This Fragile Life
A Mother's Story of a Bipolar Son
By (author) Charlotte Pierce-Baker
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This Fragile Life by Charlotte Pierce-Baker
Book DescriptionCharlotte Pierce-Baker did everything right when raising her son, providing not only emotional support but the best education possible. At age twenty-five, he was pursuing a postgraduate degree and seemingly in control of his life. She never imagined her high-achieving son would wind up handcuffed, dirty, and in jail. The moving story of an African American family facing the challenge of bipolar disorder, This Fragile Life provides insight into mental disorders as well as family dynamics. Pierce-Baker traces the evolution of her son's illness and, in looking back, realizes she mistook warning signs for typical child and teen behavior. Hospitalizations, calls in the night, alcohol and drug relapses, pleas for money, and continuous disputes, her son's journey was long, arduous, and almost fatal. This Fragile Life weaves a fascinating story of mental illness, race, family, the drive of African Americans to succeed, and a mother's love for her son.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781613741085
(228mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Chicago Review Press
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2012
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Charlotte Pierce-Baker
Surviving the Silence, Paperback (August 2000)» View all books by Charlotte Pierce-Baker
In this "intelligent", "stunning", and "honest" book, Charlotte Pierce-Baker weaves together the accounts of black women who have been raped and who have felt that they had to remain silent in order to protect themselves and their race.
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Author Biography - Charlotte Pierce-Baker
A native of Washington, DC, Charlotte Pierce-Baker is a professor of Women s and Gender Studies and English at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of "Surviving the Silence: Black Women s Stories of Rape.""
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