Experts' advance reviews of "Manic:"

-- "Manic is filled with gorgeous writing, and we have never heard mania or depression described in such a visceral way. Terri Cheney's ability to find humor in what should be terrifying situations makes this difficult illness never off-putting, and in fact, fascinating. Echoes of William Styron abound." -- Demitri F. Papolos, M.D. and Janice Papolos, authors of "The Bipolar Child"

-- "This is a poignant and compelling memoir about the impact of bipolar disorder on one person's life. The writing is outstanding, the story is gripping. Ms. Cheney reveals the multiple facets -- psychological, physiological and existential -- of living with this illness. The description of the many aspects of bipolar disorder, including depression, hypomania, mania and mixed states, are portrayed in extraordinary detail. This book is a must-read for all those, clinicians and lay persons alike, who are interested in deeply understanding the experience of having bipolar disorder." -- Dr. Lori Altshuler, director of the UCLA Mood Disorders Research Program

-- "In florid mania the roiling surf both seduces and destroys, crushing will and reason. All too often for those who suffer, flung repeatedly against the rocks of prejudice and misunderstanding, the story ends in tragedy. Terri Cheney's gritty, vibrant memoir brings this chaotic frenzy to life, tumbling the reader through disaster and despair to end in hope. Manic is an extraordinary achievement that captures the real experience . . ." -- Peter C. Whybrow, M.D., director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA; author of "A Mood Apart: The Thinker's Guide to Emotion and Its Disorder"

-- "In Manic, Cheney brilliantly brings us along on her haunting and riveting journey of bipolar disorder. I was scared to go back, but it's a place that people need to see to better understand this insidious and invisible illness that is still so stigmatized. Manic is extremely powerful and at the same time, Cheney really manages to make you laugh!" -- Andy Behrman, author of "Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania."

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