A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story about Schizophrenia

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5.4 X 0.9 X 8.3 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author
Sandy Allen is a writer, speaker, editor and teacher. Their essays and features stories have been published by BuzzFeed News, CNN Opinion, Bon Appétit's Healthyish, and Pop-Up Magazine. Sandy was previously BuzzFeed News's deputy features editor. They also founded and ran the online-only literary quarterly Wag's Revue. Sandy's work focuses on constructs of normalcy, including psychiatric disability and gender. Sandy is non-binary trans. Originally from Muir Beach, CA, they live in the Catskills. A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise is their first book. For more, visit HelloSandyAllen.com
"Compelling... A bracing work of art and a loving tribute to a man whose voice, no matter how unpolished, deserves to be heard."--LA Times
"This book is an act of radical empathy through which the author--and, vicariously, the reader--enters intimately into a life that would otherwise be unintelligible."--Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
"To pay great attention and devote steady care to the perspective of another is, in itself, almost miraculous--especially when the Other has been cast as mad and dangerous. Sandra Allen has brought forward her uncle's life, rendering in exquisite detail what his experiences as a stigmatized, struggling man allowed him to see. This is a truly original piece of work. I urge you to read it."--Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family
"A breakthrough in meta-biographical writing... [Allen] marries several distinct genres to produce an insight into what it means to be a person with a psychiatric diagnosis...Thrilling... Gorgeous... a watershed in empathetic adaptation of 'outsider' autobiography."--The New Republic
"A marvel."--Esquire
"Searing."--O, The Oprah Magazine
"Enthralling... Being inside [Bob's] head, seeing how life felt and looked to him, is a miraculous thing indeed."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Sandra Allen has crafted a fearless narrative about what it is really like to grow up under the weight of mental illness . . . Honest, heartbreaking, and often humorous, this remarkable book offers a window into an experience of mental illness that many people often never get the chance to see through."--Bustle
"Intriguing... mesmerizing... what a journey it is."--The Rumpus
"Insightful... Allen offers readers an incredible glimpse into the life of a person battling with schizophrenia."--Publishers Weekly
"A book of many strange and often oddly beautiful pieces that together combine into a story that will make you tremble. A Kind of Miraculous Paradise is a resurrection of sorts, a profound retrieval of a life from beyond the veil with which so many of us obscure the realities of illness and family, loneliness and intimacy."--Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family
"Righteous, empathetic... [Paranoia] is seldom experienced or portrayed so elegantly as Allen does here."--Paste Magazine
"Compelling... skillful... vivid... a page-turning biography and family history... a deeply personal story about an enigmatic person living the only way he knows how: by trial and error."--Library Journal, starred review