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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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07/25/2008 Archived Entry: "Book Review: Confessions of a Bi-Polar Mardi Gras Queen"

Confessions of Bi-Polar Mardi Gras Queen
Written by Marie Etienne
Published by Alluvium Books
ISBN-10: 0-9748474-1-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-974847-1-2

Review by Linda Yau

Several things to point out, one, Confessions of a Bi-Polar Mardi Gras Queen is a memoir. Two, this is a sequel to the author's previous memoir, Storkbites. Three, this is a prepub copy that I managed to read, publication date for this book is not going to be released until February 2009. Ginger picked up this prepub at BookExpo 2008. Last point is that this is a book that is filled with short episodic chapters with interesting anecdotes on life lessons learned and what a refreshing read this is.

While it is not necessary to read the previous book, it does paint a fuller picture on the life of Marie Etienne. She is a single mother of two and currently lives in California with two sons, her memoirs reveal a lot of her personal life on growing up, the emotional abuse and neglect that she has gone through.

This book is filled with the author's musings on her failed relationships, her relationships with her sons, her personal trials and what routes she has taken to obtain a sense of personal satisfaction. The author has bipolar affective mood disorder, so this is a good read for people wanting to understand a narrative from of a person who has this disorder.

As a follow up memoir, in Confessions of a Bi-Polar Mardi Gras Queen, there is frequent mention of the first book, with the author musing about the consequences of the first book. Such as this follow up is a publication from her own publishing company, when the previous publisher had went out of business and as publicity for her first book, she handed out copies of her first book for free at a book expo. This is a narrative experience for all self-starting authors to know about the experiences from a fellow author.

The pacing of this book is not at all linear, the author jumps around within different episodes from flashback to current times. The author also employs a colloquial tone and this reads like a conversational blog, a light reading to be enjoyed while traveling on the subway or else where I should say. Each episode ends with a lesson that is learned by the author and what growth there can be reflected upon by the reader. I was quite amused when I read of a time that Marie tried to be a female handyman enlisting the help of a friend as well, to when I was quite concern for her to not get into that past relationship again. I am sure that other people will enjoy reading this book as much as I did.

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