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“For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences,” … Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Memoir Mondays... Fall to Pieces by Mary Forsberg Weiland, a Memoir of Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll and Mental Illness

A Memoir of Drugs, Rock 'n Roll, and Mental Illness

In Fall to Pieces, Mary Forsberg Weiland shows us how a life full of promise can be shattered with drug abuse. And how mental illness is a disease that can be 'hidden' for a very long time...

International model, wife of her childhood sweetheart rocker Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots, and mother of 2, Mary Forsberg Weiland seemed to have an envious life. But with amazing candor Mary opens up the pages of her life to us and shows us what a roller coaster life her life was, first with her mother & father growing up, then as a young girl living the life of a international model, and finally in the lavish world of Rock 'n Roll. In writing Fall to Pieces Mary Forsberg Weiland could have relied on name dropping and a white wash of her drug abuse, but she doesn't. She shares with us the people around her that were her friends, the life she lived as a model and then as a celebrity wife.

In the prologue we get an up close and personal look at Mary shooting up heroin for the first time, it's direct and graphic. From there we read about her normal, hardworking family, rehabs, relapses, jail and her bipolar disease. Hey, we even get a look at the Barbizon School of Modeling! Fall to Pieces is well written and poignant. It's not just about Rock 'n Roll, but about a girl struggling to grow up when the odds were against her. It's about the consequences of the choices we make. Mary is likeable and you'll be entranced by her story, turning those pages to see how things turn out...

I want to thank Imran of Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc. for sending Fall to Pieces my way! Thank you Imran it was a great read! Fall to Pieces was published this past November, and is Kindle Ready!

2 comments:

Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

I just added this to my TBR list. It sounds like a great memoir!

Liz said...

This is one of those books where I read something about it -- and suddenly I've seen at least 3 or 4 other references to it! Sounds like a really powerful book. I'm going to see if my library has it or is ordering it (sometimes we're a little behind things, which is frustrating). I've read some other memoirs relating to mental illness (specifically bipolar disorder, in fact), which indicates to me just how much of a widespread problem it is. (bipolar bare) -- it's not capitlized, just so you know -- is one I read recently -- about the author's struggle with mental illness and his struggle to come to terms with it. It's very powerful stuff -- the author talks about really intimate details such as drug use and sexual deviations particular to bipolar disorder. In that, it seems like it's reminiscent of this new book you talk about here.

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