I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying: Essays

I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying: Essays

A deeply personal collection of essays exploring Nigerian-American author Bassey Ikpi?s experiences navigating Bipolar II and anxiety throughout the course of her life. Bassey Ikpi was born in Nigeria in 1976. Four years later, she and her mother joined her father in Stillwater, Oklahoma ?a move that would be anxiety ridden for any child, but especially for Bassey. Her earl A deeply personal collection of essays exploring Nigerian-American author Bassey Ikpi?s experiences navigating ...

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Title:I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying: Essays
Author:Bassey Ikpi
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I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying: Essays Reviews

  • Rachel Smalter Hall
    Jul 23, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

    Ikpi writes: My family spent years looking at me and not knowing that I was not okay. When they saw how bad the ?not okay? could get, they rushed to treat me like glass. Not something broken - like I felt - but something they had never noticed was in danger of breaking. ?I?m...

    In I?m Telling the Truth, But I?m Lying, Bassey Ikpi tells her life-story of growing up with an increasingly splintered mind, from the early days of living in Nigeria and being confused at the turmoil within, to the growing fear in losing control and being hospitalised for ?sever...

    ?People like to use the metaphor of darkness when it comes to depression. My experience is more like a fog. A thing descending slowly. A thick something that surrounds me, distorting my vision of myself and the world around me? Bassey Ikpi lays it all out with vivid imagery and ...

    It's been a bad day so I wept through the second half. Felt her fear, frustration, and exhaustion in the psych ward while listening with deep anxiety. Triggering if your psych ward/hospital experience(s) has/have ever been traumatic. The lead up to her suicide attempt and subsequent ho...

    ?This brain feels broken sometimes.? ...

    Review to come! ...

    Whew. This book was so beautifully written. Ikpi's voice is so unique. Her metaphors and her way she goes in and out of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person makes it feel as if you are breaking with her. I'm looking forward to this book being released into the world. ...

    This book gave me a panic attack. It hit a little close to home and there were so many scenes that resonated with me. I think she is strong for putting this out there. This is the true face of mental illness. This is what it feels like, what it's like to live with, what it's like to fi...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me an ARC at BEA 2019, in return for an honest review. Also, thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy. This collection of essays show Bassey Ikpi over the course of several decades, from her childhood moving to the U.S. from Nigeria, to t...

    Bassey?s writing is so fearless. You?ll find yourself wanting to protect her while rooting for her to save herself. She paints a picture of a ?broken? brain without ever making herself a victim and owning her actions. I breezed through this book even though the content was heav...

    It was beautiful and poetic, but heartbreaking to read. I loved the raw honesty and the way the author was able to pierce my heart while reading. There were some chapters that I ended up skimming because I felt that they lost me midway through. I recognize that this is someone's own pe...

    "I know that when the sun casts a certain shadow on the cracked concrete sidewalk, that somewhere, in some past I can't fully access, there was a heart that broke and leaked and ran into those cracks." There is something beautifully heartbreaking about the journey this book takes yo...

    Beautiful honest poetic funny tragic writing. I hope she writes a follow-up about the man and the child, what came after the hospital breakdown, which is treated quite enigmatically at the end of this book. But pouring all the emotions and intensity into that as well might be too much ...

    A lyrical, raw, painfully truthful, and worthwhile glimpse into the author's mental illness struggles. Sometimes hard in places to listen to, but recommend as an audio book since Ikpi is a spoken word artist and the impact of her words come through in her delivery. ...

    I was already really curious about this memoir when I saw two of my favorite writers?Kiese Laymon and Samantha Irby?say really nice things about it, including these phrases: ?I want to scream my joy,? ?momentous art object,? and ?human miracle? (!). Bassey Ikpi is a poe...

  • Sandy Reilly
    Jul 30, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

  • Chris MacDonald-Dennis
    Jun 05, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

  • Crystal
    Aug 25, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

    Ikpi writes: My family spent years looking at me and not knowing that I was not okay. When they saw how bad the ?not okay? could get, they rushed to treat me like glass. Not something broken - like I felt - but something they had never noticed was in danger of breaking. ?I?m...

    In I?m Telling the Truth, But I?m Lying, Bassey Ikpi tells her life-story of growing up with an increasingly splintered mind, from the early days of living in Nigeria and being confused at the turmoil within, to the growing fear in losing control and being hospitalised for ?sever...

