Inspiration comes from many avenues. In our WISE Bookshelf feature, members share some of the titles that have encouraged them to think outside of the box, try a new approach or dig down deep for the confidence they needed to make that big decision, or simply allowed them a reprieve from the daily grind. Happy reading!
The Kevin Show: An Olympic Athlete’s Battle With Mental Illness by Mary Pilon
The Kevin Show tells the extraordinarily true story of Kevin Hall, a world-class sailor with bipolar disorder.
Hall experiences what is known as the “Truman Show” delusion, a reference to the Jim Carrey film in which the protagonist believes he is the lead actor in a reality television show. The internal “director” Hall hears leads him to startling and often dangerous episodes, making this book a riveting read.
Mary Pilon, author of The New York Times best-seller The Monopolists, crafts this unique, complicated story with a deft and engaging touch. Her respect for Hall and his family — literally the cast of characters — is stellar.
I recommend this book for anyone interested in appreciating an Olympic athlete’s ultimate competition — managing a complicated, yet rich life.
Indeed, The Kevin Show is a showstopper.
Submitted by: Sue Rodin | NYC Metro | 15+ years professional experience
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