Adventures In Manic Depression: Tales of Fine Madness (Paperback)
By Stuart Goldman
“Adventures in Manic Depression” is not a book about manic depression, “although I make no bones that I have been living with this condition since I was nine years old,” says author Stuart Goldman. The book is a collection of Goldman’s work, both fiction and nonfiction, culled from over 40 years of writing for newspapers and magazines, including his coverage of the Menendez brothers and Natalee Holloway murder cases.
The book also features other cases worked on by true-crime reporter Goldman, including “Nothing Personal,” a story of the largest mass-murder in the state of Louisiana. Goldman was the only reporter to ever interview the killer, Michael Owen Perry, who was plotting his murders in groups of 10, because of Perry’s obsession with The Bible—in particular The Ten Commandments. Perry was captured in his motel room in Washington D.C. just moments before he was able to carry out his plan to murder United States Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Conner.
In “Mugs And Thugs,” Goldman profiles mob hit-man Joey Carbone, a sociopath who wound up threatening Goldman’s own life during the course of Goldman’s writing of Carbone’s numerous acts of violence and murder over a 50-year “career.”
In the chapter entitled “The Sweet Science,” Goldman profiles Christian Kick Boxing World Champions, Blinky Rodriguez and his wife, Lilly Urquidez Rodriguez, both of whom are close friends with WND columnist Chuck Norris.
Coupled with darkly humorous stories and memoirs, Goldman says that the book touches on virtually every area of the human psyche. The hardest thing about putting it together, he explains, was finding an order into which to fit the stories. A lifetime professional musician, he compares it to composing a symphony: “It was all about rhythm, timing, when to use a crescendo, and when to let the music (stories) become so soft that you have to strain to hear them. … Ultimately, I was trying to create a mood, more than anything else. … It’s a book that’s going to take the reader into some very dark places, though it’s certainly not without its moments of joy, sadness and dark humor.”
He has dedicated the book to his father, Maurice Goldman, a well-known composer of classical (primarily Yiddish) music, and his mother, Ethel Mann Goldman, who, at age 18, was the youngest flautist in the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra.
“‘Adventures in Manic Depression’ is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Once you start reading this book, you won't be able put it down. (Sometimes I wanted to, but I couldn't!) Stuart Goldman goes behind the scenes and investigates people and places that we might never dare to look at. And we'd be wrong. But it's ok, we don't have to do it. Goldman does it for us. From that homeless man on the street, school yard bullies, to taxi dancers in downtown Los Angeles, then on to a look at our own mortality through the death of a parent. This book is a compilation of articles, investigative pieces, and personal stories that all evoke feelings and passion. I laughed, I cried, and I didn't want the book to end. When Goldman describes something, you feel it, see it, sense it, and are transported there. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!” – Joni, Goodreads, February 2014
About the Author
WND columnist Stuart Goldman has been a journalist, screenwriter and investigative reporter since 1971. During that time period, his writing – both fiction and nonfiction – has found its way into virtually every genre, from true crime to savage humor, short fiction, YA horror novels and investigative journalism, to name only a few. He has also been a professional musician and toured with well-known country and blues artists including Doug Kershaw (“The Rajun’ Cajun”); John Stewart, former member of the Kingston Trio; and Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys. Goldman lives in California.
- Paperback: 436 pages
- Publisher: Shaker Square Press; First Edition (January 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098991741X
- ISBN-13: 978-0989917414
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
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