This Fragile Life A Mother's Story of a Bipolar Son

ISBN-10: 1613741081
ISBN-13: 9781613741085
Edition: 2012
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Description: Told in a mother’s own words, this is a moving story of a loving African American family that faces the daily crisis of an unpredictable mental disorder. Charlotte Pierce-Baker and her husband did everything right when raising their son Mark:  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/1/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Told in a mother’s own words, this is a moving story of a loving African American family that faces the daily crisis of an unpredictable mental disorder. Charlotte Pierce-Baker and her husband did everything right when raising their son Mark: providing emotional support, the best education possible, and the freedom to choose his own path. At age 25, Mark was pursuing a postgraduate degree in film, living with his fiancée, and seemingly in control of his life, so Pierce-Baker never imagined her high-achieving son would wind up handcuffed, barely clothed, dirty, mad, and in jail. Mark’s bipolar disorder manifested late and included hospitalizations, calls in the night, pleas for money, jail, lawyers, prescriptions, doctors, alcohol and drug relapses, and continuous disputes about how to live—and not live. This autobiography weaves a fascinating story of mental illness, race, family, the drive of African Americans to succeed, and a mother's love for her son.

Charlotte Pierce-Baker is a professor of women's studies at Duke University. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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