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Shades of Blue: Writers on Depression, Suicide, and Feeling Blue Paperback – September 29, 2015
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"I expected this collection to pull me into a maelstrom of darkness. Instead, story after story, I found myself surfacing into the light of appreciation and hope.”
Victoria Zackheim, author, playwright, and editor of He Said What?, For Keeps, and The Other Woman
"What a strong and searing light the writers in this amazing anthology shine on the thing we are so loathe to name. Depression and suicide grow in secrecy and darkness. What a feat to bathe them in understanding and humor."
Martha Frankel, author of Hats & Eyeglasses and director of The Woodstock Writers Festival
This is a brave book. No, this is a kick-ass, get outta my way, despair/misery/isolation,’ I'm gonna mess you up, depression’ tome. This book is a lifesaver. This book needs to go into the survivor/survival toolkit for every patient, friend, sister, husband, father, daughter, son, partner, neighbor, lover, kindergarten teacher, oncologist, nursing student, shopkeeper, artist, social worker, babysitter, the guy who fixes your car, his wife, the waitress at your favorite restaurant, your bartender, counselor. I challenge any of them, or you, or me, to feel alone with Amy Ferris's book in our pockets. This book belongs to all of us who have ever felt the pang of despair or the full blown crush of depression, or worried about someone precious who may be struggling this very very minute.”
Nina Gaby, editor of Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women, and psychiatric nurse practitioner
"It takes great courage to get up in the morning when depression has closed in. It also takes courage to tell the truth about what it feels like to have lost hope. These brave essayists decribe the darkness and their efforts, not always successful, to stare it down. By sharing their stories, they are making it a little easier for others to get up in the morning."
Suzanne Braun Levine, author of Inventing the Rest of Our Lives
"Shades of Blue is a courageous venture into the darkness, out of which we inevitably emerge with a newfound light. There will be a point while reading this book when the words come alive with the preciousness of life. It was like being invited into someone's darkness and witnessing it in all of its devastating beautyall its horror. It's a first-hand look into a beating heart. That sound of a heartbeat kept recurring as I readprobably my own. I felt pride and exhilaration for being alive. It was the very definition of inspiring. A tremendous gift."
Ana Surviladze, author of The Voice of a Falling Tree
You’re not alone is the grief-soaked message on every page . . . The contributors’ writing is often brilliant, and proves, at least, that depressionif confessed, illuminated, investigated, and sharedcan defeat denial, and begin to help us heal.”
Mimi Kennedy, actress and author of Taken to the Stage
A ground-breaking, raw, honest new book that dives headfirst into feeling blue, depression, and suicide. Yes, even suicide. Shades of Blue must quickly become required reading in high school, in college, at church, around the family dinner table, and wherever people that care about other people gather. Shades of Blue can help us heal that which needs healing.
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Top Customer Reviews
I read somewhere that thus book was conceived in the wake of Robin Williams' suicide, even in response to it. It's an important book that sheds much-needed light on the lingering stigma of depression, suicide, mental illness and feeling blue.
Depression affects millions of people worldwide, taking dozens of lives every day. When the weight of depression bears downward, existence can be just too much to bear. These very personal accounts of depression were both saddening and heartwarming: at times even uplifting, but sometimes not. With depression comes ups and downs but the downs can outweigh the happy times and overwhelm, eclipsing life’s joys and pleasures. This collection highlighted how personal depression is, with some depressions being brought on by historic abuse, both physical and emotional, infidelity with its feelings of rejection and worthlessness, grief, alcohol and drug abuse and many other triggers. I read each story one at a time and felt compassion and empathy with one and all. It took me a long time to read the entire collection. I came to the realisation that clinical depression was all encompassing, quite unlike the mild dissatisfaction with life and a slight case of ‘the blues’ that some people would consider depression. Depression is utterly crippling, unswerving in its incapacitation, odious and enshrouding.
Having completed the last case history as it were, I felt that my understanding of depression was much greater than before I started reading. I really admired those sufferers who were able to see the ‘silver linings’ and who accepted their illness with fortitude and determination.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Maybe I was simply mistaken, the possibility that I'm at fault brought this from one star to three.
This book will not help you with your depression. Read more
This is a beautiful book. The editor did a great job trying to capture diverse voices of people who have experienced depression. Read morePublished 8 days ago by R Froe
An excellent book for parents dealing with a child or spouse suffering with Depression.Published 1 month ago by Judith M. Standard
Eggshells. That's the word that came to me when I opened Amy Ferris' brave and beautiful collection. I was afraid to read it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brook Philipse
Mental illness is getting a lot of attention theses days. Awareness is high, and that's good because it reduces the stigma. But when it's you...when it's ME... Read morePublished 3 months ago by L. Snow
couldn't put this book down. I wanted more from all of the writers. And yet each essay was complete with beautiful and wrenching words. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christina Larsen
Priceless lifesaving work. I have been giving these out like lifeboats. We know so many people who need to hear these stories. AmazingPublished 3 months ago by ANDI
As a writer/actor who has wrestled with depression for 30 years, I am more deeply moved by personal stories than by a theoretical or step-by-step approach to dealing with this... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am no fan of anthologies, but I'd forgotten my book while staying at a friend's, who suggested I take a look at this one. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary Mina