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LIAR: A Memoir ~Rob Roberge

Very happy to be asked by Net Galley to read this memoir, which pulled no punches about the read being dark and humorous at the same time.  It was just that, as the author is Bipolar (Manic Depression), suffers with alcoholism, and has been a junkie for most of his 43 years.

Hindsight is so 20/20.  It was amazing that Roberge could write, finish school, sing and teach as he worked his way through self-medication and mental health workers offering up loads of mediations and lock-up stints.

Roberge has recently discovered that he has a concussion illness and he will slowly loose his mind. After 15 years of being sober and not doing drugs he had a relapse with this new diagnosis and is motivated to write the memoir and tell his side of the story.  I want to go see the movie Concussion, which has just been released in the theaters because of reading this book.   As a counselor by training, the book touched me deeply to understand the process of mental illness from the inside and the experience.  I was upset that his supportive parents would never talk or explore with him about his mental illness and what he could do to find relief in more positive ways.

The book is due to be released on February 9th 2016, and Roberge must have a good following as the pre-orders are growing steadily.

We truly need to work on remedying our mental health coverage and understanding in this country and hopefully this read will be popular enough to bring about more action and understanding in our communities and our states.  It is a hard read and a good read and I am very pleased to have been asked to review it. LIAR is an important communication to our world.

“A darkly funny, intense memoir about mental illness, memory and storytelling, from an acclaimed novelist.” (Amazon page)

The writing is quite good and does not leave the reader wanting; it pulls one into the story and the sadness that accompanies the confusing and difficult circumstances, which are part of this life story.  The words move at a fast paced with a clarity that many of us do not see.   It is a 40 year old interpreting what he experienced when he was young; looking for resolutions still for what may not yet have answers for those who wish to understand and know.

“Rob Roberge is the author of four books of fiction, most recently The Cost of Living. He teaches creative writing, and his work has been widely anthologized. He also plays guitar and sings with the Los Angeles –based band the Urinals.” (From Book)

Mind Without A Home
Memory Card Full
My Thinning Years
The Isolation Door

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6 Responses to “LIAR: A Memoir ~Rob Roberge”

  1. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I’ve been meaning to get in contact for ages – will do .. but for now – the book and the data expressed here … very interesting and I’d like to see Concussion when it comes out – he presumably has very salient, pragmatic approach to his condition …

    Thanks for letting us know about this – cheers Hilary

    Patricia Reply:

    It is quite a powerful read and helps the counselor part of me understand what someone with BIPOLAR syndrome is feeling and thinking. I think if his parents had understood his condition he might have been saved some of his addiction woes. Very interesting story Yes I still want to see the movie.
    Happy New Year to you.
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  2. Hilary Says:

    Just to get the post up! I put in the wrong website bit .. .H
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    Patricia Reply:

    Hilary – I’m sorry for the problem…I gave out my addresses incorrectly to a publisher in December and now the person at the wrong address is receiving my books for review and not returning them to the publisher or the Post Office. One little typo What a difference it can make!
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  3. Sam Juliano Says:

    Definitely a very sad prognosis, with the expected loss of his mind, though of course acute alcoholism of this extent would wreck havoc on the body. Mr. Roberge’s words now at this stage would be fascinating to read, and this book has me most interested. I had a family member who suffered through this kind of addition, so it would really resonant. Great review here Patricia!
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    Patricia Reply:

    I think addiction is a huge problem in the USA today – even the Democratic candidates are talking about it and of course Chris Christy…this fellows writing is quite a insightful approach with self-medicating for Bi -polar with alcohol and drugs. 17 years free and now facing dementia…He has 4 other novels out too
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