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Check Mates: A Collection of Fiction, Poetry and Artwork About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, by People with OCD [Paperback]

E. I. Muse , Vrinda D Pendred , Richard P Krecker
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11 May 2010
Check Mates is an original collection of fiction and poetry written about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by the people who know best - Obsessive-Compulsives. Split between 'realism' and stories of the 'beyond', there is a diverse range of styles and genres, and a mix of rage, frustration, tears, violence, pain, heartache, subversion,love, strength, metaphysics, philosophy, friendship, hope, and even a bit of humour. And maybe - just maybe - it will knock away a few stereotypes. NOTE: Part of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to OCD charities. Featuring writing by:'Kristen', Rose Gardener, 'Heather', 'Kristyn', Steven Mojsovski, Vrinda Pendred, 'Sad Clown', Laura Power, Laura Chi, Jennifer Abrams, Sharon Meyer, 'Ash', Mark W. Johnson, Beth Barker, E. I. Muse, 'Rich Writer' and Ryan Arroyo Illustrations by Stephen Leaver and Richard Krecker

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Conditional Publications; 1st edition (11 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956452906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956452900
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

VRINDA PENDRED is the author of the YA sci-fi / fantasy series 'The Descendants', now available for Kindle. Book 1 'Mythos' is FREE.

Also available is Vrinda's first novel, 'The Ladder', a story about two friends learning to grow through their difficult childhoods and find the light that lies inside themselves.

Vrinda is a BA Honours graduate in English with Creative Writing from Brunel University in London. Raised in Phoenix, Arizona until she was 16 years old, Vrinda now lives in Hertfordshire, England with her husband and son. In addition to writing, Vrinda also works as an editor and proofreader, and gives private English tuition.

She is also the founder of Conditional Publications, an independent charitable publishing house for writers diagnosed with neurological conditions, whose first publication was 'Check Mates: A Collection of Fiction, Poetry and Artwork about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, by People with OCD', which hit #2 on Amazon of all books on compulsive disorders when it came out in 2010. Vrinda contributed three of her own short stories to the collection, in addition to her role as editor.

You can read her short story 'Black Holes' for free in the online magazine Devilfish Review, here: http://tinyurl.com/bmqpk52

Contact Vrinda at https://www.facebook.com/VrindaPendredAuthor

Visit her official webpage at www.vrindapendred.com

Read about Conditional Publications at www.conditionalpublications.com

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This powerful collection offers readers a rare and intimate glimpse into the minds of those who struggle with OCD. We hope this book contributes to a sense of community for those in their journey with OCD, as well as helps to educate those who want to better understand what it is like to live with OCD. --Ryan & Kristin FitzGerald - Founders, OCDTribe.com

A fascinating and enlightening read, so brave and honest. OCD: I never really knew. And now I'm so glad I do. Thank you for this. --Nia Peeples - Actress, Singer & Writer - Los Angeles, CA

For far too long, OCD has remained largely misunderstood and misrepresented around the world. Stitched together in this collection of fiction and poetry is a literary patchwork of OCD insights, each offering the unique wisdom and intimacy of personal experience. What a wonderful opportunity this book presents readers looking to understand such a complex and multi-faceted disorder!
--Jeff Bell - Author of When in Doubt, Make Belief: An OCD-Inspired Approach to Living with Uncertainty and Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of OCD

A fascinating and enlightening read, so brave and honest. OCD: I never really knew. --Nia Peeples - Actress, Singer & Writer - Los Angeles, CA

This powerful collection offers readers a rare and intimate glimpse into the minds of those who struggle with OCD. --Ryan & Kristin FitzGerald - Founders, OCDTribe.com

What a wonderful opportunity this book presents readers looking to understand such a complex and multi-faceted disorder!
--Jeff Bell - Author of 'Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of OCD'

From the Publisher

This is the first book of its kind and marks the launch of Conditional Publications, the home for writers with neurological disorders such as Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, OCD, Autism, Bipolar and more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening 11 May 2010
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This book is akin to those written by Oliver Sachs in that it opens up the world from a different perspective, but has the huge benefit of being written first hand from direct experience by those inhabiting that world, rather than by a doctor looking in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stories about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 12 Jun 2010
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An interesting book about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder from the perspective of those who suffer from it. Portraying the problems faced through poetry and fiction adds yet another dimension and shows that while the condition may be disabling, it does not diminish the talent of the sufferers. Recommended reading for those with OCD or who know someone with the condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book for those looking to understand OCD 13 May 2010
By David A. Mcmeekin - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read the first section of this book "Realism."

If you are looking to gain a better understanding of OCD or if you have friends or relatives have OCD I would heartily recommend this book to you. In my case it has given me a good view into the thought processes and struggles of those I know with the disorder.

I do not normally read short fiction and never read poetry, so the format itself of this book was a little bit foreign to me. I would like to say that not everything in this book is great on its own as literature, although I do believe there are some excellent works, but it is important to keep in mind that many of these contributors are not professional authors. They are normal people who are just trying to express their experiences with and about OCD. That too is where the true value is. You do start to see themes emerge in common from the different authors that give you good insight into OCD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Telling 11 May 2010
By MaliceFox - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for those of us who do not have OCD but know or love someone with OCD. It lets you really see what it is like to live with the disorder. Very profound read, and I am wholly glad I purchased a copy. If you know or love someone with OCD this is an amazing introspective into their lives. I would very much recommend this book to anyone, whether you have OCD or know someone with it.
5.0 out of 5 stars good for people with or without ocd 13 Feb 2012
By Hannah - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have OCD, you will see yourself in all or some of these very honest creations.

If you don't have OCD, reading about it from the sufferer's point of view is the best way to understand.

There is a huge variety of work in here, so it's pretty much guaranteed you'll like much if not all of it.
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