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"Ferociously describes the rapture and capture of addiction. This young woman has worn herself to a blade in her troubles, and used the knife to cut through bullshit in her powerful story of survival. A tremendous scorching roller-coaster of a story. I was moved."   - Kate Holden Author of "In My Skin"
 
 
"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!"
-Marni Mann, Author of Memoirs Aren't Fairytales and Scars From A Memoir
 "Champagne's blunt prose cuts like a knife as she recounts the turmoil of a life lived beyond the edge. Holding no punches, her acerbic frankness at once draws and repels you yet . . . this is a book that you will not be able to put down."
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 "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."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: The Key Pubishing House Inc. (July 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926780167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926780160
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,409,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. L. Richmond on August 4, 2012
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Natalie Jeanne Champagne's memoir, The Third Sunrise, is a brave and remarkable achievement. With searing, heart-rending honesty, Champagne's imaginative prose lays bare the reality of severe mental illness and addiction. What's more she does so without seeking sympathy or masochistic scorn. The Third Sunrise is a tale of suffering and desperation but it is sprinkled with spunky, caustic wit and beautiful moments of simple humanity.

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.
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There are many bipolar memoirs on the market but none are quite like this one. Natalie exposes unique aspects to both mental illness and addiction. She speaks of what it's like to be a bipolar child - with interjections from her family - and to grow up plagued by many mental health issues such as an eating disorder in addition to bipolar disorder. She then goes on to detail how she was driven to addiction to deal with the suffering she felt from her mental health issues. Her relationships with others also elucidate her own mental state.

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.
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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. She has the rare ability to take the raw emotion and experience of she has encountered and put it into fresh, understandable, relatable words. You will not be able to stop reading until you have finished the book. She is honest, she is in your face, and does not hold back. You will be there in the room, on the street, feeling your way in the darkness, emerging gradually into the light. In this book, when Natalie is disappointed, you will be disappointed. When she loves, you will love. She is in pain, you will feel the pain. The final two chapters written by her mother and father will bring you to your knees.
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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. The author gives an account of her early illness and subsequent attempts to treat, and then a descent into a world of drugs. Really, I'm amazed that she was able to pull herself out of that, and you will be too.

This book is written with brutal honesty, and the downward spiral was hard to take at first when everything that was tried had failed. What appealed to me about this story is that this could happen to anybody. If it happened to you, and nobody knew how to 'fix' it, what would you do?
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Natalie's honest portrait of her life is refreshing and intriguing. This book is the perfect read for anyone wanting to look inside the mind and world of someone dealing with addiction and bipolar disorder. Natalie serves the reader well by not holding anything back. It's a gritty, real look into this world that many find themselves in. Having dealt with these issues myself I found this book to be just what I needed to read. It mesmerized me the many things that we shared though our journeys were different. I found it comforting to see someone dealing with the same issues, yet thriving in the end. Don't feel like you need to have bipolar or an addiction to read this book! It's a great read and should not be passed by!
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This book is an extremely well written narrative of a young woman's battle with early onset Bipolar Disorder and Addiction. I found it to be compelling and contemporary. It is a biographical journey that takes you through the thought processes of a young woman trying to find her way through mental illness, substance abuse and eating disorders. What I like is that it is brutally honest and very introspective. It chronicles the feelings of despair, hope and shattered dreams as Natalie tries to overcome her battles with Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse. I feel this book would be both beneficial to someone with mental illness as well as a friend or parent whose lives intertwine with those afflicted with either an affective disorder or dual diagnosis. I can also appreciate that it does not offer advice or a therapeutic cookbook on how to best deal with these afflictions. I think it is an upbeat book that takes a firsthand examination of a very troubled existence. I look forward to reading more from this articulate young author.

Mark Braun, MS RPh
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