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Detour : my bipolar road trip in 4-D

Author: Lizzie Simon
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Detour is a wild ride of a coming of age, soul-searching story, with a psychiatric twist. It's about a cross country road trip the now twenty-five year-old author took interviewing other young, successfully treated, bipolars+ in the fall of 1999. The first half of Detour is memoirish and sets up the trip and the second half of the book is the trip and her homecoming. Detour also chronicles the explosive love affair  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: Lizzie Simon; Lizzie Simon; Lizzie Simon
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lizzie Simon
ISBN: 0743446593 9780743446594
OCLC Number: 48710879
Description: viii, 211 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Lizzie Simon.
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A finely wrought memoir of mental health, "Detour" takes a genre made venerable by Susanna Kaysen and Kay Redfield Jamison and steers it in a revelatory and rebellious new direction.  Read more...

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