    ?People like to use the metaphor of darkness when it comes to depression. My experience is more like a fog. A thing descending slowly. A thick something that surrounds me, distorting my vision of myself and the world around me? Bassey Ikpi lays it all out with vivid imagery and ...

    It's been a bad day so I wept through the second half. Felt her fear, frustration, and exhaustion in the psych ward while listening with deep anxiety. Triggering if your psych ward/hospital experience(s) has/have ever been traumatic. The lead up to her suicide attempt and subsequent ho...

  • The CurvyJones
    Aug 23, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

    Ikpi writes: My family spent years looking at me and not knowing that I was not okay. When they saw how bad the ?not okay? could get, they rushed to treat me like glass. Not something broken - like I felt - but something they had never noticed was in danger of breaking. ?I?m...

    In I?m Telling the Truth, But I?m Lying, Bassey Ikpi tells her life-story of growing up with an increasingly splintered mind, from the early days of living in Nigeria and being confused at the turmoil within, to the growing fear in losing control and being hospitalised for ?sever...

    ?People like to use the metaphor of darkness when it comes to depression. My experience is more like a fog. A thing descending slowly. A thick something that surrounds me, distorting my vision of myself and the world around me? Bassey Ikpi lays it all out with vivid imagery and ...

    It's been a bad day so I wept through the second half. Felt her fear, frustration, and exhaustion in the psych ward while listening with deep anxiety. Triggering if your psych ward/hospital experience(s) has/have ever been traumatic. The lead up to her suicide attempt and subsequent ho...

    ?This brain feels broken sometimes.? ...

    Review to come! ...

    Whew. This book was so beautifully written. Ikpi's voice is so unique. Her metaphors and her way she goes in and out of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person makes it feel as if you are breaking with her. I'm looking forward to this book being released into the world. ...

    This book gave me a panic attack. It hit a little close to home and there were so many scenes that resonated with me. I think she is strong for putting this out there. This is the true face of mental illness. This is what it feels like, what it's like to live with, what it's like to fi...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me an ARC at BEA 2019, in return for an honest review. Also, thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy. This collection of essays show Bassey Ikpi over the course of several decades, from her childhood moving to the U.S. from Nigeria, to t...

    Bassey?s writing is so fearless. You?ll find yourself wanting to protect her while rooting for her to save herself. She paints a picture of a ?broken? brain without ever making herself a victim and owning her actions. I breezed through this book even though the content was heav...

    It was beautiful and poetic, but heartbreaking to read. I loved the raw honesty and the way the author was able to pierce my heart while reading. There were some chapters that I ended up skimming because I felt that they lost me midway through. I recognize that this is someone's own pe...

    "I know that when the sun casts a certain shadow on the cracked concrete sidewalk, that somewhere, in some past I can't fully access, there was a heart that broke and leaked and ran into those cracks." There is something beautifully heartbreaking about the journey this book takes yo...

    Beautiful honest poetic funny tragic writing. I hope she writes a follow-up about the man and the child, what came after the hospital breakdown, which is treated quite enigmatically at the end of this book. But pouring all the emotions and intensity into that as well might be too much ...

    A lyrical, raw, painfully truthful, and worthwhile glimpse into the author's mental illness struggles. Sometimes hard in places to listen to, but recommend as an audio book since Ikpi is a spoken word artist and the impact of her words come through in her delivery. ...

    I was already really curious about this memoir when I saw two of my favorite writers?Kiese Laymon and Samantha Irby?say really nice things about it, including these phrases: ?I want to scream my joy,? ?momentous art object,? and ?human miracle? (!). Bassey Ikpi is a poe...

    Brave Reading this book has been exhausting and I mean that in the most humane way possible. To clarify, if it was exhausting to read my heart breaks imagining how it must be to exist in this world with all of this happening in your head. How brave to share it, how strong to survive...

    I don?t do nonfiction OR memoirs but I kept hearing about this book so I got it in audio and I was SHUSHING people so I could hear. Loved it. ...

  • Stefanie
    Apr 07, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

  • Dolly
    Jul 03, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

  • Latiffany
    Aug 26, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

  • Alba
    May 28, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

    Ikpi writes: My family spent years looking at me and not knowing that I was not okay. When they saw how bad the ?not okay? could get, they rushed to treat me like glass. Not something broken - like I felt - but something they had never noticed was in danger of breaking. ?I?m...

