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Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Twenty-five year old Stephanie Schroeder arrived in New York City in 1990 with edgy good looks, attitude to burn and undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Her unflinching memoir chronicles her trajectory through the worlds of queer political activism, corporate America, intimate partner violence, unwilling parenthood, erotic discovery, 9/11...and three attempted suicides. Repeated ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 152 pages
Published September 10th 2012 by Creative Evolution
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Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fierce and lovely book about queerness, mental disability, and living in the world.
Claire S. Gould
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have a crisis, scheme, idea or depression.. subway riders viewing my grotesque facial grimaces + head twisting staring me in the face in my 37th year. I prefer death, nothing less than the face of hate, the fate of hate, the stench of death. Live = Death
Life = Death
Death = Freedom

The first few pages of Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide set the tone for the memoir’s raw, real look at the struggles Stephanie Schroeder, a self-defined “queer feminist dyke writer, mental health advocate, and
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I believe that a lot of people live more interesting lives than they give themselves credit for. Everyone is unique, and the things that make them so and the steps that lead up to where they are today can make a great story in the right hands. The problem is, most people don't think they've got anything that makes their lives all that special, and many to most people cannot tell a decent story.

Fortunately, Stephanie Schroeder does know that she's unique, and can tell an interesting story. Those
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Beautiful Wreck is a well written memoir about the life of a young lesbian woman living in New York City who is trying to deal with her own undiagnosed mental illness, domestic partner abuse (mental and physical), reluctant parenthood, unemployment, multiple suicide attempts, and falling through the healthcare cracks. The memoir is so well written that at one point I even remember driving somewhere in my car trying to remember “the name of that movie I saw recently” only to realize the scene pl ...more
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book in a Goodreads free giveaway. I enjoyed this book because it was personable. I know people who struggle with mental illnesses and I have never understood. Stephanie Schroeder's book helped me in that sense. It was an honest account of 15 years in her life, probably the darkest years. Great and easy read. I read it in one sitting! ...more
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a very raw and honest view into mental illness. Stephanie takes a risk by sharing her harrowing experiences with the world and we all can benefit from knowing it. This book is a great reminder that you shouldn't be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. ...more
Lisa Haas
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a page-turner from beginning to end. Honest, engaging, visceral writing!
Jennifer Myers
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, honest and forthright memoir about the author's own experience dealing with and successfully managing her illness of bipolar disorder. ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heart-wrenching, but ultimately inspiring memoir ... the author has had a lot of really painful things happen in her life — including abusive relationships, mental health issues, the 3 suicide attempts she chronicles in the book, and the numerous times our terribly dysfunctional ‘health care system’ has failed her. Through all this, she worked so hard to find ways to love herself, and stop tolerating crappy treatment (from therapists, partners, etc). And she has become an advocate for herself, a ...more
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer, memoir
I enjoyed the author's writing style, but feel she didn't add much insight into the narration. She criticizes her partners, family and relationships with a heavy hand, but rarely turns that analysis on herself. I found myself thinking it was too self-indulgent; she paints herself as the brilliant-but-tortured victim of her circumstance without any accompanying sense of self-reflection. Then I remembered that I was reading a book entitled "Beautiful Wreck" - perhaps it was exactly the author's in ...more
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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Beautiful Wreck is great in that it illustrates a story of mental illness that ends in a positive note; it lets people know that there is hope, even after years of depression/bi-polar disorder and three suicide attempts. However, the narrative didn't do much for me. It just was. The story didn't leave me with any profound thoughts or feeling about her story. Maybe it was the lack of introspection. Therapy is discussed a lot of in the book, but never goes into how it helped, what was talked about ...more
Margery Meadow
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
How does someone survive such a tumultuous life? How did she achieve so much creatively and professionally while enduring--and causing--so much personal drama and distress? The story is compelling but left me unenlightened about what it's like to live with mania. ...more
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Stephanie Schroeder is writer New York City. Her work has been anthologized in the queer classic anthology, "That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation", as well as in "Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage", and "Easy to Love, But Hard to Live With: Real People, Invisible Disabilities, True Stories". Schroeder has written for The Guardian, Curve Magazin ...more

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