Lights On, Rats Out

Lights On, Rats Out A Harrowing, Beautiful, Searching, And Deeply Literary Memoir In These Pages, We Watch Cree LeFavour Evolve From A Wounded And Wounding Lost Girl To A Woman Who Can At Last Regard Her Existence With A Modicum Of Mercy And Forgivenessa Story Of True Self Salvation And Transformation Elizabeth GilbertAs A Young College Graduate A Year Into Treatment With A Psychiatrist, Cree LeFavour S Began To Organize Her Days Around The Cruel, Compulsive Logic Of Self Harm With Each Newly Lit Cigarette, The World Would Drop Away As Her Focus Narrowed To An Unblemished Patch Of Skin Calling Out For Attention And The Fierce, Blooming Release Of Pleasure Pain As The Burning Tip Was Applied To The Skin Her Body Was A Canvas Of Cruelty Each Scar A Mark Of Pride And Shame.In Sharp And Shocking Language, Lights On, Rats Out Brings Us Closely Into These Years, Allowing Us To Feel The Pull Of A Stark Compulsion Taking Over A Mind We See The World As Cree Did Turned Upside Down, The Richness Of Life Muted And Dulled, Its Pleasures Perverted The Heady, Vertiginous Thrill Of Meeting With Her Psychiatrist, Dr X Whose Relationship With Cree Is At Once Sustaining And Paralyzing Comes To Be The Only Bright Spot In Her Mental Solitude.Her Extraordinary Access To And Inclusion Of The Notes Kept By Dr X During Treatment Offer Concrete Evidence Of Cree S Transformation Over 3 Years Of Therapy But It Is Her Own Evocative And Razor Sharp Prose That Traces A Path From A Lonely And Often Sad Childhood To Her Reluctant Commitment To And Emergence From A Psychiatric Hospital, To The Saving Refuge Of Literature And Eventual Acceptance Of Love Moving Deftly Between The Dialogue And Observations From Psychiatric Records And Elegant, Incisive Reflection On Youth And Early Adulthood, Lights On, Rats Out Illuminates A Fiercely Bright And Independent Woman S Charged Attachment To A Mental Health Professional And The Dangerous Compulsion To Keep Him In Her Life At All Costs.

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  • Hardcover
  • 244 pages
  • Lights On, Rats Out
  • Cree LeFavour
  • 05 September 2018
  • 9780802125965

10 thoughts on “Lights On, Rats Out

  1. says:

    This was also published at my blog, the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography Regular readers know that I ve been seeing a therapist for the last couple of years, which started as a free side benefit of a coding bootcamp I attended in 2015 but that I ve since expanded into her private practice, simply because I find the process very rewarding from an intellectual standpoint And so that naturally has me reading a lot of process books about the act of therapy itself, one of the reasons I ve become so enad with the work of Irvin Yalom recently so when I came across an opportunity to read through Cree LeFavour s Lights On, Rats Out, needless to say that I snatched it up quickly.In actuality a true memoir, but a book that I thought was a fictional novel while I was reading it, both because of its narrative three act focused prose and just the sometimes outrageous nature of its plot, it concentrates mostly on LeFavour s remembrances of experiencing transference with her own therapist earlier in her youth, at a point in her life when she was compulsively burning herself with cigarettes and was eventually admitted to a psychiatric hospital because of her inability to stop And in fact, despite the book delving into all kinds of other issues her depression, her childhood being raised by famous intellectual hippies, etc , it s the subject of transference that turns out to be the way most interesting for while we typi...

  2. says:

    DNF 50%Maybe I was simply not in the mood for self indulgent rambling but I found it really hard to keep interested in Lights On, Rats Out by Cree LeFavour and her history She describes her family as being wealthy, fortunate, able to live, travel and buy whatever they wanted Her parents enjoyed the vivid, drug infused lives of the 1970 s, at one point living in Aspen as neighbours of Hunter S Thompson When LeFavour was a teenager, the family moved, and her parents abandoned her and her sister to their own devices Their father found another life in California, and their mother preferred to spend time outside of the house, living with neighbours and developing lesbian relationships She believes these are the reason she developed bulimia, then while in therapy, fell in love with her therapist and punished herself for the unrequited love by burning herself with cigarettes I left her story during her stay in a mental hospital when she could not keep herself from self harm LeFavour wears her dysfunction as a badge, the same way she wears her love for literature and dead authors as a badge She frequently references quotes from novels, as well as Freud and Jung as ...