    In I?m Telling the Truth, But I?m Lying, Bassey Ikpi tells her life-story of growing up with an increasingly splintered mind, from the early days of living in Nigeria and being confused at the turmoil within, to the growing fear in losing control and being hospitalised for ?sever...

    ?People like to use the metaphor of darkness when it comes to depression. My experience is more like a fog. A thing descending slowly. A thick something that surrounds me, distorting my vision of myself and the world around me? Bassey Ikpi lays it all out with vivid imagery and ...

    It's been a bad day so I wept through the second half. Felt her fear, frustration, and exhaustion in the psych ward while listening with deep anxiety. Triggering if your psych ward/hospital experience(s) has/have ever been traumatic. The lead up to her suicide attempt and subsequent ho...

    ?This brain feels broken sometimes.? ...

    Review to come! ...

    Whew. This book was so beautifully written. Ikpi's voice is so unique. Her metaphors and her way she goes in and out of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person makes it feel as if you are breaking with her. I'm looking forward to this book being released into the world. ...

    This book gave me a panic attack. It hit a little close to home and there were so many scenes that resonated with me. I think she is strong for putting this out there. This is the true face of mental illness. This is what it feels like, what it's like to live with, what it's like to fi...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me an ARC at BEA 2019, in return for an honest review. Also, thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy. This collection of essays show Bassey Ikpi over the course of several decades, from her childhood moving to the U.S. from Nigeria, to t...

    Bassey?s writing is so fearless. You?ll find yourself wanting to protect her while rooting for her to save herself. She paints a picture of a ?broken? brain without ever making herself a victim and owning her actions. I breezed through this book even though the content was heav...

  • Alana
    Aug 29, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

    Ikpi writes: My family spent years looking at me and not knowing that I was not okay. When they saw how bad the ?not okay? could get, they rushed to treat me like glass. Not something broken - like I felt - but something they had never noticed was in danger of breaking. ?I?m...

    In I?m Telling the Truth, But I?m Lying, Bassey Ikpi tells her life-story of growing up with an increasingly splintered mind, from the early days of living in Nigeria and being confused at the turmoil within, to the growing fear in losing control and being hospitalised for ?sever...

    ?People like to use the metaphor of darkness when it comes to depression. My experience is more like a fog. A thing descending slowly. A thick something that surrounds me, distorting my vision of myself and the world around me? Bassey Ikpi lays it all out with vivid imagery and ...

    It's been a bad day so I wept through the second half. Felt her fear, frustration, and exhaustion in the psych ward while listening with deep anxiety. Triggering if your psych ward/hospital experience(s) has/have ever been traumatic. The lead up to her suicide attempt and subsequent ho...

    ?This brain feels broken sometimes.? ...

    Review to come! ...

    Whew. This book was so beautifully written. Ikpi's voice is so unique. Her metaphors and her way she goes in and out of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person makes it feel as if you are breaking with her. I'm looking forward to this book being released into the world. ...

    This book gave me a panic attack. It hit a little close to home and there were so many scenes that resonated with me. I think she is strong for putting this out there. This is the true face of mental illness. This is what it feels like, what it's like to live with, what it's like to fi...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me an ARC at BEA 2019, in return for an honest review. Also, thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy. This collection of essays show Bassey Ikpi over the course of several decades, from her childhood moving to the U.S. from Nigeria, to t...

    Bassey?s writing is so fearless. You?ll find yourself wanting to protect her while rooting for her to save herself. She paints a picture of a ?broken? brain without ever making herself a victim and owning her actions. I breezed through this book even though the content was heav...

    It was beautiful and poetic, but heartbreaking to read. I loved the raw honesty and the way the author was able to pierce my heart while reading. There were some chapters that I ended up skimming because I felt that they lost me midway through. I recognize that this is someone's own pe...

    "I know that when the sun casts a certain shadow on the cracked concrete sidewalk, that somewhere, in some past I can't fully access, there was a heart that broke and leaked and ran into those cracks." There is something beautifully heartbreaking about the journey this book takes yo...

  • Natalie (CuriousReader)
    Aug 20, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

    Ikpi writes: My family spent years looking at me and not knowing that I was not okay. When they saw how bad the ?not okay? could get, they rushed to treat me like glass. Not something broken - like I felt - but something they had never noticed was in danger of breaking. ?I?m...

    In I?m Telling the Truth, But I?m Lying, Bassey Ikpi tells her life-story of growing up with an increasingly splintered mind, from the early days of living in Nigeria and being confused at the turmoil within, to the growing fear in losing control and being hospitalised for ?sever...

