Long Shot: My Bipolar Life and the Horses Who Saved Me
Combine Seabiscuit with Manic—throw in a touch of HBO’s “Temple Grandin”—and you get Long Shot, a truly remarkable memoir by Sylvia Harris. A single mother of three, Harris was crippled by bipolar depression, until she discovered the miraculous healing and calming effect of horses—a revelation that ultimately enabled her to manage her illness, conquer the sexism of her field, and triumph as a champion jockey in the male-dominated world of horse racing. A fascinating, courageous, and ultimately redemptive true story, Long Shot has won high praise from Phyllis Chesler Ph.D., author of Women and Madness, who says, “[Harris’s] attempt to find balance, joy, connectedness, and purpose in life constitutes a great adventure story.”
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I am only half way through this book but, it is easy to read and if you love reading you can do it
in one night. The story is gripping and very vivid it really gives a clear perspective from a bipolar
stand point. I am a slower reader because I like to savor the essence of books and become the
I applaud the fact that Sylvia has had the strength and presence of mind to record
her life in this manner. It is a great read.