Fall To Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock â€˜nâ€™ Roll, and Mental Illness–the critically acclaimed gripping memoir written by Mary Forsberg Weiland with Larkin Warren–will be released in paperback December 7th via It Books/HarperCollins Publishers (list price $14.99).
In Fall To Pieces, Mary–mother, model, bipolar disorder survivor and recovering drug addict–reveals the extreme highs and lows of her life with refreshing candor and unflinching detail. She beautifully tells the story of her life, including her longtime relationship with ex-husband, Stone Temple Pilots/former Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland. In Fall To Pieces, Mary offers a window into the world of modeling and rock â€˜nâ€™ roll, while at the same time providing deep insights into the drug and alcohol addictions that could have killed her, and her serious and misunderstood mental illness.
Mary felt it was important to share her story, despite fears of how revealing her personal battles might affect her family. She explains her reason for writing Fall To Pieces and why she felt bipolar disorder was an important subject to address: â€œI reject the stigma that the words â€˜mental illnessâ€™ carry and I’d love to be a part of the movement to eliminate it. After my bipolar diagnosis, I read countless books on the subject. I had a difficult time connecting to them because my story often lacked the intense mania that so many people struggle with.â€
While the holidays are a joyous time of year for many, they can also be especially difficult for those who suffer from mental illness or depression. Mary hopes that Fall To Pieces may help provide some understanding, laughter, and insight for those struggling with similar demons. â€œThe holidays can be an emotionally taxing and lonely time. My biggest dream for Fall To Pieces was that others might find the strength and a little bit of that light that lifted me from my darkness. I have received an overwhelming response from so many readers who were able to connect with this story. The dialogue weâ€™ve shared over the last months has been one of my most cherished gifts. Thanks to the many who have discovered it, the book has a life I never could have imagined. Itâ€™s humbling and inspiring.â€
Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of â€œLovelineâ€ and â€œCelebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,â€ and author of The Mirror Effect and Cracked, has noted: “Mary Weiland’s beautifully crafted memoir takes the reader through the journey that is so very common today, the slow drift into addiction and mental illness. Fall to Pieces is perhaps the most vivid rendition of this experience I have ever come across. Honest, clear, and accurate, Mary takes us into the reality of a world that is idealized in the tabloids. I have always loved Mary and Scott Weiland, but never more than now.â€
Here a sample of the critical praise for Fall To Pieces:
â€œâ€¦a harrowing story of addiction and mental illness.â€
–People Magazine, November 9, 2009
â€œâ€¦a worthy addition to the rock canon.â€
–Maureen Callahan, New York Post, November 15, 2009
â€œFor all the death and devastation detailed in its pages, the book is surprisingly funny.”
–Dean Goodman, Reuters, November 24, 2009
“…she chronicles her extraordinary life with equal shades of whimsy, humor, honesty and hope. From an international modeling career and her marriage to legendary Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland to struggles with mental illness and addiction, Mary has crafted a poignant and essential portrait of growing up. It’s impossible not to identify with many of the moments in this tomeâ€”some heartbreaking, some hilarious, all real. It’s easily one of the most powerful books you will read this year.”
–Rick Florino, Artistdirect.Com, November 19, 2009
Mary is currently studying for her certification in drug and alcohol counseling with a focus on co-occurring disorders at Loyola Marymount University.
For more information on Fall To Pieces, go to: http://falltopiecesthebook.com.