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Black Sails White Rabbits: Cancer Was the Easy Part Paperback – December 5, 2015
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An Olympic sailing competitor recounts in this debut memoir that although testicular cancer was a challenge, bipolar disorder was even more so.…An absorbing, informative exploration of bipolar disorder from the inside.
"A devastatingly honest account of being bipolar, told with amazing insight, great feeling and unbelievable humor."
- Kendall Hailey, author of The Day I Became An Autodidact
"Kevin Hall has an extraordinary life and his book leads us through it in a bracingly honest and intimate way. Moving, sad and humorous, Black Sails White Rabbits should be required reading for all mental health professionals but will be enjoyed by anyone interested in human struggle and perseverance; the book tackles questions of identity that confront us all."
- Joel Gold, M.D. author of Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry NYU School of Medicine
"An exceptionally clear depiction of the lifelong struggle to cope with bipolar disorder. Kevin's compelling prose captures mania when words flow too fast, moods change too erratically, and actions occur without a filter, as well as severe bouts of depression and the tremendous toll the illness can have on family and friends. Yet, there is a hopefulness for living well with bipolar disorder that threads throughout the book, and will pull in readers."
-Jeffrey Hunt, MD, professor,
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior,
Alpert Medical School at Brown University
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I've now read Black Sails White Rabbits cover to cover, and have started reading it all over again. This amazing book opens the windows wide to help us all understand the incredible challenges faced. Kevin- I pledge to be there for you from here out. You are one of my true heroes, and I couldn't be more proud of you today.
Thank you for sharing this story and thank you for doing such a good job of writing about your difficult journey. I finished the book in about four days. I simply couldn't put it down. Your talent is impressive and I hope you continue to put pen to paper on this topic and others. The world needs to see more of your gift.
I really enjoyed this read and have such respect for what the author has accomplished, both in relating his story and living it! An amazing book written by an amazing character, well done Kevin!
It is clear that Kevin's father's inability to understand the uncontrollable nature of mental illness (despite his father being a medical doctor) is a source of much pain to Kevin, based on the amount of space devoted to it in the book.
This would be a much sadder story without the stalwart devotion of Kevin's wife. Everyone, mentally ill or not, should have such a champion.