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First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson
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Sarah Wilson is an Australian journalist and lifestyle guru famous for her book I Quit Sugar. This is a memoir-in-bits of her life with bipolar disorder and anxiety, with lots of references to other writers and strategies for things that might help. The title comes from a Chinese proverb: you have to know and appreciate what you’re fighting before you have a hope of overcoming it. I didn’t much like the structure – 137 fairly short sections; it just feels like a failure to come up with a successful narrative line. There’s also a lot of name-dropping: the first sentence starts “The first time I met His Holiness The Dalai Lama…”!

Favorite lines: “One of the dear, dear things about getting older is that it does eventually dawn on you that there is no guidebook. One day it suddenly emerges: No one bloody gets it! None of us knows what we’re doing.”
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Reading Progress

January 26, 2018 – Shelved
January 26, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
September 12, 2018 – Shelved as: newbury-library
September 12, 2018 – Shelved as: mental-health
September 12, 2018 – Shelved as: skimmed
September 12, 2018 – Shelved as: memoirs

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message 1: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Thanks for including that favorite line.

Rebecca Margaret wrote: "Thanks for including that favorite line."

Always good to be reminded that one is not the only one wandering around clueless :)

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