Lithium Jesus: A Memoir Of Mania

Hardcover | September 13, 2016

byCharles Monroe-kane

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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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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 han...

Charles Monroe-Kane has won a Peabody Award for his work as a senior producer and interviewer for the program To the Best of Our Knowledge, broadcast on 220 public radio stations. He has reported for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:152 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:September 13, 2016Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299310000

ISBN - 13:9780299310004

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By the time you get to my age, you’ve experienced fear. A man with a gun. An acid trip gone wrong. A serious car accident. Holding a loved one’s hand in the ICU. But there is something singular about the fear that comes from hearing voices. Voices no one can hear but you.
—excerpt from Lithium Jesus, © The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue
The Voices

The Jesus Years
Summer Camp Salvation
The White Suit
Will the Real Uncle Gunnysack Please Stand Up?
A Crack in an Open Door
Flying Too Close to the Sun

The Movement
A Brand-New Jungle
In the Bush Leagues
Bye-Bye Leather Pants
A Peace Circus Burnout

Romantic at Last
Anchor's Aweigh
Joy's Corduroys versus the Mutoid Waste Company
Eureka: Construction Dust, Novella I in Homage to the Mrs.
The Silver Lining
Eureka: Nothing Closer to a Man Than a Razor Blade, Novella 2 in Homage to the Mrs.
Open for Suggestions
Eureka: A Hail Mary Toss, Novella 3 in Homage to the Mrs.
The Italians

Afterword
Chuck?

Epilogue
A Bunny Floating by on a Balloon Eating a Magic Hot Dog

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“Charles Monroe-Kane has had a more interesting life than anybody you are ever likely to know. . . . An exceptional memoir.”—Books & Beats Show