  • Silje
    Sep 12, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

    Ikpi writes: My family spent years looking at me and not knowing that I was not okay. When they saw how bad the ?not okay? could get, they rushed to treat me like glass. Not something broken - like I felt - but something they had never noticed was in danger of breaking. ?I?m...

    In I?m Telling the Truth, But I?m Lying, Bassey Ikpi tells her life-story of growing up with an increasingly splintered mind, from the early days of living in Nigeria and being confused at the turmoil within, to the growing fear in losing control and being hospitalised for ?sever...

    ?People like to use the metaphor of darkness when it comes to depression. My experience is more like a fog. A thing descending slowly. A thick something that surrounds me, distorting my vision of myself and the world around me? Bassey Ikpi lays it all out with vivid imagery and ...

    It's been a bad day so I wept through the second half. Felt her fear, frustration, and exhaustion in the psych ward while listening with deep anxiety. Triggering if your psych ward/hospital experience(s) has/have ever been traumatic. The lead up to her suicide attempt and subsequent ho...

    ?This brain feels broken sometimes.? ...

    Review to come! ...

    Whew. This book was so beautifully written. Ikpi's voice is so unique. Her metaphors and her way she goes in and out of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person makes it feel as if you are breaking with her. I'm looking forward to this book being released into the world. ...

    This book gave me a panic attack. It hit a little close to home and there were so many scenes that resonated with me. I think she is strong for putting this out there. This is the true face of mental illness. This is what it feels like, what it's like to live with, what it's like to fi...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me an ARC at BEA 2019, in return for an honest review. Also, thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy. This collection of essays show Bassey Ikpi over the course of several decades, from her childhood moving to the U.S. from Nigeria, to t...

    Bassey?s writing is so fearless. You?ll find yourself wanting to protect her while rooting for her to save herself. She paints a picture of a ?broken? brain without ever making herself a victim and owning her actions. I breezed through this book even though the content was heav...

    It was beautiful and poetic, but heartbreaking to read. I loved the raw honesty and the way the author was able to pierce my heart while reading. There were some chapters that I ended up skimming because I felt that they lost me midway through. I recognize that this is someone's own pe...

    "I know that when the sun casts a certain shadow on the cracked concrete sidewalk, that somewhere, in some past I can't fully access, there was a heart that broke and leaked and ran into those cracks." There is something beautifully heartbreaking about the journey this book takes yo...

    Beautiful honest poetic funny tragic writing. I hope she writes a follow-up about the man and the child, what came after the hospital breakdown, which is treated quite enigmatically at the end of this book. But pouring all the emotions and intensity into that as well might be too much ...

  • lisa
    Jun 19, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

  • BookOfCinz
    Sep 17, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

  • Saloni
    Jun 12, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

  • Akwaeke Emezi
    Apr 21, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

  • Jamise // Spines & Vines
    Sep 06, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

    Ikpi writes: My family spent years looking at me and not knowing that I was not okay. When they saw how bad the ?not okay? could get, they rushed to treat me like glass. Not something broken - like I felt - but something they had never noticed was in danger of breaking. ?I?m...

    In I?m Telling the Truth, But I?m Lying, Bassey Ikpi tells her life-story of growing up with an increasingly splintered mind, from the early days of living in Nigeria and being confused at the turmoil within, to the growing fear in losing control and being hospitalised for ?sever...

    ?People like to use the metaphor of darkness when it comes to depression. My experience is more like a fog. A thing descending slowly. A thick something that surrounds me, distorting my vision of myself and the world around me? Bassey Ikpi lays it all out with vivid imagery and ...

  • Karen
    Sep 15, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

    Ikpi writes: My family spent years looking at me and not knowing that I was not okay. When they saw how bad the ?not okay? could get, they rushed to treat me like glass. Not something broken - like I felt - but something they had never noticed was in danger of breaking. ?I?m...

    In I?m Telling the Truth, But I?m Lying, Bassey Ikpi tells her life-story of growing up with an increasingly splintered mind, from the early days of living in Nigeria and being confused at the turmoil within, to the growing fear in losing control and being hospitalised for ?sever...

    ?People like to use the metaphor of darkness when it comes to depression. My experience is more like a fog. A thing descending slowly. A thick something that surrounds me, distorting my vision of myself and the world around me? Bassey Ikpi lays it all out with vivid imagery and ...

