Sunday, February 18, 2018

Book Review: The Kevin Show: Love, Mania, and the Olympics by Mary Pilon

Have you seen the movie, The Truman Show? Well, what if your life was like that. I mean, what if you were the center of a hit TV show, and a director was behind the scenes, pulling the strings, making sure everything goes according to plan? What if your ratings were important? How would you change your behavior? Well, as absurd as this thought game seems, Kevin Hall believed exactly that. He has bipolar, and his has manifested in this distinctly unusual manner.

And Kevin doesn't seem like a typical raving hallucinatory. That's what makes his story so intriguing. He was a top sailing athlete who competed in the Olympics and was on an America's Cup team. In fact, sailing is a fairly dangerous sport if one isn't paying 100% attention 100% of the time, so it's a particularly bad sport to have a team member who hallucinates. In fact, the book begins with an America's Cup practice run in which someone dies.

An intriguing look at a peculiar symptom of a mental illness that is more common than most people realize.

This book is published by Bloomsbury USA, which is distributed by Macmillan, my employer. 

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