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“Thirty-five brilliant, vivid, edgy writers in Amy Ferris’s compelling new book, Shades of Blue, unflinchingly shout out the real true down-dirty story of the blues. These compelling tales of depression aren’t depressing—they are emblazoned with hope—because every person in this book is a survivor. A survivor who doesn’t flinch from explaining exactly how they climbed out of their own personal pit of despair. How they chose life. If you’ve ever been depressed, read this book. If you’ve ever lost someone to depression, read this book. I have no doubt whatsoever that Shades of Blue will save lives—maybe even yours.”
—Laura Davis, bestselling author of I Thought We’d Never Speak Again, co-author of The Courage To Heal, and founder of The Writer’s Journey

"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 beauty—all its horror. It's a first-hand look into a beating heart. That sound of a heartbeat kept recurring as I read—probably 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 depression—if confessed, illuminated, investigated, and shared—can 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.
—Tom Zuba, author of Permission to Mourn: A New Way To Do Grief

About the Author

Amy Ferris is an author, editor, screenwriter, and playwright. She has contributed to numerous magazines and literary anthologies, and her memoir Marrying George Clooney: Confessions From a Midlife Crisis was adapted into an off-Broadway play in 2012. Ferris co-edited (with Hollye Dexter) Dancing at the Shame Prom, and authored the young adult novel A Greater Goode. Ferris has written for film and television, and was nominated for best screenplay for Funny Valentines. She serves on the advisory board of the Women’s Media Center and is an instructor for the San Miguel Writers’ Conference. She lives in northeast Pennsylvania with her husband, Ken, and two cats who think they’re human girls.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (September 29, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580055958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580055956
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I sit with patients and their depressions, their anxieties, their hopelessness every day. My toolkit has now expanded with the publication of Ferris's "Shades of Blue".... I can tell people about this book, I can encourage them to become a part of a larger narrative, possibly begin to more deeply explore- or possibly even write - their own stories. They can find another way to stay present in this world by reading the inspirational, stigma-busting, brave, life-affirming (no, life-saving) stories of these writers that Ferris has assembled. The crushing isolation of depression gets a few shades lighter each time someone realizes..."I'm not alone. I'm connected to a bigger picture." Thank you for this beautiful and necessary book.
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I know personally about depression, addiction, alcoholism and feeling blue. I didn't count on the immediate recognition of empathy and identification with the editor Amy Ferris' introduction: 'The Balls-out Truth About Depression'. I didn't expect to be so sucked into such stories of struggle, despair, loss, renewal, irony, acceptance, hope and even amusement in one tragically absurd story of rock bottom in Samantha White's: 'The Dialectics of Suicide.' Or absolutely haunted by Jimmy Camp's: 'A Slip Of The Noose' and Jenna Stone's: 'Upon Being Told To Be True To Myself.' The order of the stories is quite perfect, ending with the attainable and sustainable hope written about in Pam L. Houston's: 'A Kind Of Quiet Most People Have Forgotten.'
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.
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Millions of people suffer from depression, many of them undiagnosed. The beauty and scope of this book, and the value of understanding more completely what people go through, and that we don't walk through this disease alone, is invaluable. I have observed the struggles and successes of many such people and this fabulous author brings the reality of it right into your den, your living room, or your bedroom. Fabulous work!

Highly recommended!!!
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This collection of thirty-five short accounts of depression told from a very personal point of view was very illuminating. Hard to read at times, it tackled the taboo subject of depression and mental health issues which bring into the spotlight ‘the dark fug’ and how this real illness is often considered to be embarrassing and unmentionable – a social pariah.

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.
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WHO...among us has not suffered with depression. And if we've not labeled it such ~ ALL of us can claim deep, anguishing sorrow at some time in our lives....when we questioned WHY AM I EVEN HERE? This book? THIS book is the validation that everyone needs to realize we're not alone in this arena of (often) life threatening blues. But it's more. It offers hope that life CAN be better....that it's WORTH the energy learning our own way out of the muck & mire. Kudos to Amy Ferris and every single person who shared their deeply personal story.....along with kudos to YOU if you have purchased this book of (mostly) cathartic memories. EVERYONE would be oh so much closer to others if we'd but share our hearts the way these brave souls have bared theirs. Thank you for this gift to the world....and to your healing selves.
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"Shades of Blue" is a beautifully written and heartbreakingly true account of what living with depression can be. As a person who struggles on a daily basis with depression, I adored this book. The collection of essays felt like reading letters from good friends. The authors are generous with their open and candid stories, and it helps to bring light to an otherwise dark topic. As you read, you're able to identify parts of yourself in others' words, and it helps clear the cloudy fog depression leaves behind. This book is a godsend to anyone who suffers with mental illness, anyone who loves someone who suffers with mental illness, or anyone who wants to understand the difficult journey of carving out a life amidst the sadness.
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