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Here's to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire: An Absent-Minded Tale of Life with Giftedness and Attention Deficit - Oh Look! A Chicken! [Kindle Edition]

Stacey Turis
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Book Description

Did you know that if you forget to pay a speeding ticket you WILL get arrested—in front of your kids, the neighbors—the dog—and anyone else who happens to be there? True story. And the thing is, Stacey Turis has a million of them, and she imparts these and other nuggets of wisdom to offer others suffering from ADHD some hope in knowing that they are not alone.

A belly-laugh inducing romp through a life so convoluted and chaotic you know it has to be true, Stacey Turis’s debut gives a voice to the genius yet tormented souls suffering from giftedness, ADHD, or a combination of both (a condition known as twice-exceptional) who are too afraid to speak.

Chronicling her life journey from a state of self-loathing to one of self-acceptance, the stories flow timelessly, always incorporating the resulting lessons and reflections gleaned from each adventure. Including both the tragic, stomach churning details of a horrifically abusive time in her childhood to comic adventures such as deciding to dye her hair plum the day before an important presentation to a bank only to have it turn out purple, her life has never suffered from a dull moment. Though she often thought Karma was the reason she found herself in so many “pickles,” a friend explained to her that when you put yourself out in the world more than anyone else, it’s really just a matter of statistics. Lucky for Turis and the rest of us, putting herself out there all these years allows us all to look at life through her pair of less-struggle-more-sass glasses.

With over three hundred million people suffering from ADHD worldwide and experiencing many of the same debilitating symptoms, Turis’ goal is to share her experiences so that others afflicted can rid themselves of the shame of hiding their behavior. A rip-roaring and bracingly honest look at a twice-exceptional life, Here’s to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire: An Absent-Minded Tale of Life with Giftedness and Attention Deficit—Oh Look! A Chicken! turns the rational on its head in a rollicking depiction of a life that seems to be constantly going off the rails.


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About the Author

Stacey Turis is an adult living with ADHD and giftedness who earned her degree in broadcast journalism from Wichita State University. She co-produced and hosted a TV show for a FOX affiliate before pursuing a career in advertising, then graphic design, then market research, then photography, then IT, then acting, then... In 2006, she became certified to teach Yoga but didn't, then founded pawsforpeace.com, an online, holistic pet-health site, with an iPhone app called Dr. Shawn's Natural Pet Therapies to match. In 2010, she developed a course to teach families how to live more natural lifestyles, which she taught for about a month. She then started a Facebook page called ADHD - Tales of an Absent-Minded Superhero, for wacky folks like herself. That is still exciting enough to hold her interest. She has, through the years, unsuccessfully started twenty-seven businesses but can't remember most of them. She lives in Texas with her husband, two kids, a dog, three cats, and eight goldfish. Stacey now spends her time speaking to groups of those same kinds of wacky people, where she’s not afraid to stop in the middle of a speech and ask “What was I talking about?” You can learn more at www.staceyturis.com.

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  • File Size: 1359 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bohemian Ave. Press (January 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WS8INA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you X3 January 20, 2012
By Tii333
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I have been following Stacey's blog and facebook page for several months. I have gone through several emotions since my "late" diagnosis. This book creates a window into her world and shows how adhd affects real life. It made me recognize even more things about me that are because of adhd. She kept the book completely engaging ... uncomfortably REAL at some points, and funny, hopeful, and relaxing at other points. Keeping me (a doctor diagnosed person with adhd) engaged in a book, let alone finish it, is not an easy thing to do. I can not express how greatful I am to have found her blog!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tortured and Triumphant January 21, 2012
By ab
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As a fellow adult ADDer (although probably not with the accompanying giftedness the author possesses), this book rings loudly. Hurts, even. I have followed her blog on Facebook and enjoyed her humor, wit, insights and advice. But when one learns of the richness and challenges of her life story, one really sees the Superhero in her -- and perhaps in oneself. A tortured and triumphant story, indeed. Especially for adult ADDers, read it and reap.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! January 16, 2012
By KD
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It's great to finally read a book about ADHD that's funny. Not saying that it's always a funny thing, especially when you're a parent of an ADHD kid (which I am), but it's great to hear "this" side of things. I loved the book from beginning to end. I wasn't diagnosed with my ADHD until I was 34 (after my son was diagnosed). It's amazingly funny/unbelievable/scary to see the similarities of those of us with ADHD. I could "see" myself in a lot of the author's experiences. It's a really fantastic book and I am planning on buying more copies for my Mom, my Dad, my husband and (eventually) my kids.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere between okay and I didn't really like it July 12, 2012
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This book is less about ADHD and probably a little bit more about someone suffering from denial and PTSD due to childhood abuse. The chapters on her childhood are heartwrenching. This is not a light-hearted book or for the faint of heart. While I admire Mrs. Turis' bravery and writing talent, I don't think she understands where the PTSD ends and the ADHD begins. I don't know if she ever actually acknowledged that some of her struggles with self-worth may be related to something other than ADHD.

