kelly green - from the heart
An eye opening journey written by a remarkable woman as she opens her heart and shares her life. Jacqueline Cioffa takes you by the hand and guides you through her experience. Leaving nothing out, she points out the highs, the lows, and the middle. The wonderful world she lived in until it crashed, surrounding her with confusion and hurt as she struggles to understand why. From a place of safety she re-learns how to face each day, each moment of life as it comes at her.I came away with a new understanding of mental illness, and just how invisible it presents itself. How daily life throws obstacles at you that no one else can see or feel. How your own brain can turn a simple task into a mountain that you have to struggle to climb. You should read The Red Bench to learn about yourself. And those around you.
JLP In a word... WOW!
I loved this book. I loved reading her experience, ways she coped and just her personal tragedy to triumph again. Suffering myself from bipolar disorder, I can't tell you how relatable the book was. This book needs to be read by everyone who suffers with mental illness or love someone with it. This was one of the best if not THE best book, a memoir of her life with bipolar, out today and needs to be read.Standing O, Jackie.
A riveting review of a beautiful mind
I am a huge fan of Jacqueline, in my opinion she is one of the most fascinating and inspiring people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Her prior works are on constant loan from my personal library - I am a huge fan. The Red Bench is in a class by itself. An immersive deep dive into not just her mind , but her amazing soul. Normally I’m a voracious reader - I thought a good weekend at the beach and I would be finished with this latest read- not so. I find myself reviewing and re-reading and LIVING through her powerful writing. Her vivid, intimate words reveal her struggles and life living with bipolar disorder- for me especially touching as I’ve always thought she and I have such similar personalities- what truly separates any of us? Thank you for sharing your beautiful mind with all of us. You are such a gift.
David Susman PhD
The raw and real experience of mental illness
In "The Red Bench," Jacqueline Cioffa provides a raw, real and painfully honest description of her battles with bipolar disorder. As a clinical psychologist, I have had years of experience as a mental health provider and as an advocate. I can say with assurance that The Red Bench is perhaps the most eloquent first-person account of mental illness I have ever read. Cioffa's narrative is both lyrical and disturbing, showing the full burden of her struggle, while also offering hope and inspiration for brighter days to come. I was deeply moved. Highly recommended.
"It is the mark of a true poet, a writer for the times, a soul breaking and beckoning love, to be able to take a little slice of the world's darkest tragedies and write them as if they were light. To everyone who would never think to pick up a memoir about mental illness, because everyone should not only pick this memoir up and read it cover to cover, but they should also pass it along to every friend and family member they have." - Nicole Lyons, Author of THE LITHIUM CHRONICLES
"The magic of Cioffa's work shines its light on the power of the written word." - Julie Davidow, American Contemporary Artist, co-author of Miami Contemporary Artists
"I was always impressed by how courageous a writer Jacqueline is. Keep writing your fine prose." - Mark Blickley, Author of THE SACRED MISFITS
"I am grateful for the courage Jackie gifts others with in sharing her personal journey, tragedies and triumphs. I have shared much of my battle with depression in my writing over the years, but in no way with the poignancy, immediacy, and transparency with which Jackie serves up in this vital biography. I strongly recommend this as a must read for anyone struggling with mental health challenges." - Dennis McHale, Author of THE WINTER BITES MY BONES
"In "The Red Bench," Jacqueline Cioffa provides a raw, real and painfully honest description of her battles with bipolar disorder. As a clinical psychologist, I have had years of experience as a mental health provider and as an advocate. I can say with assurance that The Red Bench is perhaps the most eloquent first-person account of mental illness I have ever read. Cioffa's narrative is both lyrical and disturbing, showing the full burden of her struggle, while also offering hope and inspiration for brighter days to come." - David T. Susman, PhD
"There's nobody that (mental illness) excludes. It didn't matter that I worked for the best designers in the world. It didn't matter that I had a lot of money or that I was living in Paris or Milan — none of that mattered. It doesn't discriminate." – Cioffa (Megan Ehrhart- The Citizen)
As Seen On Bridge Street: Auburn Native’s New Memoir On Mental Illness“The Red Bench” is a dark deep and brutally honest portrait of her struggle. “I wanted it to be, besides being a lifeline to sanity for me, it was a message of hope and resilience.”
"There are 46 million people living with this disease, and suicide is becoming more and more prevalent in our society," said author Jacqueline Cioffa. "I just want people who may be alone and suffering through this, [to know] there is help." – Cioffa (Briana Smith, Spectrum News Central New York)
Steve spoke with author Jacqueline Cioffa about her upcoming memoir, THE RED BENCH: A DESCENT AND ASCENT INTO MADNESS, advocacy and raising mental health awareness, suicide prevention, and ending the stigma.