Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania

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Random House, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 277 pages
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Electroboy is an emotionally frenzied memoir that reveals with kaleidoscopic intensity the terrifying world of manic depression. For years Andy Behrman hid his raging mania behind a larger-than-life personality. He sought a high wherever he could find one and changed jobs the way some people change outfits: filmmaker, PR agent, art dealer, stripper-whatever made him feel like a cartoon character, invincible and bright. Misdiagnosed by psychiatrists and psychotherapists for years, his condition exacted a terrible price: out-of-control euphoric highs and tornadolike rages of depression that put his life in jeopardy.

Ignoring his crescendoing illness, Behrman struggled to keep up appearances, clinging to the golden-boy image he had cultivated in his youth. But when he turned to art forgery, he found himself the subject of a scandal lapped up by the New York media, then incarcerated, then under house arrest. And for the first time the golden boy didnít have a ready escape hatch from his unraveling life. Ingesting handfuls of antidepressants and tranquilizers and feeling his mind lose traction, he opted for the last resort: electroshock therapy.

At once hilarious and harrowing, Electroboy paints a mesmerizing portrait of a man held hostage by his in-satiable desire to consume. Along the way, it shows us the New York that never sleeps: a world of strip clubs, after-hours dives, and twenty-four-hour coffee shops, whose cheap seductions offer comfort to the cityís lonely souls. This unforgettable memoir is a unique contribution to the literature of mental illness and introduces a writer whose energy may well keep you up all night.

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Most realistic portrayal of mania ever. - Goodreads
... plus, the writing itself is a bit boring. - Goodreads
This is definitely a page turner. - Goodreads
More insight than you ever wanted into Mark Kostabi. - Goodreads
I'm not sure if I like the guy's writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Allan Hayhurst - Goodreads

The stories and scenes are funny yet sad as this guy has no control over what he was doing. The major disappointment for me was that the writing could not fully capture the moments of mania and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mia Siegert - Goodreads

The narrative in ELECTROBOY along with the utter raw, grittiness of it is fantastic. It's gripping and a page turner, a great account of a person who did horrible things without shying clear of what they've done. I read this for an Abnormal Psychology course and never regretted it! :) Read full review


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About the author (2002)

Andy Behrman is a manic depressive who has undergone nineteen electroshock treatments. He has worked as a PR agent and an art dealer. His writing has been featured most recently in The New York Times Magazine. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he knows most of the all-night diners and after-hours bars in the major cities across the country. He currently lives mania-free on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. You can reach him at www.electroboy.com.

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