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I Thought I Could Fly: Portraits of Anguish, Compulsion, and Despair [Paperback]

By Charlee Brodsky (Editor), Jan McCafferty (Contributor) & George Loewenstein (Contributor)
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"Evocative images, eloquent testimony-a frank and often inspiring exploration of the experience of mental illness."-Peter D. Kramer, author of Freud: Inventor of the Modern Mind and Listening to Prozac

A tree's bare limbs against a grey sky, a young woman's vintage slip, the view beneath a bridge's span. Charlee Brodsky's stark black-and-white photographs combine with a concise collection of moving personal narratives to form an eloquent ensemble of tragedy and hope in the struggle to cope with mental illness.

Charlee Brodsky is a documentary photographer and a professor of photography at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9.5" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.48 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
Publisher   Bellevue Literary Press
ISBN  193413709X  
ISBN13  9781934137093  

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More About Charlee Brodsky, Jan McCafferty & George Loewenstein

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ] Charlee Brodsky, a documentary photographer and a professor of photography at Carnegie Mellon University, describes her work as dealing with social issues and beauty. Bellevue Literary Press published her book on mental illness titled I Thought I Could Fly...Portraits of Anguish, Compulsion, and Despair. Her book, STREET, with writer Jim Daniels, was awarded the Tillie Olsen Prize by the Working Class Studies Association. Knowing Stephanie, a book about a woman's life with breast cancer featuring her photographs, was selected for the American Association of University Presses' outstanding books of 2004 exhibition. In addition, Brodsky received a regional Emmy with three others for her work on Stephanie, a documentary video.

Charlee Brodsky was born in 1950.

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1Books > Special Features > Formats
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Psychology & Counseling > General
3Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Psychology & Counseling > Mental Illness

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I Thought I Could Fly...An Memorable Read  May 17, 2008
This book is beautiful, wrenching, inspiring and brave. The extraordinary challenges of mental illness are tackled with depth and grace. The stories are real and compelling. They provide a window into the day to day struggles of those suffering from mental illness as well as the impacts on those who love them. For me, the photographs are the most moving part of the book. They are beautiful, haunting art but, more important, they are integral to the stories being told. This book provides real insight into the complex nature of mental illness.
I Thought I Could Fly - fascinating look into real stories of mental illness  May 8, 2008
I loved this book for many reasons. On a practical note, for anyone who can't stay awake at night for more than two or three pages, this book delivers an intense personal story in a ten minute read. Some nights I couldn't put it down, and stayed up for two or three intense stories.

Second, this book offers insight into the day-to-day living of those who deal with mental illness - both those that are ill, and those who must care for them. Each story is different, and all are compelling. I think that anyone who either suffers with mental illness or has a loved one who suffers, will find this book both disturbing and comforting. Don't miss the end, where each person is revisited two years later, offering a peek at the possible outcomes of such extraordinary stories. I highly recommend this book.

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