Fragile Life: A Mother’s Story of a Bipolar Son
Northwestern University, Hagstrum Room, University Hall 201, 1897
Sheridan Rd., Evanston
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 was seemingly
in control of his life. She never imagined her high-achieving son
would wind up in jail.
moving story of an African American family facing the challenge of
bipolar disorder, in This
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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