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Fall to Pieces

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

By Mary Forsberg Weiland

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Format: Paperback / softback, 304 pages
Other Information: Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.)
Published In: United States, 01 January 2011
On the surface Mary Forsberg Weiland had a fairy-tale life. She was a highly paid fashion model married to successful rock star Scott Weiland, the notorious frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. Then came the rampage in a Burbank hotel room and the resulting media frenzy that revealed to the world her bipolar disorder and drug abuse. In Fall to Pieces, Weiland describes the extreme highs and lows of her life, the volatility of which long hinted at mental illness. Working with acclaimed journalist Larkin Warren, Weiland tells her story with refreshing candor, unflinching detail, and more than a little humor. Reminiscent of celebrity memoirs by Tatum O'Neill, Brooke Shields, and Valerie Bertinelli, Weiland's story offers a window into the world of modeling and rock 'n' roll celebrity while providing deep insights into a serious and misunderstood psychological disorder.

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Mary Forsberg Weiland lives with her two children in Los Angeles, where she is studying for her certification in drug and alcohol counseling, with a focus on co-occurring disorders. This is her first book. A former editor at Esquire, Lear's, and Good Housekeeping magazines, Larkin Warren was a contributing writer to Addiction: Why Can't They Just Stop?, the companion book to HBO's documentary of the same name, and collaborated with Professor Elyn R. Saks on Saks's bestselling memoir, The Center Cannot Hold, which Time magazine named one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007.

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"A harrowing story of addiction and mental illness." -- People "A worthy addition to the rock canon." -- New York Post "Weiland's lively, vernacular memoir tells the sadly wasted but ultimately self-directed tale of her meteoric rise as a model from impoverished, half-Mexican roots to a precipitous plunge into drug addiction....Weiland's forthright, resilient can-do spirit injects this sad story with a healthy moral." -- Publishers Weekly "A brutally honest and compelling account of Mary Weiland's struggles with addiction and mental illness. Brave, bold and unfiltered, Mary's writing injects humor and levity in a way that is both entertaining and necessary. I have no doubt that this important book will help save many lives." -- Dave Navarro "Mary Weiland's beautifully crafted memoir takes the reader through the journey that is so very common today, the slow drift into addiction and mental illness. Honest, clear, and accurate, Fall to Pieces is perhaps the most vivid rendition of this experience I have ever come across." -- Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of Loveline and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, author of The Mirror Effect and Cracked "Mary Weiland describes the depths of madness and addiction with surprising clarity. Fall to Pieces is a wild, gripping story, told with intense emotional honesty." -- Terri Cheney, New York Times bestselling author of Manic "For all the death and devastation detailed in its pages, this book is surprisingly funny." -- Reuters

EAN: 9780061719165
ISBN: 0061719161
Publisher: Igniter
Dimensions: 15.24 x 2.03 x 22.86 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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