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"It is the mark of a true poet, a writer for the times, a soul breaking and beckoning love, to be able to take a little slice of the world's darkest tragedies and write them as if they were light. To everyone who would never think to pick up a memoir about mental illness, because everyone should not only pick this memoir up and read it cover to cover, but they should also pass it along to every friend and family member they have." - Nicole Lyons, Author of THE LITHIUM CHRONICLES

"The magic of Cioffa's work shines its light on the power of the written word." Julie Davidow, American Contemporary Artist, co-author of Miami Contemporary Artists

"I was always impressed by how courageous a writer Jacqueline is. Keep writing your fine prose." Mark Blickley, Author of THE SACRED MISFITS

"I am grateful for the courage Jackie gifts others with in sharing her personal journey, tragedies and triumphs. I have shared much of my battle with depression in my writing over the years, but in no way with the poignancy, immediacy, and transparency with which Jackie serves up in this vital biography. I strongly recommend this as a must read for anyone struggling with mental health challenges." - Dennis McHale,  Author of THE WINTER BITES MY BONES

"In "The Red Bench," Jacqueline Cioffa provides a raw, real and painfully honest description of her battles with bipolar disorder. As a clinical psychologist, I have had years of experience as a mental health provider and as an advocate. I can say with assurance that The Red Bench is perhaps the most eloquent first-person account of mental illness I have ever read. Cioffa's narrative is both lyrical and disturbing, showing the full burden of her struggle, while also offering hope and inspiration for brighter days to come."David T. Susman, PhD
Guest star and interviewee on Finger Lakes News Radio on WAUB Morning News Steve spoke with author Jacqueline Cioffa about her anticipated book release, and raising mental health awareness via @FLNewsRadio

 As Seen On Bridge Street:
Auburn Native's New Memoir On Mental Illness

"The Red Bench" is a dark deep and brutally honest portrait of her struggle. "I wanted it to be, besides being a lifeline to sanity for me, it was a message of hope and resilience." - localsyr.com/community/bridge-street/auburn-native-s-new-memoir-on-mental-illness/1892502698

'It doesn't discriminate': Auburn native's third book details mental illness  
"There's nobody that (mental illness) excludes. It didn't matter that I worked for the best designers in the world. It didn't matter that I had a lot of money or that I was living in Paris or Milan -- none of that mattered. It doesn't discriminate."  (Megan Ehrhart, The Citizen) 
CNY Native Pens Memoir on Being a Model, Living With Bipolar Disorder-
"There are 46 million people living with this disease, and suicide is becoming more and more prevalent in our society," said author Jacqueline Cioffa. "I just want people who may be alone and suffering through this, [to know] there is help."  (Briana Smith, Spectrum News Central New York)  
'Red Bench' author on mental health/modeling career by Fox Rochester 
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition of this, we're joined in-studio by author and model Jackie Cioffa. Her book, "The Red Bench," chronicles her modeling career, managing mental illness and how it has affected her life. - Good Day Rochester with Norma Holland 
Rochester in Focus: Author shares her story of mental illness
At some point, one in every four people will face some sort of mental illness or disorder. An upstate New York author, Jackie Cioffa, is one of them. She's sharing her journey to help others in a new book called "The Red Bench." It follows the international model's descent into mental illness and bipolar disorder and how she recovered after a nervous breakdown. - Rochester in Focus.-WHEC TV - whec.com/news/rochester-in-focus-author-shares-her-story-of-mental-illness/5406372/
Former Model Finds Beauty in Survival, Sanity, & Imperfections by bp Magazine
International fashion model, makeup artist to celebs, author, and advocate--Jacqueline Cioffa has done it all. She reflects on her unconventional journey and her struggle to put her life back together after a "manic breakdown." bp Magazine bphope.com/back-chat-jacqueline-cioffa/

About the Author

Jacqueline Cioffa was an international model for 17 years and celebrity makeup artist. She is a dog lover, crystal collector, and Stone Crab enthusiast. Author of the raw and riveting memoir, "The Red Bench," and the poignant soul-stirring saga, "The Vast Landscape" and "Georgia Pine," Jacqueline's work has also been widely featured in numerous literary magazines, and anthologies. She's a storyteller, observer, truth teller, essayist, potty mouth, beauty enthusiast and film lover who's traveled the world. Living with Manic Depression, she believes passionately in using her voice to advocate and inspire others. 
Visit Jacqueline Cioffa at jacquelinecioffa.com.

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  • Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
  • Paperback : 206 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1794307192
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1794307193
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.47 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : Independently published (April 1, 2019)
  • Language: : English
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