Author Rebecca N. Le Shares Her Struggles With Mental Illness

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New book ‘Sweet and Sour’ bares an honest recollection of mental health and treatments in America and the Asian-American culture.

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Her neat life soon came to an abrupt halt when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Author Rebecca N. Le excelled in school. Her competitive spirit leads her to dream big and achieve higher. But her neat life soon came to an abrupt halt when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Suddenly, everything was not the same again. Her story is chronicled through the pages of “Sweet and Sour.”

The human mind is one of the most fascinating aspects in the human body. It can be brilliant. It can be dull. It can be complicated in all its mysterious workings. Le excelled in all her subjects from elementary to high school. She has a competitive streak that enables her to achieve most of the things she set her eyes on. She graduated as the class salutatorian in her high school, giving a salutatory speech that captivated the audience. But that event was also the start of the many changes in her life. Her parents and friends noticed something strange in her behavior.

She found it hard to sleep. She heard voices and sounds that only made her more anxious. She was also suspicious that someone is out to get her. Painful as it may seem, her parents admitted her in a hospital where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her freshman year at the University of Texas at Austin was tainted by this tragedy. How could she ever get out of there?

“Sweet and Sour” reveals powerful insight and depth. Le hopes to raise awareness about mental health and let readers understand more about disorders that can change the course of one’s path.

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About the Author

As a Vietnamese-American, Rebecca Le grew up very competitive in academics and achievement. She excelled in all subjects from elementary through high school, and was constantly changing her mind about future ambitions. There was one dream, however, that she had always aspired to achieve: authoring a book. But as all books need a story, Le was stumped for a long time on what to write about. Little did she know, the story of her life would prove to be her chance to breakthrough with her first novel and autobiography, “Sweet and Sour.”

Le, 26, is now married and living in Plano, Texas, where she writes full time. She hopes to share the on-going story of her life to raise awareness on mental health, not only in the Asian-American community, but across all cultures and countries worldwide.

Sweet and Sour * by Rebecca N. Le
The Life of a Bipolar Asian-American Woman
Publication Date: March 28, 2014
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 144 pages; 9781493178872
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 144 pages; 9781493178865
e-book; $3.99; 9781493178858

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