I'm telling the truth but I'm lying : essays
|Format:||Print Book 2019|
|Availability:||Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 14 copies|
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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.
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"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
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.
ContentsThis first essay is to prove to you that I had a childhood
When they come for me
The hands that held me
Young girls they do get weary
Becoming a liar
The quiet before
Take two for pain
Like a war
This is what happens
What it feels like
Beauty in the breakdown
It has a name
Side effects may include
As hopeless as smoke
The day before
We don't wear blues
Some days are fine
When we bleed
Searching for magic.
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Nigerian Americans -- Biography.
Manic-depressive persons -- United States -- Biography.
Manic-depressive illness -- Biography.
|Publisher|| New York :2019
|Other Titles|| Essays.
I am telling the truth but I am lying
x, 257 pages ; 21 cm