Thursday, January 17, 2013

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY OF THE BOON BY E. UTTLEY

The Boon: Thoughts of a Schizophrenic in Remission is a memoir of psychosis and recovery by Eugene Uttley

An English teacher in Asia when the disorder took hold,

Uttley was propelled by delusions into a yearlong psychosis.

This first-hand account of madness and the road to recoveryshows what it is to be fragmented, mind and soul.

The Boon is Uttley in the process of becoming whole again.
About the Book:


About the Book:

In 2006, Eugene Uttley was in his fourth year of teaching English as a Second Language in South Korea. At the end of that year, he experienced late onset schizophrenia. Walking away from a good job, a car, and an apartment full of possessions, he followed his voices and delusions into the streets of Seoul, where he became an illegal alien. A month later, he made it back to the USA, but continued in a psychotic break with reality, untreated, for almost an entire year, traveling coast-to-coast, driven by his disturbed mind. Now, five stable years later, he has written two books about coping with schizophrenia. The first is a fairly straightforward memoir, and is currently under consideration for publication by a small press. The second, this book, is more concerned with his recovery and his current thinking about the disorder and what it means to heal psychologically and spiritually and to be whole.

The Boon: Thoughts of a Schizophrenic in Remission draws broadly from thinkers, psychologists, and artists, quoting and commenting on excerpts from a wide array of works and touching on a number of subjects. For all its various sources and types of material, however, this book manages to maintain a brisk, light pace. It is an entertaining as well as an informative read. It also contains original works of poetry, prose, and dialogue written in the years building up to Uttley's psychotic break, with commentary about his mindset and the themes and images he used at that precarious time. Uttley regales the reader with wild anecdotes from his psychosis and crafts calm sketches of his current-day life as a survivor of this debilitating condition.

The Boon provides an intriguing portrait of a mind and soul before, during, and after the ravages of mental illness. It is the author's hope that it will inform readers about schizophrenia, fighting to some extent the oppressive negative stigma attached to the disorder, and that it will inspire and encourage proactive recovery techniques in fellow-sufferers. Uttley provides his contact information in the course of the book and encourages readers to initiate a dialogue with him during or after reading. He feels that an open conversation on schizophrenia will be beneficial for all concerned.


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7 comments:

  1. This sounds really interesting. I know someone that I think has schizophrenia and I'm interested in learning more about it.

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  3. Thanks for posting about the tour and giveaway. The book sounds great! I'm glad to be a part of the tour, too.

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  5. Sounds like a very compelling book. I'll have to check it out!

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  6. sounds really good i will read this

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