Crazy: Memoir of a Mom Gone Mad

Author: Charise Jewell

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When Charise Jewell decided to leave her career as a robotics engineer to pursue writing fiction, the 40-year old mother of three had no idea that she was embarking on a real life story beyond her wildest imagination. Without warning, and while preparing to celebrate Mother’s Day 2017, she rapidly descended into a severe mania, was hospitalized, and was given a devastating diagnosis: bipolar 1 mood disorder. Over the following three years, Charise and her family would experience the ups and downs of not only her manic depression, but also of the mental health care system, and the way the society at large treats people with mental illness. Crazy: Memoir of a Mom Gone Mad is a captivating, heartbreaking and ultimately inspiring journey through the pain and beauty of sanity, and insanity.
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Pages: 280 pages

Publishing Date: October 2021

Dimensions: 13.5 x 21 cm

Type: Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-913680-24-4

Category: Literature

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When Charise Jewell decided to leave her career as a robotics engineer to pursue writing fiction, the 40-year old mother of three had no idea that she was embarking on a real life story beyond her wildest imagination. Without warning, and while preparing to celebrate Mother’s Day 2017, she rapidly descended into a severe mania, was hospitalized, and was given a devastating diagnosis: bipolar 1 mood disorder. Over the following three years, Charise and her family would experience the ups and downs of not only her manic depression, but also of the mental health care system, and the way the society at large treats people with mental illness. Crazy: Memoir of a Mom Gone Mad is a captivating, heartbreaking and ultimately inspiring journey through the pain and beauty of sanity, and insanity.
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SKU: 978-1-913680-24-4 Category: Tags: , , ,

Pages: 280 pages

Publishing Date: October 2021

Dimensions: 13.5 x 21 cm

Type: Paperback

ISBN:978-1-913680-24-4

Category: Literature

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A voracious reader and aspiring writer since childhood, Charise Jewell was born in Germiston, South Africa and immigrated to Canada when she was seven years old. She holds an Honours B.Eng. in mechanical engineering from McGill University in Montreal, and worked as a robotics engineer for fifteen years before having children and becoming a writer. She proudly lives with bipolar disorder and educates for the fair and dignified treatment of the mentally ill.

Charise lives in Toronto with her husband and three children. Visit her at charisejewell.com

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5 reviews for Crazy: Memoir of a Mom Gone Mad

  1. Moyra Irving, Author of Amelie Trott and the Earth Watchers

    Should be required reading for doctors, nurses, counsellors, and educators. Beautifully crafted, Crazy is a spectacular read. With all the highs and lows of a great novel, it is fast-moving and spiced with humour and pathos. It is ultimately a very hopeful and reassuring book.

  2. Joy Norstrom, Author of Out of Play and Flying the Nest

    A vivid and deeply intimate account of her experience with bipolar disorder. While Jewell’s memoir confirmed my beliefs on systemic injustices experienced by those seeking treatment for mental illness, it also educated me on the beauty of family and resilience of humanity.

  3. Jacqueline Aubin

    Charise Jewell is a beautiful storyteller. Her memoir, Crazy, flows like a compelling novel. She has delivered an insightful gift for family and friends of those living with bipolar. This is a must-read for people touched by this condition and for anyone who aspires to better understand.

  4. Moyra Irving (verified owner)

    Memoir of a Mom Gone Mad

    Charise Jewell’s excellent book should be required reading for doctors, nurses, counsellors, and educators.

    Mental illness can strike at any time and few today are immune. Most of us know at least someone who is affected. Bipolar remains a little understood condition but Charise Jewell offers precious insights into what happens when it does.

    She highlights universally broken systems where health care is tragically inadequate and underfunded. All this when there has never been more need for their services.

    Beautifully crafted, ‘Crazy’ is a spectacular read. With all the highs and lows of a great novel, it is fast-moving and spiced with humour and pathos.

    It is ultimately a very hopeful and reassuring book for it reveals equally the vulnerability of the human personality and the unbounded strength of the spirit.

    Highly recommended.
    FIVE STARS

  5. Shannon Moroney, Bestselling Author of Through the Glass, Out of the Shadows, and Heal for Real

    Charise Jewell is a brilliant writer who takes the reader behind her eyes to see and feel the terror—and the beauty—of living with mental illness. It does what the best memoirs do: comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. A true must-read!

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