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Everything / nothing / someone

Carrière, Alice (author.).

Summary: Alice Carrière tells the story of her unconventional upbringing in Greenwich Village as the daughter of a remote mother, the renowned artist Jennifer Bartlett, and a charismatic father, European actor Mathieu Carrière. From an early age, Alice is forced to navigate her mother's recovered memories of ritualized sexual abuse, which she turns into art, and her father's confusing attentions. Her days are a mixture of privilege, neglect, loneliness, and danger--a child living in an adult's world, with little-to-no enforcement of boundaries or supervision. When she enters adolescence, Alice begins to lose her grasp on herself, as a dissociative disorder erases her identity and overzealous doctors medicate her further away from herself. She inhabits various roles: as a patient in expensive psychiatric hospitals, a denizen of the downtown New York music scene, the ingénue in destructive encounters with older men--ricocheting from experience to experience until a medication-induced psychosis brings these personas crashing down. Eventually, she finds purpose in caring for her mother as she descends into dementia, in a love affair with a recovering addict who steadies her, in confronting her father whose words and actions splintered her, and in finding her voice as a writer. With gallows humor and brutal honesty, Everything/Nothing/Someone explores what it means for our body and mind to belong to us wholly, irrevocably, and on our own terms. In pulsing, energetic prose that is both precise and probing, Alice manages to untangle the stories told to her by her parents, the American psychiatric complex, and her own broken mind to craft a unique and mesmerizing narrative of emergence and, finally, cure.

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Coastal Plain Regional Library System:
      Tifton-Tift County Public Library
616.85 CARRIÈRE, ALICE ( Send Text)
31013002055941 Adult Non Fiction Available
Dougherty County Public Library:
      Central Branch
31018905242355 BIOGRAPHY Available
Flint River Regional Library System:
      Peachtree City Library
921 CARRIERE ( Send Text)
31022010365457 ADULT Available
Oconee Regional Library System:
      Laurens County Library
616.8523 CARR ( Send Text)
31040001592988 LEASE Available
Piedmont Regional Library System:
      Jefferson Public Library
BIO CAR ( Send Text)
31044008473077 Adult Biography Available
Southwest Georgia Regional Library System:
      Decatur County Public Library
B CAR 2023 ( Send Text)
In Memory of Beverly Pemberton: In Memory of Beverly Pemberton from Thomas Sanglier
31052007894284 STACKS Available

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