By Greg Bottoms
A taut, strong memoir of insanity, Angelhead records the violent, drug-addled descent of the author's brother, Michael, into schizophrenia. starting with Michael's first psychotic break—seeing God in his suburban bed room window whereas excessive on LSD—Greg Bottoms recounts, in gripping, dramatic prose, the weird disappearances, suicide makes an attempt, and the stunning crime that land Michael within the psychiatric wing of a greatest defense legal. a piece of nonfiction with the shape and imagery of a unique, Angelhead permits the reader to witness not just the fragmenting of a brain, yet of a relations as well.
"A tour-de-force memoir. . . . Bottoms writes like a poet, he writes like he's on fire."—Esquire, booklet of the yr, 2000
"Angelhead is a superb, albeit inconceivably unhappy e-book. the truth that Bottoms survived the ordeal is impressive. however the undeniable fact that he may write approximately it with such pathos and perception is not anything below extraordinary."—Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Greg Bottoms has supplied a biographical novel approximately his brother that could be as shut as so much folks will ever get to figuring out what it really is to be actually mad. Angelhead is a narrative approximately as terrifying because the sickness it describes."—Psychology Today
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Angelhead: My Brother's Descent into Madness by Greg Bottoms