    It's been a bad day so I wept through the second half. Felt her fear, frustration, and exhaustion in the psych ward while listening with deep anxiety. Triggering if your psych ward/hospital experience(s) has/have ever been traumatic. The lead up to her suicide attempt and subsequent ho...

    ?This brain feels broken sometimes.? ...

    Review to come! ...

    Whew. This book was so beautifully written. Ikpi's voice is so unique. Her metaphors and her way she goes in and out of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person makes it feel as if you are breaking with her. I'm looking forward to this book being released into the world. ...

    This book gave me a panic attack. It hit a little close to home and there were so many scenes that resonated with me. I think she is strong for putting this out there. This is the true face of mental illness. This is what it feels like, what it's like to live with, what it's like to fi...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me an ARC at BEA 2019, in return for an honest review. Also, thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy. This collection of essays show Bassey Ikpi over the course of several decades, from her childhood moving to the U.S. from Nigeria, to t...

    Bassey?s writing is so fearless. You?ll find yourself wanting to protect her while rooting for her to save herself. She paints a picture of a ?broken? brain without ever making herself a victim and owning her actions. I breezed through this book even though the content was heav...

    It was beautiful and poetic, but heartbreaking to read. I loved the raw honesty and the way the author was able to pierce my heart while reading. There were some chapters that I ended up skimming because I felt that they lost me midway through. I recognize that this is someone's own pe...

    "I know that when the sun casts a certain shadow on the cracked concrete sidewalk, that somewhere, in some past I can't fully access, there was a heart that broke and leaked and ran into those cracks." There is something beautifully heartbreaking about the journey this book takes yo...

    Beautiful honest poetic funny tragic writing. I hope she writes a follow-up about the man and the child, what came after the hospital breakdown, which is treated quite enigmatically at the end of this book. But pouring all the emotions and intensity into that as well might be too much ...

    A lyrical, raw, painfully truthful, and worthwhile glimpse into the author's mental illness struggles. Sometimes hard in places to listen to, but recommend as an audio book since Ikpi is a spoken word artist and the impact of her words come through in her delivery. ...

  • BiblioBtown
    Jun 30, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

    Ikpi writes: My family spent years looking at me and not knowing that I was not okay. When they saw how bad the ?not okay? could get, they rushed to treat me like glass. Not something broken - like I felt - but something they had never noticed was in danger of breaking. ?I?m...

    In I?m Telling the Truth, But I?m Lying, Bassey Ikpi tells her life-story of growing up with an increasingly splintered mind, from the early days of living in Nigeria and being confused at the turmoil within, to the growing fear in losing control and being hospitalised for ?sever...

    ?People like to use the metaphor of darkness when it comes to depression. My experience is more like a fog. A thing descending slowly. A thick something that surrounds me, distorting my vision of myself and the world around me? Bassey Ikpi lays it all out with vivid imagery and ...

    It's been a bad day so I wept through the second half. Felt her fear, frustration, and exhaustion in the psych ward while listening with deep anxiety. Triggering if your psych ward/hospital experience(s) has/have ever been traumatic. The lead up to her suicide attempt and subsequent ho...

    ?This brain feels broken sometimes.? ...

    Review to come! ...

    Whew. This book was so beautifully written. Ikpi's voice is so unique. Her metaphors and her way she goes in and out of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person makes it feel as if you are breaking with her. I'm looking forward to this book being released into the world. ...

    This book gave me a panic attack. It hit a little close to home and there were so many scenes that resonated with me. I think she is strong for putting this out there. This is the true face of mental illness. This is what it feels like, what it's like to live with, what it's like to fi...

  • Jenn
    Jul 21, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

    Ikpi writes: My family spent years looking at me and not knowing that I was not okay. When they saw how bad the ?not okay? could get, they rushed to treat me like glass. Not something broken - like I felt - but something they had never noticed was in danger of breaking. ?I?m...

    In I?m Telling the Truth, But I?m Lying, Bassey Ikpi tells her life-story of growing up with an increasingly splintered mind, from the early days of living in Nigeria and being confused at the turmoil within, to the growing fear in losing control and being hospitalised for ?sever...

    ?People like to use the metaphor of darkness when it comes to depression. My experience is more like a fog. A thing descending slowly. A thick something that surrounds me, distorting my vision of myself and the world around me? Bassey Ikpi lays it all out with vivid imagery and ...