If you are looking for a book that describes what it is like to have ADHD, this isn't the place to go. To me Mrs. Turis is a lovely, enaging and funny woman as well as a talented writer but she exhibits this odd extremity of thought in which she is unnecessarily beating herself up for flaws that aren't really all that bad (for example who wouldn't want to save animals from being dissected? She's the one who had the courage to do something)or drastically overstating her inflated sense of self-importance by mentioning at least 50,000 times that she's "gifted" (you're smart, we get it. You don't need to mention it in every other paragraph). I think there is something else going on with her and reading this book to find out more about ADHD can really be misleading.

This could be a 3 star book if it hadn't been advertised as a personal account of ADHD. This is a truly touching and funny personal memoir but the author's absence of true self-acceptance is kind of sad. You just want to grab through the pages of the book and shake her mother by the shirt collars for keeping that creep around and shake Stacy by the shirt collars for heaping all the anger/blame on herself (and ADHD).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a let down August 5, 2012
By Lucy
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I was on fire to read this book after reading an article written by the author in ADDitude Magazine. In fact, I even went so far as to tell everyone on FB and Goodreads to read it with me. The thing is, I must be too ADHD to follow her tangents. To me, it seemed to be a purging of her past, and it was full of anger and denial. I get anger, but it was more than that. It seemed like she was not taking any personal responsibility for anything she did, because it was ALL because of ADHD. As for the Giftedness, I wish I had known that this book was not just about ADHD, because EVERY time she mentioned that she was also GIFTED, and she was just bored, and couldn't deal with that, I just wanted to hurl my Kindle across the room.

I have ADHD. I have no Executive Function. I was raised by a BiPolar Alcoholic and a very depressed woman. I get anger. What I don't get is the self important attitude and all the swearing. I swear, and think there is definately a place for it, but the amount of swearing and name calling here was just distracting to me. Her description of the "Dead place" was so particular and detailed, that my mind went off into La La land at least 4 times and I had to read it over twice, still not getting her descriptions straight in my head. It is not exactly how all ADHDer's feel, (although I admit some of it was slightly familiar) but it was like a creative writing project that she just threw in there as an aside. Oh, and the constant asides, and the, " I don't know why/actually, I do know" were also super distracting and a bit confusing to a fellow ADHDer. Why say, I don't know why something happened and then go on to theorize about it?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny but so truthful. Loved it!
Published 5 days ago by justme
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book. Love her FB page too
Published 27 days ago by jessica23893
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best books ive ever read!
Published 1 month ago by M. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars The author uses some coarse language, but I can ...
The author uses some coarse language, but I can vouch for the fact that Stacey is just putting in print what runs through the ADDer mind when ADD does its thing to you. Read more
Published 1 month ago by countrytek
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very funny.
What a self-centered book. What she describes could be almost anyone. Don't understand why she thinks she is gifted. She is just like everyone else, ADHD or not. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally someone who understands me!
I bought this book because my son has ADHD and I'm always looking for insights from others with children with it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeannie (cruechik68@aol.com)
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved this book!
This book is one of the best ever! Stacey Turis made me feel normal! I could totally relate to her thinking and thought patterns. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh look...A chicken!!
This book was hilarious and truly paints a picture of life with ADD(HD). Stacey draws you in with her humor and creates an element of understanding and education, along with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by June Peschel
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!!
Really enjoyed the book, very well written and insightful. So many situations I related to and was a very entertaining read.
Published 4 months ago by Carlee
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely must read!
If you have ADHD, it is a wnderfully comforting and hilarious day in the life for you. Even if you dont have this and just know someone who is, it provides insight into what it is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by H. Stewart
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More About the Author

As an adult living with ADHD and Giftedness, Stacey's an expert on being weird. After thirty-five years of daily battle with her quirks, she finally decided it was time to hug it out and accept her differences for a more peaceful existence. Stacey has successfully learned to view the world of AD(H)D and Giftedness through her "special eyes" and maneuver through life accordingly. She no longer feels like offing herself on a daily basis, and realizes that both gifts allow her a magical perspective on life that comes from intimately engaging with the universe in ways that don't meet the eyes and can't be explained. She considers that a good thing.

Stacey Turis is an adult living with ADHD and giftedness who earned her degree in broadcast journalism from Wichita State University. She co-produced and hosted a TV show for a FOX affiliate before pursuing a career in advertising, then graphic design, then market research, then photography, then IT, then acting, then...

In 2006, she became certified to teach Yoga but didn't, then founded pawsforpeace.com, an online, holistic pet-health site, with an iPhone app called Dr. Shawn's Natural Pet Therapies to match. In 2010, she developed a course to teach families how to live more natural lifestyles, which she taught for about a month. She then started a Facebook page called ADHD - Tales of an Absent-Minded Superhero, for wacky folks like herself. That is still exciting enough to hold her interest.

She has, through the years, unsuccessfully started twenty-seven businesses but can't remember most of them. She loves speaking to groups of the same kind of wacky folks, where she's not afraid to stop mid-speech and ask, "What was I talking about?" She lives in Texas with her husband, two kids, a dog, three cats, and eight goldfish.

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