Long Shot: My Bipolar Life and the Horses Who Saved Me

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Harper Collins, Mar 8, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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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
characters.
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.
 

Contents

Preface
The Race
The Start
Furlong One
Furlong Two
Furlong Three
Furlong Four
Furlong Five
Furlong Eight
Furlong Nine
Furlong Ten
The Finish
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Credits

Furlong Six
Photographic Insert
Furlong Seven
Copyright
About the Publisher
Copyright

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Sylvia Harris is a jockey. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware. This is her first book.

Coauthor Eunetta T. Boone is a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and an award-winning sportswriter. She is a writer, creator, and producer of television as well as film.

Coauthor Bill Boulware is also a writer, creator, and producer of television, and has been a freelance writer for The Cosby Show and various PBS programs, among others. He has taught writing at the American Film Institute, USC, and UCLA. He also contributed an essay to the Writers Guild Foundation's book Doing It for Money.

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