    It's been a bad day so I wept through the second half. Felt her fear, frustration, and exhaustion in the psych ward while listening with deep anxiety. Triggering if your psych ward/hospital experience(s) has/have ever been traumatic. The lead up to her suicide attempt and subsequent ho...

    ?This brain feels broken sometimes.? ...

    Review to come! ...

  • alexa (travelingreads)
    Aug 24, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

    Ikpi writes: My family spent years looking at me and not knowing that I was not okay. When they saw how bad the ?not okay? could get, they rushed to treat me like glass. Not something broken - like I felt - but something they had never noticed was in danger of breaking. ?I?m...

    In I?m Telling the Truth, But I?m Lying, Bassey Ikpi tells her life-story of growing up with an increasingly splintered mind, from the early days of living in Nigeria and being confused at the turmoil within, to the growing fear in losing control and being hospitalised for ?sever...

    ?People like to use the metaphor of darkness when it comes to depression. My experience is more like a fog. A thing descending slowly. A thick something that surrounds me, distorting my vision of myself and the world around me? Bassey Ikpi lays it all out with vivid imagery and ...

    It's been a bad day so I wept through the second half. Felt her fear, frustration, and exhaustion in the psych ward while listening with deep anxiety. Triggering if your psych ward/hospital experience(s) has/have ever been traumatic. The lead up to her suicide attempt and subsequent ho...

    ?This brain feels broken sometimes.? ...

  • Yaasmeen Piper
    Aug 03, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

    Ikpi writes: My family spent years looking at me and not knowing that I was not okay. When they saw how bad the ?not okay? could get, they rushed to treat me like glass. Not something broken - like I felt - but something they had never noticed was in danger of breaking. ?I?m...

    In I?m Telling the Truth, But I?m Lying, Bassey Ikpi tells her life-story of growing up with an increasingly splintered mind, from the early days of living in Nigeria and being confused at the turmoil within, to the growing fear in losing control and being hospitalised for ?sever...

    ?People like to use the metaphor of darkness when it comes to depression. My experience is more like a fog. A thing descending slowly. A thick something that surrounds me, distorting my vision of myself and the world around me? Bassey Ikpi lays it all out with vivid imagery and ...

    It's been a bad day so I wept through the second half. Felt her fear, frustration, and exhaustion in the psych ward while listening with deep anxiety. Triggering if your psych ward/hospital experience(s) has/have ever been traumatic. The lead up to her suicide attempt and subsequent ho...

    ?This brain feels broken sometimes.? ...

    Review to come! ...

    Whew. This book was so beautifully written. Ikpi's voice is so unique. Her metaphors and her way she goes in and out of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person makes it feel as if you are breaking with her. I'm looking forward to this book being released into the world. ...

  • Kécy Anosike
    Aug 24, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

    Ikpi writes: My family spent years looking at me and not knowing that I was not okay. When they saw how bad the ?not okay? could get, they rushed to treat me like glass. Not something broken - like I felt - but something they had never noticed was in danger of breaking. ?I?m...

  • Liese
    Sep 07, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

    Ikpi writes: My family spent years looking at me and not knowing that I was not okay. When they saw how bad the ?not okay? could get, they rushed to treat me like glass. Not something broken - like I felt - but something they had never noticed was in danger of breaking. ?I?m...

    In I?m Telling the Truth, But I?m Lying, Bassey Ikpi tells her life-story of growing up with an increasingly splintered mind, from the early days of living in Nigeria and being confused at the turmoil within, to the growing fear in losing control and being hospitalised for ?sever...

    ?People like to use the metaphor of darkness when it comes to depression. My experience is more like a fog. A thing descending slowly. A thick something that surrounds me, distorting my vision of myself and the world around me? Bassey Ikpi lays it all out with vivid imagery and ...

    It's been a bad day so I wept through the second half. Felt her fear, frustration, and exhaustion in the psych ward while listening with deep anxiety. Triggering if your psych ward/hospital experience(s) has/have ever been traumatic. The lead up to her suicide attempt and subsequent ho...

    ?This brain feels broken sometimes.? ...

    Review to come! ...

    Whew. This book was so beautifully written. Ikpi's voice is so unique. Her metaphors and her way she goes in and out of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person makes it feel as if you are breaking with her. I'm looking forward to this book being released into the world. ...

