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I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying: Essays

I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying: Essays

Geschrieben von Bassey Ikpi

Erzählt von Bassey Ikpi


I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying: Essays

Geschrieben von Bassey Ikpi

Erzählt von Bassey Ikpi

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4.5/5 (55 Bewertungen)
Länge:
7 Stunden
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Aug 20, 2019
ISBN:
9780062894786
Format:
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Beschreibung

In I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying Bassey Ikpi explores her life—as a Nigerian-American immigrant, a black woman, a slam poet, a mother, a daughter, an artist—through the lens of her mental health and diagnosis of bipolar II and anxiety. Her remarkable memoir in essays implodes our preconceptions of the mind and normalcy as Bassey bares her own truths and lies for us all to behold with radical honesty and brutal intimacy.

From her early childhood in Nigeria through her adolescence in Oklahoma, Bassey Ikpi lived with a tumult of emotions, cycling between extreme euphoria and deep depression—sometimes within the course of a single day. By the time she was in her early twenties, Bassey was a spoken word artist and traveling with HBO's Def Poetry Jam, channeling her life into art. But beneath the façade of the confident performer, Bassey's mental health was in a precipitous decline, culminating in a breakdown that resulted in hospitalization and a diagnosis of Bipolar II.

In I'm Telling the Truth, But I'm Lying, Bassey Ikpi breaks open our understanding of mental health by giving us intimate access to her own. Exploring shame, confusion, medication, and family in the process, Bassey looks at how mental health impacts every aspect of our lives—how we appear to others, and more importantly to ourselves—and challenges our preconception about what it means to be "normal."  Viscerally raw and honest, the result is an exploration of the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of who we are—and the ways, as honest as we try to be, each of these stories can also be a lie.

Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Aug 20, 2019
ISBN:
9780062894786
Format:
Hörbuch

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Über den Autor

Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian-American writer, ex-poet, constant mental health advocate, underachieving overachiever and memoir procrastinator. She lives in Maryland with her soccer superstar son.  www.basseyikpi.com/  

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  • (5/5)
    Very well written and unforgettable! Amazing narrating by the author.
  • (4/5)
    A very powerful memoir about mental illness and bipolar told from the experience of a Nigerian woman.
  • (5/5)
    Amazing! Breath-taking! Ikpi pours her soul into this narration of her book. Following along with the text was the best too! But audiobook alone, it’ll take you places. Mental health is very important and the awareness Ikpi brings to it by sharing her own struggles, her battle — it’s truly inspiring! Please read it/listen to it. You just must!
  • (5/5)
    Wow - beautifully written with heart and honesty. Highly recommend!!
  • (5/5)
    This book was real and raw and I am so glad that I listened to it. I felt this book like I was there with her as she went through it. I thank her for sharing her experience when most people suffer in silence.
  • (5/5)
    I love how the author (Bassey) was vulnerable in describing what goes on in the head of those with mental illness. I got to see things from a different perspective and I learnt a lot.
    This is a great book. I loved reading it
  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    There are so many things that are easier to leave unsaid and inside. Bassey says them ALL. She puts it ALL out there where it should be - in the open letting the hurt can lay on the wind.

    May we all be this brave.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich