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Lithium Jesus: A Memoir of Mania
by Charles Monroe-Kane
University of Wisconsin Press, 2020
Cloth: 978-0-299-31000-4 | Paper: 978-0-299-31004-2 | eISBN: 978-0-299-31008-0
Library of Congress Classification PN1990.72.M66A3 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.44028092

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Charles Monroe-Kane is a natural raconteur, and boy, does he have stories to tell. Born into an eccentric Ohio clan of modern hunter-gatherers, he grew up hearing voices in his head. Over a dizzying two decades, he was many things—teenage faith healer, world traveler, smuggler, liberation theologian, ladder-maker, squatter, halibut hanger, grifter, environmental warrior, and circus manager—all the while wrestling with schizophrenia and self-medication.
From Baby Doc’s Haiti to the Czech Velvet Revolution, and from sex, drugs, and a stabbing to public humiliation by the leader of the free world, Monroe-Kane burns through his twenties and several bridges of youthful idealism before finally saying: enough.
In a memoir that blends engaging charm with unflinching frankness, Monroe-Kane gives his testimony of mental illness, drug abuse, faith, and love. By the end of Lithium Jesus there may be a voice in your head, too, saying “Do more, be more, live more. And fear less.”

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