    This book gave me a panic attack. It hit a little close to home and there were so many scenes that resonated with me. I think she is strong for putting this out there. This is the true face of mental illness. This is what it feels like, what it's like to live with, what it's like to fi...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me an ARC at BEA 2019, in return for an honest review. Also, thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy. This collection of essays show Bassey Ikpi over the course of several decades, from her childhood moving to the U.S. from Nigeria, to t...

    Bassey?s writing is so fearless. You?ll find yourself wanting to protect her while rooting for her to save herself. She paints a picture of a ?broken? brain without ever making herself a victim and owning her actions. I breezed through this book even though the content was heav...

    It was beautiful and poetic, but heartbreaking to read. I loved the raw honesty and the way the author was able to pierce my heart while reading. There were some chapters that I ended up skimming because I felt that they lost me midway through. I recognize that this is someone's own pe...

  • Shannon Wright
    Jun 18, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

  • Jocelyne Kevine
    Jun 17, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

  • Saitonne
    Aug 20, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

  • Viral
    Jun 02, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

    Ikpi writes: My family spent years looking at me and not knowing that I was not okay. When they saw how bad the ?not okay? could get, they rushed to treat me like glass. Not something broken - like I felt - but something they had never noticed was in danger of breaking. ?I?m...

    In I?m Telling the Truth, But I?m Lying, Bassey Ikpi tells her life-story of growing up with an increasingly splintered mind, from the early days of living in Nigeria and being confused at the turmoil within, to the growing fear in losing control and being hospitalised for ?sever...

    ?People like to use the metaphor of darkness when it comes to depression. My experience is more like a fog. A thing descending slowly. A thick something that surrounds me, distorting my vision of myself and the world around me? Bassey Ikpi lays it all out with vivid imagery and ...

    It's been a bad day so I wept through the second half. Felt her fear, frustration, and exhaustion in the psych ward while listening with deep anxiety. Triggering if your psych ward/hospital experience(s) has/have ever been traumatic. The lead up to her suicide attempt and subsequent ho...

    ?This brain feels broken sometimes.? ...

    Review to come! ...

    Whew. This book was so beautifully written. Ikpi's voice is so unique. Her metaphors and her way she goes in and out of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person makes it feel as if you are breaking with her. I'm looking forward to this book being released into the world. ...

    This book gave me a panic attack. It hit a little close to home and there were so many scenes that resonated with me. I think she is strong for putting this out there. This is the true face of mental illness. This is what it feels like, what it's like to live with, what it's like to fi...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me an ARC at BEA 2019, in return for an honest review. Also, thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy. This collection of essays show Bassey Ikpi over the course of several decades, from her childhood moving to the U.S. from Nigeria, to t...

  • Chevonne Thomas
    Aug 29, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...

    Such beautiful writing and such a necessary story that needs to be told. A raw account of what it looks like to manage an illness that so many don?t understand, but which they will hopefully know more about after they read this. Bassey is a warrior and I am in awe of her strength and...

    Wow. This was intense. The writing is amazing. The essays really put the reader in the place of not just better understanding bipolar II, but also give a sense, a feeling, of what it is like to live with this illness. A must read. ...

    Ikpi writes: My family spent years looking at me and not knowing that I was not okay. When they saw how bad the ?not okay? could get, they rushed to treat me like glass. Not something broken - like I felt - but something they had never noticed was in danger of breaking. ?I?m...

    In I?m Telling the Truth, But I?m Lying, Bassey Ikpi tells her life-story of growing up with an increasingly splintered mind, from the early days of living in Nigeria and being confused at the turmoil within, to the growing fear in losing control and being hospitalised for ?sever...

    ?People like to use the metaphor of darkness when it comes to depression. My experience is more like a fog. A thing descending slowly. A thick something that surrounds me, distorting my vision of myself and the world around me? Bassey Ikpi lays it all out with vivid imagery and ...

    It's been a bad day so I wept through the second half. Felt her fear, frustration, and exhaustion in the psych ward while listening with deep anxiety. Triggering if your psych ward/hospital experience(s) has/have ever been traumatic. The lead up to her suicide attempt and subsequent ho...

    ?This brain feels broken sometimes.? ...

    Review to come! ...

    Whew. This book was so beautifully written. Ikpi's voice is so unique. Her metaphors and her way she goes in and out of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person makes it feel as if you are breaking with her. I'm looking forward to this book being released into the world. ...