  3. says:

    When I first began reading this memoir by Cree LeFavour titled, Lights On, Rats Out it became so utterly brutal, describing how she would go through her ritual of self harming, almost without preamble that I wasn t really prepared for it I considered quitting the book, something I rarely do as it had unsettled me so much, but I put it aside for the day and gave it some thought After deciding that it had just struck a personal nerve, I decided to give it another try, and I m glad I did The book is so beautifully written, and she works so hard to make changes in herself, understanding how her early days and lack of parenting affected her Having read quite a lot about similar areas during my life, I thought I was fairly well read on the topics But this book surely enlightened me a whole lot further I applaud the author for so bravely and beautifully sharing her story that will surely help others that are thinking about getting help, but maybe don t know what to expect You are certainly a...

  4. says:

    To be honest, I d give it a 3 because I just liked it But I m bumping it a star to make up for the ridiculous other ratings It s rubbish that other commenters have found FAULT with the character author s back story Here s the simple matter if you re someone who regularly critiques films or literature for being about white people problems or middle class anxiety , don t bother reading this book For the rest of you slightly sane lot IE those of you who don t possess the sort of self loathing and guilt for yourselves being middle class assuming that your Goodreads account is a pretty good indication of your belonging to such a group , go ahead and read on If you enjoyed Jenny Lawson s Furiously Happy, you might be interested in this book I think it does a fantastic job of exploring mental illness and is an intricate, raw self portrait of a woman who suffers deep psychological trauma I commend LeFavour for her...

  5. says:

    I had no clue what I was getting into when I started reading this book I had requested it from the library, so there was something in the description that drew me to it, but by the time it arrived, I had forgotten it was a book I d requested.As I began reading I was immediately aware of something very familiar in this story of Cree LeFavour and her journey through mental illness, or if not through it, learning to live with it I don t think it ever really goes away, but if you re lucky and are blessed with the right therapist and psychiatrist, you are given the tools to manage it You also need a very strong will to live.I came upon a paragraph towards the end of the book with a few sentences that I silently said yes to The author was describing her psychiatrist who was also her analyst, and her afterthoughts about why he put her in a psychiatric hospital I have no regrets, even though part of my identity now includes a stint in a psychiatric hospital I m now forever ins...

  6. says:

    Lefavour is a strong writer, and I was often engrossed in this book, but I think she over relies on medical records they are boring to read, and it appears some dialogue is taken from the doctors record of their sessions, written verbatim in the book, which feels stiff Aside from that, the memoir feel...

  7. says:

    This is a highly analytic memoir about the author s psychological treatment, diagnoses, and behaviour Her main behaviours are burning herself and purging She also often quotes scholars in the field to support her thoughts A number of obsessions burden her As such this book is unlikely to appeal to many people It is, however, very well written and is brutally honest Not having any of these behaviours myself, I nevertheless stuck with it mainly out of curiosity What motivates someone to hurt themselves in this way How can extreme pain become a pleasure, a source of addiction, and or a release Can therapy help this condition s The first third of the book was very interesting but it was a bit of a slog after that I thought anoth...

  8. says:

    Cree LeFavour takes us on a dark and twisted journey into an unusual period of her life where her mental health led her to self mutilation Her wit, poeticism, and sense of humor about her struggle with mental health make...

  9. says:

    Overwritten, repetitive, wordy memoir littered with unnecessarily pretentious literary references See my other ten word book reviews at my blog

  10. says:

    If you ve never waded into the morass of self destruction, this book might tell you something new But if you have, you know the drill In this memoir, Cree LeFavour chronicles her mental health crisis, beginning at the age of 25 when she sees a psychiatrist for the first time A longtime secret bulimic, LeFavour sees the shrink for help and ends up falling in love with him A classic case of transference, so says Freud and LeFavour, though knowing it doesn t diminish her love for him What follows is an escalating case of self harm as LeFavour grapples with her childhood abandonment and her likely genetic proclivity towards depression, obsession, and compulsion The problem with books about the depressed, obsessed and compulsive is that they are, by the nature of their illness, very boring Perhaps if you have a friend or loved one struggling with self harm or compulsive self destruction, this memoir can shed light onto what it s like to have the same thought over and over The pleasures of ritual and repetition and pain, and the seductive seeming safety of singular thought, can be bewildering to those who ve never dipped their toes in it LeFavour tries to heig...

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