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

Essays
Product Number: EB00727070
Released: Aug 20, 2019
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9780062698353
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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A Publishers Weekly Spring Preview Selection "We will not think or talk about mental health or normalcy the same after reading this momentous art object moonlighting as a colossal collection of essays." -Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy "Bassey Ikpi is a human miracle and I want to scream my joy from the rooftops that we are allowed to experience her journey." -Samantha Irby, author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and Meaty "A part of me was writing non-fiction short stories about things I remembered, while another part was preserving the lies I tell myself to ensure the truth doesn't kill me. This book is about those truths and the ways in which we parcel fact in order to survive." 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 facade 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.

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Author(s): Bassey Ikpi
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Aug 20, 2019

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Author(s): Bassey Ikpi
Narrator(s): Bassey Ikpi
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Released: Aug 20, 2019
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ISBN: #9781982608323
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Narrator(s): Bassey Ikpi
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