Like Crazy: Life with My Mother and Her Invisible Friends


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Atria Books
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5.6 X 8.5 X 1.0 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Dan Mathews was born and raised in Orange County, California by a single mother who encouraged her three boys to bring home stray animals. In high school, he was beaten up for being gay and credits those rough times with helping him develop the thick skin needed to be an animal activist. He spent two years in Italy working as a fashion model and bit-part actor before returning to the US to earn a degree in history from American University in Washington, DC. Shortly afterwards, he began working at PETA as a receptionist and within a year was organizing protests. As PETA's Director of Campaigns, he helps increase awareness of the rights of animals through high-profile events. He has been arrested for his activities more than twenty times but usually gets released from jail within a day. Through a unique combination of sex, humor, and glamour, he has turned animal rights into one of the hottest causes of the last two decades.


"Mathews conveys potentially heavy and gut-wrenching family crises with page-turning style and heaps of wit. This tender, beautifully written celebration of familial love will resonate with readers." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"As a psychologist who has worked with schizophrenia on a daily basis for the last 12 years, I found Dan Mathews' book nothing short of astonishing--just like his mother's life. He tells her story in a way that conveys the gravity of severe mental illness, but also captures the dizzying absurdity and even humor that came with caring for his mother and loving her. A poignant and beautiful book." --Richard Weiss, Supervising Psychologist, Los Angeles County
"Like Crazy is exquisite. Full of wry humor, tenderness, and compassion." --Jeannette Walls, bestselling author of The Glass Castle
"Dan Mathews writes with such wit and tenderness about his mother's descent into previously undiagnosed schizophrenia. But that's not all: this book is also about his journey to self-acceptance and ultimately finding love. I couldn't recommend it more." --Alan Cumming
"Poignant, readable, and even fun despite the dark moments." --Kirkus