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Man, Interrupted Hardcover – December 31, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Open Book Press; 2 edition (December 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973946520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973946529
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,684,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Right from the first page, I was riveted by his compelling honest account of that intense part of his life...” --Mel Brooks (The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc)

“As hilarious as it is gripping...Man, Interrupted is a truly great read, a funny, absorbing book.” --– Mary Janice Davidson, bestselling author

“I love James’ book! It completely captivated me with its wonderful and funny moments...Everyone should read it.” --– Michael Lionello Cowan, film producer

About the Author

James Bailey was born in Arkansas City, Kansas. In the early ’80s, he stumbled on the perfect profession for his instability: acting. After appearing in a few TV shows, he discovered that writing was another way to express his pent-up anger and creativity. He was content to leave Hollywood but soon after was struck with a crippling form of OCD. Now recovered, he lives in Louisiana, where he continues to write and act.

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This book gives a very good insight on the struggles of OCD.
Amy G.
I heard this book is getting made into a movie, so I am glad I read something before the movie comes out for once.
T. Wu
I actually laughed out loud, which is a rare occurrence when I read.
S. Javed

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Javed on April 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Through my sister, I have had the pleasure of being acquainted with Mr. Bailey himself. Before reading his book, I did not know much about him, only that he was a very jovial fellow. So it is no wonder why my jaw dropped periodically while reading Man Interrupted. I could not believe that the events unfolding on the pages before me were from the life of this man whom I saw so frequently. The experience of being acquainted with Mr. Bailey and reading his book reminded me that everyone has a story of their own, explaining who they are, where they come from, and what trials they had to overcome (and Mr. Bailey's were no small feat). Man Interrupted gives great insight into a world that many people may not think about. At the same time it is hilarious, relatable, and touching. I actually laughed out loud, which is a rare occurrence when I read. It is one of the most engrossing books I have ever read, and is worth every penny and minute spent on it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Keating on February 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Until last week, I didn't know the slightest thing about him, or about his book, until he went and introduced himself through MySpace, something that led to the inevitable reading of said book, and something that I'm really glad that I did. It's 222 pages of one of the most incredibly well written, fresh and original books that you're ever likely to read, a word of warning though, it really will make you question yourself, and exactly how pernickety you are. We all have an OCD, we may not realise it, or we do, and it's just insignificant, but we rarely externalises our OCD, are never forced to justify it, or explain it away, usually we're able to sufficiently hide it enough to function, but it wouldn't take much for everyone to collapse under the weight of it, and only a small percentage could ever do what James Bailey did, namely building himself back up. All of the patients in his book really do stand out too, because they're chillingly real, but then I suppose that's because they actually are, but he's managed to render them better than anyone else could have. It really is like reading the transcript of a Docu-Soap, and I'm not talking about an episode of "Cops", but an English one, because it's unapologetic, and gritty. What James Bailey has written is brutally honest, and I don't think that I've ever read that level of honestly, that level of shameless exposure; he made me feel like I lived it with him. Reading this book made me look at myself a little differently, maybe a little more clearly, but it also made me a friend in James Bailey, and that was well worth the cost of a good book ;-)
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Format: Paperback
I met the author by chance one time visiting in California; Very interesting guy. I bought this book and his other one (Almost Texas). The books are as quirky as he is and that's a good thing sometimes. This book was quite entertaining. Talks a lot about the people he meets. he likes me, genuinely enjoys meeting all sorta of folks and it shows. For those who struggle with OCD ( I almost think I do at times, but ADHD is bad enough), it may be refreshing.
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By T. Wu on June 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
A true story is always a good story. This is an easy read. I heard this book is getting made into a movie, so I am glad I read something before the movie comes out for once.
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Format: Paperback
I have read some of the reviews for the book, and my gosh, some are spot on! This book is GREAT! My jaw dropped on several occasions of reading this book, I mean funny to the max! Laugh out loud funny, literally!

I connected with this book. And that is saying something--I'm a student and have very little time to read or do anything except study, but I really connected to this book. I reflected to my own life and really became connected to the characters. It was really something!

This is my personal opinion, but this needs to be turned into a movie! James Bailey make it happen! I'll watching as I'm sure thousands upon thousand (if not millions of people) will too!
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The writer told us too much about his uninteresting OCD. As an OCD sufferer myself, I expect funny, charming obsessions. His were neither and he writing was only OK
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By Amy G. on December 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book gives a very good insight on the struggles of OCD. James Bailey does a wonderful job of explaining his inner turmoil caused by OCD. This is a difficult disease to understand and reading this personal account gives you an inside view.
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