Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Juvenile Fiction - 310 pages
6 Reviews

2014 Morris Award finalist

“I hate myself but I love Walt Whitman, the kook. Always positive. I need to be more positive, so I wake myself up every morning with a song of myself.” Sixteen-year-old James Whitman has been yawping ( la Whitman) at his abusive father ever since he kicked his beloved older sister, Jorie, out of the house. James’s painful struggle with anxiety and depression—along with his ongoing quest to understand what led to his self-destructive sister’s exile—make for a heart-rending read, but his wild, exuberant Whitmanization of the world and keen sense of humor keep this emotionally charged debut novel buoyant.

 

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

Sixteen-year-old James Whitman recites Walt Whitman (no relation) to help cope with his unhappiness. Maybe I should make a go of that for my own depression. Wonder how my neighbors would like me yawping away on my deck. Read full review

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User Review  - bwhitner - LibraryThing

This was a heartwarming book about a young boy with depression and anxiety growing up in a dysfunctional home. His sister Jorie also suffered from mental disorders had been expelled from school and ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Evan Roskos's story 'Conspiracy of Males' was chosen by Granta for their New Voices online feature. Narrative named him one of their 20 Best New Writers. He has had stories in Best Fiction, StoryQuarterly, The Hummingbird Review, and other journals. He attended the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference and completed his MFA at Rutgers University Newark in 2009. Visit his website at evanroskos.blogspot.com .