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The Third Sunrise: A Memoir of Madness Paperback – July 19, 2012
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From the Author
From the Back Cover
"Like Sylvia Plath, Natalie Jeanne Champagne invites you so close to the pain and agony of her life of mental illness and addiction, which leaves you gasping from shock and laughing moments later: this is both the beauty and unique nature of her storytelling. With brilliance and courage, the author's brave and candid chronicle travels where no other memoir about mental illness and addiction has gone before. The Third Sunrise is an incredible triumph and Natalie Jeanne Champagne is without a doubt the most important new voice in this genre."
~Andy Behrman Bestselling Author of the book Electroboy
Champagne pens an unflinching and gutsy account of a childhood lost to bipolar disorder and drugs, laying bare every grimy, sickening, heartbreaking detail. A portrait of a girl that courageously claws her way out of a depression and drug-soaked abyss and emerges a bright and brave young adult, The Third Sunrise is a fast-paced must-read for anybody that's been doggedly pursued by depression, bipolar disorder or addiction.
-Malina Saval, author of The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens
"I applaud Natalie's courage in sharing her story, and in helping connect the dots between mental illness and drug addiction."
-Margo Talbot, Author of All That Glitters
"This memoir tells a story that will stay with me forever. Haunting, riveting, intense, and addictive. A must read!"
-Jon W. Hansen
"An intensely gripping narrative...expertly crafted and totally addictive...a must read! " -Maggie Reese, author of Runaway Mind
"The candor of this memoir will undoubtedly help those who have been affected by bipolar disorder, drug and alcohol addiction, sexual assault and self-harm as well as their families. It is this and the author's once seemingly impossible, yet now flourishing recovery of which she should be most proud."
-Michael Richmond, Author of
More About the Author
The Third Sunrise takes the reader into a world that is as terrifying as it is exhilarating: it depicts the life of a young woman who, at the age of twelve was diagnosed with early-onset bipolar disorder, spent many years in a psychiatric hospital where she was prescribed cocktails of medications promising recovery. Recovery never found her, and frightened, she found something else: drugs and alcohol. They quickly become exactly what she needed- a brilliant, black, detour from reality.
At the age of twenty, she had devoted her life to addiction and it nearly killed her in the process. Escape was not possible: she bathed in the darkness of cocaine, shook hands with heroin, and relished in the comfort of alcohol. She ceased to exist. The seizures she suffered at the hands of drugs, the abuse caused by those she invited into her life, and the pain she inflicted on herself and her family were lost to the underworld of drugs.
Top Customer Reviews
Champagne's pre-teen diagnosis of bipolar disorder, after previous misdiagnoses of "family issues" and ADHD, puts her in a minority for a condition that more commonly presents in a person's early twenties. We are given a graphic, unflinching account of her despairing bouts of depression and her unhinged manic episodes as a child- a child who has barely reached puberty but is already forced to cope with almost unimaginable suffering. "I am twelve years old the first time I am hospitalized," we are told. "My father drives me to the emergency room because he doesn't know where else to take a child who is threatening suicide and hiding knives in her room."
The author describes the utterly opposite states of a bipolar sufferer so powerfully and skilfully that the reader finds themselves experiencing the peaks and troughs with her and yearning for some balance. Champagne invites us openly to see what agony life can be and how lonely and self-destructive severe mental illness makes a human being.
The author's cruelly truncated childhood and severe symptoms take a heavy toll on her caring yet powerless family.Read more ›
The Third Sunrise follows in the footsteps of Hornbacher's Madness: A Bipolar Life but charts its own path in the words of a younger author.
I would recommend this book for those wishing to see a glimpse into what it's like living with mental illness or addiction issues. They will find it compelling and a book they look forward to picking up.
Mark Braun, MS RPh
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not too bad. Makes you think twice about assigning adolescents to a purely axis I diagnosis. It's more complicated than it seems sometimes.Published on January 4, 2014 by Little doc
Well written, a great book! Natalie is a beautiful, insightful, intelligent writer who allows her readers in to view her journey into and out of madness. Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Eileen
This book is an incredible, heart wrenching, awe inspiring, pride instilling read. I was sucked in. I didn't have sympathy for Natalie as she told her story, more so... Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by LaurenJay
As a person both with bipolar disorder and a very addictive personality; I can absolutely say that Natalie's book was profoundly essential, relevant and accessible for me. Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by C. Matthews
The one thing that kept me moving through this book was that the author is still alive, otherwise, based on what I read as the book progresses, I would be doubtful of that. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
If you have someone in your life who suffers from Bipolar Disorder and drug abuse, or you yourself deal with this affliction, you will benefit from reading Natalie's book. Read morePublished on February 2, 2013 by Dudley Dooright
As a long-time sufferer of mental illness and a passionate fan of the written word, who has read hundreds of similar stories, I have become a self-proclaimed expert on books in... Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by Nathan Daniels