His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina Paperback – Feb 8 2000
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Like Kurt Cobain, Nick Traina lived for punk rock (his bands made two CDs, Gift Before I Go and 17 Reasons), succumbed to heroin addiction, and died of suicide. His mom, Danielle Steel, takes us through her 19 twister-like years with Nick in a memoir more affecting than her potboiler novels. Like his AWOL addict father, Nick had good looks, bad behavior, and a yen for the feminine. Five days before he died, he phoned a woman he saw in a centerfold and had a new girlfriend by nightfall. But his fun was ever haunted by manic depression. At age 11, he was a bed wetter who ate all the Tylenol and Sudafed in the house. He first considered suicide at 13, as Steel learned by reading his diaries after his death.
There is tension in this story--one doctor told Steel if she could get Nick to live to 30, he'd probably live a normal life span. (For example, Nick's troubled dad resurfaced, sober, soon after his son's death.) And Steel conveys a sense of the intelligence Nick used to conceal his learning disability, and the irreverent charm that alternated with irrational rages. Oliver Sacks has urged us not to ask what neurological disease a person has, but what sort of person the disease has got hold of. Steel gives us a vivid sense of the costs of the disease to a family--and of the person who was Nick Traina. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
From a precocious childhood to his suicide at age 19, Nick Traina's life was a hellish roller coaster of impulsive and self-destructive behavior caused primarily by manic depression. Steel (The Long Road Home, Audio Reviews, LJ 10/1/98) painstakingly details Nick's frequent school suspensions, his wild swings of emotion, his attempts at success as a punk rocker, and the various treatments she sought in a futile effort to allow the second of her nine children to enjoy a normal life. While the renowned romance novelist is at times melodramatic and the pace is sometimes hampered by the inclusion of lengthy letters and poems, this is a compelling and surprisingly objective portrait of the devastating effects of mental illness. Steel's immense popularity will place this in demand, but it will also be of interest to young adults and those interested in personal accounts of manic depression.?Susan McCaffrey, Haslett H.S., MI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Nick abosbed languages early and was fluent in Spanish and Italian before he was three. He made fine distinctions in language and this was apparent in his refusal to learn French. For some reason, Nick never liked French and objected strenuously to hearing it spoken in his presence.
I loved Nick's strong stand on everything. He refused to wear certain things ("that has a giraffe on it! You expect me to wear that! ") and showed a maturity that one does not readily associate with toddlers.
Problems showed up early in Nick's life. Slow to toilet train, Nick wet and soiled himself and the bathtub until he was four. Pictures were done in harsh, black crayon. Nick showed sexual precocity by pinching women's bottoms and talking in quite an adult sounding manner about "loving the ladies." This from a pre-schooler!
Nick's flair for the original marked his entire, short life. He methodically collected and sorted baseball cards, he loved lip synching in costume at his school's annual show, he loved writing poetry and singing.Read more ›
this book. I read most of it. At times, I felt I couldnt finish
reading it, because the pain described by Danielle Steel is so real.
God Bless her for writing it.
I felt more heartbroken about Nick
than any woman who broke my heart in the past. I think the phrase
"brilliant mind, heart of gold, and tortured soul" sums up a
lot of it. It's amazing to describe so much in those few words.
I've research bipolar very extensively since accepting it almost
two years ago. I felt this book hit me hardest in terms of emotional
Danielle Steele's phrases, "Fly well my darling
boy, till we meet again" and one about this not being the book I
planned to write and dedicate for you brought tears to my eyes.
With a bit more depth, this story might have been a truly great and helpful narrative of a tragic figure, and might have been of immense assistance to those with similar children who would wish to attempt to prevent the same fate from befalling their child. Perhaps the author can re-look at the events of Nick Triana's life in several years, after the understandable pain of his death has more time to heal, and write a revised and more insightful edition.
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Such a great book about her son...so sad to lose a child so young...I just cried and cried RIP NickPublished 3 months ago by Peggy Johnson
Quick shipping - item as described. Would purchase from this seller again. Thank you!!Published 7 months ago by Shelley Lanki
This book is amazing for any parent going through difficulties with their children - it can happen to anyone in any walk of life. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Jamieson
Amazing, so close to home and so inspiring. Would be interesting to meed this lady who writes so wondferrfully well and with such passion and understanding.Published 22 months ago by dolittle
I would tell everyone about it I am not a person of a lot of words so you will have to except that or nothingPublished on Dec 21 2013 by veronica alleyne
Clearly, Nick Traina was intelligent and articulate at a very early age and, even as a toddler, his mother knew he was different. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2006 by Tami C Ryan
I admit it. I've never read a Danielle Steel book. I've never been interested enough, although I know many people who rave about her. Read morePublished on May 16 2004 by Eric K.
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