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Sleepwalker : The Mysterious Makings and Recovery of a Somnambulist (Hardcover) (Kathleen Frazier)

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Every evening, each of us, alone and in the light of our own circumstances, surrenders to sleepor tries to.Sleep is nothing if not mysterious. A practice in letting go. A measure of trust.Growing up the good girl in an Irish American family full of drinkers and terrible sleepers, Kathleen Frazier was twelve when her seemingly innocent sleepwalking turned dangerous. After her brother’s first suicide attempt, Kathleen’s sleepwalking incidents spiraled into a sort of nighttime mirroring of her brother’s waking pain. By day, she was a popular, A+ student, the star of her high school musical. At night, she both longed for and dreaded sleep.Frazier moved to Manhattan in the 1980s, hoping for a life in the theater. What she got was a run of sleepwalking performances, sometimes with a shocked audience, sometimes solo. Efforts to abate her malady with drinking failed miserably. She became promiscuous looking for nighttime companionship. Could a bed partner save her from flinging herself down a flight of stairs or out an open window? Danger heightened in a city burgeoning with AIDS. Exhaustion stalked her. Through such a dark night of the soul, would she ever find rest, let alone love?This is the journey Frazier illuminates in her intimate memoir, Sleepwalker. While highlighting her quest to beat her sleep terrors and insomnia, this is ultimately a story of health, hope, and redemption.
Sleep is nothing if not mysterious. A practice in letting go. A measure of trust.

Growing up the good girl in an Irish American family full of drinkers and terrible sleepers, Kathleen Frazier was twelve when her seemingly innocent sleepwalking turned dangerous. After her brother?s first suicide attempt, Kathleen?s sleepwalking incidents spiraled into a sort of nighttime mirroring of her brother?s waking pain. By day, she was a popular, A+ student, the star of her high school musical. At night, she both longed for and dreaded sleep.

Frazier moved to Manhattan in the 1980s, hoping for a life in the theater. What she got was a run of sleepwalking performances, sometimes with a shocked audience, sometimes solo. Efforts to abate her malady with drinking failed miserably. She became promiscuous looking for night time companionship. Could a bed partner save her from flinging herself down a flight of stairs or out an open window? Danger heightened in a city burgeoning with AIDS. Exhaustion stalked her. Through such a dark night of the soul, would she ever find rest, let alone love?

This is the journey Frazier illuminates in her intimate memoir, Sleepwalker. While highlighting her quest to beat her sleep terrors and insomnia, this is ultimately a story of health, hope, and redemption.
Number of Pages: 228
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Entertainment + Performing Arts, Personal Memoirs, Women
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Author: Kathleen Frazier
Language: English
Street Date: September 8, 2015
TCIN: 21403496
UPC: 9781634502351
Item Number (DPCI): 247-48-5055

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