Long Shot: My Bipolar Life and the Horses Who Saved Me

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9780061714443: Long Shot: My Bipolar Life and the Horses Who Saved Me

Combine Seabiscuit with Manic--throw in a touch of HBO's "Temple Grandin"--and you get Long Shot, a truly remarkable memoir by Sylvia Harris. A single mother of three, Harris was crippled by bipolar depression, until she discovered the miraculous healing and calming effect of horses--a revelation that ultimately enabled her to manage her illness, conquer the sexism of her field, and triumph as a champion jockey in the male-dominated world of horse racing. A fascinating, courageous, and ultimately redemptive true story, Long Shot has won high praise from Phyllis Chesler Ph.D., author of Women and Madness, who says, "[Harris's] attempt to find balance, joy, connectedness, and purpose in life constitutes a great adventure story."

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"An inspirational story."--Kirkus Reviews

"[A] truly compelling tale of the havoc mental illness can wreak and how a passion can lead to healing."--Booklist

"Heart-wrenching. . . . Highly recommended for people struggling with [bipolar disorder] and anyone who loves them. . . . [Harris's] fighting spirit emanates from the page."--BlackVoices.com

"An edgy, unapologetic account of [Harris's] race to outrun the illness that consumed her. . . . A tribute to the power of the horse to calm, contain and inspire."--The Economist

"Inspiring. . . . One of the more interesting sports book that you will find."--Philadelphia Tribune

An edgy, unapologetic account of [Harris s] race to outrun the illness that consumed her. . . . A tribute to the power of the horse to calm, contain and inspire. --The Economist"

Terrifically insightful [and] beautifully crafted, this book pulls no punches. . . . Each page of "Long Shot" reminds us once again of the adage that the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person. --Lowell Sun"

Heart-wrenching. . . . Highly recommended for people struggling with [bipolar disorder] and anyone who loves them. . . . [Harris s] fighting spirit emanates from the page. --BlackVoices.com"

[A] truly compelling tale of the havoc mental illness can wreak and how a passion can lead to healing. --Booklist"

An inspirational story. --Kirkus Reviews"

Inspiring. . . . One of the more interesting sports book that you will find. --Philadelphia Tribune"

Even if you don t love horses you will still cheer for Sylvia Harris after reading her memoir. . . . After reading "Long Shot," you ll feel there s little that you can t accomplish. --Essence"

"Terrifically insightful [and] beautifully crafted, this book pulls no punches. . . . Each page of Long Shot reminds us once again of the adage that the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person."--Lowell Sun

"Even if you don't love horses you will still cheer for Sylvia Harris after reading her memoir. . . . After reading Long Shot, you'll feel there's little that you can't accomplish."--Essence

From the Back Cover:

Alcohol. Lithium. Buddhist chanting.

To quiet the voices in her mind, Sylvia Harris tried all of theabove. At times, her manic behavior led her to dress up as a cowgirl and show off her rope skills in the middle of a quaint Northern California village. At its worst, it led her to look for love in all the wrong places and create a family she had difficulty caring for. While she occasionally found temporary relief, darkness always followed. At the nadir of her twenty-year battle with bipolar depression, Harris found salvation in the most unlikely of places--Cardinal Farm, an equine ranch outside Orlando, Florida.

While Harris had always been drawn to animals, she had no idea of the healing power of working with horses. And while she still experienced raging highs and destabilizing lows, eventually, through grooming and racing horses, she was able to find stability. With an unflinching eye toward her weaknesses and the pain her decisions have inflicted upon others, Harris examines the ravaging power of her bipolar behavior and the magical power of horses.

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