Author Event - Highest of Highs to Lowest of Lows: My Battles With Bipolar Disorder. with Michael Kinyanjui

Join Michael Kinyanjui Saturday, January 27th at 7:30 for a reading, discussion and signing of his insightful autobiography, "Highest of Highs to Lowest of Lows: My Battles With Bipolar Disorder."

Throughout adolescence and early adulthood, the demons that had taken up residence inside Michael Kinyanjui’s head hijacked his behavior. He had been a well-adjusted and only mildly mischievous child, but as a young man he unexpectedly yelled profanities at his boss, racked up a $30,000 debt in a reckless spending spree, and late one night intentionally wrecked his pickup truck in a high-speed crash, leading to his arrest. His erratic actions baffled him as much as they perplexed his family members and friends. 

Michael was 23 years old before he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The diagnosis itself brought him a measure of reassurance, knowing at last a reason for his unpredictable behavior.

After medical treatment restored stability in Michael’s life, he began the introspective process of documenting his 10-year journey through hell and his subsequent recovery. That narrative constitutes Michael’s first book, “Highest of Highs to Lowest of Lows: My Battles With Bipolar Disorder,” a gritty, brutally honest account describing the anguish that he endured. This insightful autobiographical work can help improve understanding of how bipolar disorder affects behavior. More importantly, Michael hopes it will encourage people puzzled about their emotions and behavior to seek professional help.

Michael Kinyanjui was born in December 1993 in Kenya, where he survived typhoid and three bouts of malaria. He, his brother and his sister lived with their parents in a small town in an agricultural area where the most prevalent crops were corn and tea. After attending a school administered by Catholic nuns from Great Britain, Michael emigrated at age 11 to the United States with his family. They settled in Woodland, California. Michael went on to attend California State University, Sacramento and plans to resume his college studies, with the goal of a career as a writer or teacher — or both.

 


 

Event date: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
The Avid Reader
617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616