    This book gave me a panic attack. It hit a little close to home and there were so many scenes that resonated with me. I think she is strong for putting this out there. This is the true face of mental illness. This is what it feels like, what it's like to live with, what it's like to fi...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me an ARC at BEA 2019, in return for an honest review. Also, thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy. This collection of essays show Bassey Ikpi over the course of several decades, from her childhood moving to the U.S. from Nigeria, to t...

    Bassey?s writing is so fearless. You?ll find yourself wanting to protect her while rooting for her to save herself. She paints a picture of a ?broken? brain without ever making herself a victim and owning her actions. I breezed through this book even though the content was heav...

    It was beautiful and poetic, but heartbreaking to read. I loved the raw honesty and the way the author was able to pierce my heart while reading. There were some chapters that I ended up skimming because I felt that they lost me midway through. I recognize that this is someone's own pe...

    "I know that when the sun casts a certain shadow on the cracked concrete sidewalk, that somewhere, in some past I can't fully access, there was a heart that broke and leaked and ran into those cracks." There is something beautifully heartbreaking about the journey this book takes yo...

    Beautiful honest poetic funny tragic writing. I hope she writes a follow-up about the man and the child, what came after the hospital breakdown, which is treated quite enigmatically at the end of this book. But pouring all the emotions and intensity into that as well might be too much ...

    A lyrical, raw, painfully truthful, and worthwhile glimpse into the author's mental illness struggles. Sometimes hard in places to listen to, but recommend as an audio book since Ikpi is a spoken word artist and the impact of her words come through in her delivery. ...

    I was already really curious about this memoir when I saw two of my favorite writers?Kiese Laymon and Samantha Irby?say really nice things about it, including these phrases: ?I want to scream my joy,? ?momentous art object,? and ?human miracle? (!). Bassey Ikpi is a poe...

    Brave Reading this book has been exhausting and I mean that in the most humane way possible. To clarify, if it was exhausting to read my heart breaks imagining how it must be to exist in this world with all of this happening in your head. How brave to share it, how strong to survive...

  • Smileitsjoy (JoyMelody)
    Jun 03, 2019

    Look, I've been reading Bassey Ikpi's work for a smooth ten years, thanks to the Internet. She's been a vital voice for so many of us who live with neurodivergence, throughout our darkest moments, whispering for us to allow ourselves morning. She's even mentioned by name in Freshwater!...

    I have never read a memoir quite like this. Such powerful prose, almost poetic in how it engaged not just my mind but also my soul. I could not put this down - it just held on to me and I ripped through in two evenings. While I haven't experienced much of what Bassey Ikpi has, she tell...

    I started reading this the day I got my ARC from the publishers, and I had a hard time putting it down to do basic things like eat and sleep and breathe. This was such an incredible memoir, with Bassey Ikpi being as upfront about her lack of memories as is possible to be. I thought she...

    I was simply storing up my tears, I would need them later. Somehow I knew this. I am speechless and in tears after reading Bassey Ikpi's I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying . Reading this collection of deeply personal essays was like picking up your best friend's well written di...

    This is a searing, lyrical piece of work: Bassey Ikpi started her career as a poet, and it shows as she finds music in heartbreaking moments. There are lines that will make you laugh out loud (?I still hate yoga, it?s like a game of Simon Says that no one ever wins?) and descript...

    What can I say about a book that touched my soul so deeply? First, Ikpi's experience with mental illness and difficult family dynamics allowed me a path to think about my own life and how my mental illness has impacted me. There were times that I literally had to put the book down beca...

    Heartbreakingly honest, navigating these experiences, this life of pain and yet love lingers in every memory in some way. Such a penetrating insight into her world. A necessary read. Also, it made me cry ...

    Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Bassey Ikpi for signing my copy! I thought this was a phenomenal read. Bassey Ikpi has beautifully written her story about her experiences with mixed-episode bipolar disorder. She tells a st...

    I don?t know when I started following Bassey on Twitter or even why, but one day she tweeted that her book was coming out and I replied that I would buy it. She thanked me and that was that. I jotted down the title and told myself that I would order it soon. That very week my daughte...

    Bassey Ikpi takes readers deep into the desperately spiraling path her mind takes as she poetically puts into words living with bipolar II. Manic texts and emails to family and friends, comatose states of sleeplessness, a restlessness that requires laps around city blocks, negotiating ...

    ?only a woman so small and wise could give birth to herself so many times? That was the last sentence in the ?prologue? of Bassey Ikpi?s book (set to release this coming August). That sentence struck a chord with me and I knew that this collection of essays was going to be ...