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Description - This Fragile Life by Charlotte Pierce-Baker

Charlotte 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 Details

ISBN: 9781613741085
ISBN-10: 1613741081
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Chicago Review Press
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2012
Country of Publication: United States

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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.""

Books By Charlotte Pierce-Baker

This Fragile Life by Charlotte Pierce-Baker
Paperback, September 2016
Surviving the Silence by Charlotte Pierce-Baker
Paperback, June 2000