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Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness Hardcover – Sep 14 2015

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books (Sept. 14 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062346229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062346223
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Favor Hamilton’s story has captured attention because of her work as an escort, but “Fast Girl” is ultimately more interesting for what it says about the psychological demands of high-level sports.” (New Yorker)

“In [FAST GIRL], [Suzy Favor Hamilton]...dishes in detail.” (New York Post)

“...rich clients, secret identities and the Olympics: Suzy Favor Hamilton’s memoir [FAST GIRL] has it all.” (Hollywood Life)

“In her memoir Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From Madness, Favor Hamilton...take[s] ownership of her story and uses it promote awareness of the destructive mental illness that...encouraged her double life.” (Cosmopolitan)

Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness...[is] detailed and vibrant.” (New York Post)

“Hamilton is telling the story her way, with her new memoir, Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From Madness, in which she details with disarming frankness her spiral from “America’s sweetheart” to suicidal sufferer of bipolar disorder.” (Refinery 29)

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Suzy Favor Hamilton was born a fast girl

Constantly in motion, Suzy was a natural athlete with a runner's body and the drive to go ever faster. That drive, and an insatiable need to win, propelled her into the spotlight and swiftly transformed her into the ultimate track-and-field sweetheart.

Wholesome and victorious, she seemed to be the quintessential all-American athlete. She had everything—natural beauty, talent, major endorsements, a seemingly supportive family, three trips to the Olympics representing her country, and a young husband who loved her. But underneath a façade of triumph lay a mind caught in a web of doubt, self-sabotage, and constant anxiety. It wasn't enough to win one race. Suzy had to win them all. And during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Suzy decided that she would rather force herself to collapse than be defeated on the world's stage. Her racing career ended in that moment.

An attempt at normal life in Madison, Wisconsin, was at turns mind-numbingly dull and frightening, as Suzy navigated the responsibilities of holding down a nine-to-five job, caring for her young daughter, and trying to be the wife her husband thought he married. When she struggled on all those fronts, the escape she craved presented itself during a trip to Las Vegas. Vegas represented all the excitement, the rush, and the glamour that Suzy found herself needing more and more. There, in the city of sin, Suzy re-created herself as an in-demand escort, ready to wow her customers with her personality, her amazing body, and her skills. Living a double life, Suzy became more and more reckless in her constant search for a high that always eluded her.

Until one day she discovered that all along she had been running from herself—and the secret pain of an undiagnosed mental illness. Fast Girl is the shocking and inspiring story of a woman's struggle to outrun her demons and finally find peace.

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Insightful look into prostitution more than bi-polar disorder. The book must have been heavily edited to try and make sense of contradictory feelings and explanations. Not a poorly written book, just a lacklustre one with only the sex elements to spice up an otherwise waste of time.
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This was an interesting read for the first 1/2 of the book, and then it dragged on..and on...and on...with a very disappointing ending. Save your money.
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Self absorbed twit!! I know plenty of people that are bi polar and aren't aren't hookers! Her husband is just as much of an idiot he loved the money he brought in & having her in Vegas allowed him to cash in but not have to deal with her crazy ass!!
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Very well done. Hard to believe this is not fictional.....
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A good read and a look into the mind of mental illness.
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