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I'm telling the truth, but I'm lying : essays (2019. Auflage)

von Bassey Ikpi

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In I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying Bassey 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.… (mehr)
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Titel:I'm telling the truth, but I'm lying : essays
Autoren:Bassey Ikpi
Info:[New York, NY] : Harper Audio, 2019.
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nonfiction--autobiographical essays of Nigerian-born immigrant and spoken word poet who deals with mental health issues (bipolar II), bad relationships and other things.
lyrically poetic with powerful storytelling; I decided to switch to the audiobook since I've been too distracted to absorb much of the text but I could tell the author is an exceptional writer. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
In this beautifully written, but disjointed collection of autobiographical essays, Nigerian-American author Bassey Ikpi shares what her life is like with bipolar disorder II, a mental illness characterized by persistent depression interspersed with episodes of hypomania. Sleeping and eating are two of her major problem areas, and she also has debilitating anxiety. Various medications help her symptoms but come with their own side effects. All of these issues take a severe toll on her ability to function as an adult, with a job, relationships, and other responsibilities.

Prior to picking up this book I was completely unfamiliar with Bassey Ikpi, although apparently she has appeared on the stage and screen. I would have appreciated head notes or some other device to provide more context for Ikpi's essays.

All in all, a helpful collection for understanding the lived experience of mental illness. ( )
  akblanchard | Jan 10, 2020 |
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In I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying Bassey 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.

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