachusetts. His poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has won mention in Patterson Review┬'s Allen Ginsberg Award.

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