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Fall To Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll, and Mental Illness—the critically acclaimed gripping memoir written by Mary Forsberg Weiland with Larkin Warren—will be released in paperback December 7th via It Books/HarperCollins Publishers (list price $14.99).

'Fall To Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll, and Mental Illness' paperback cover

In Fall To Pieces, Mary—mother, model, bipolar disorder survivor and recovering drug addict—reveals the extreme highs and lows of her life with refreshing candor and unflinching detail. She beautifully tells the story of her life, including her longtime relationship with ex-husband, Stone Temple Pilots/former Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland. In the book, Mary offers a window into the world of modeling and rock 'n' roll, while at the same time providing deep insights into the drug and alcohol addictions that could have killed her, and into her serious and misunderstood mental illness.

Mary felt it was important to share her story, despite fears of how revealing her personal battles might affect her family. She explains her reason for writing Fall To Pieces and why she felt bipolar disorder was an important subject to address: "I reject the stigma that the words 'mental illness' carry and I'd love to be a part of the movement to eliminate it. After my bipolar diagnosis, I read countless books on the subject. I had a difficult time connecting to them because my story often lacked the intense mania that so many people struggle with."

While the holidays are a joyous time of year for many, they can also be especially difficult for those who suffer from mental illness or depression. Mary hopes that Fall To Pieces may help provide some understanding, laughter, and insight for those struggling with similar demons. "The holidays can be an emotionally taxing and lonely time. My biggest dream for Fall To Pieces was that others might find the strength and a little bit of that light that lifted me from my darkness. I have received an overwhelming response from so many readers who were able to connect with this story. The dialogue we've shared over the last months has been one of my most cherished gifts. Thanks to the many who have discovered it, the book has a life I never could have imagined. It's humbling and inspiring."

Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of Loveline and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, and author of The Mirror Effect and Cracked, has noted: "Mary Weiland's beautifully crafted memoir takes the reader through the journey that is so very common today, the slow drift into addiction and mental illness. Fall to Pieces is perhaps the most vivid rendition of this experience I have ever come across. Honest, clear, and accurate, Mary takes us into the reality of a world that is idealized in the tabloids. I have always loved Mary and Scott Weiland, but never more than now."

Here a sample of the critical praise for Fall To Pieces:

"…a harrowing story of addiction and mental illness."

People Magazine, November 9, 2009

"…a worthy addition to the rock canon."

—Maureen Callahan, New York Post, November 15, 2009

"For all the death and devastation detailed in its pages, the book is surprisingly funny."

—Dean Goodman, Reuters, November 24, 2009

"…she chronicles her extraordinary life with equal shades of whimsy, humor, honesty and hope. From an international modeling career and her marriage to legendary Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland to struggles with mental illness and addiction, Mary has crafted a poignant and essential portrait of growing up. It's impossible not to identify with many of the moments in this tome—some heartbreaking, some hilarious, all real. It's easily one of the most powerful books you will read this year."

—Rick Florino,, November 19, 2009

"Filled with stunning clarity, heartbreaking stories and a pure and untouched hope, Mary Forsberg Weiland's Fall to Pieces is a must-read…Beautifully written, in a way that is sure to make the reader laugh, cry, gasp and pray, Fall to Pieces gives wisdom and hope to all who read it."

—Emily Churchill, The Free Lance-Star, November 14, 2009

"…an honest, flawed portrait of someone who the reader is able to empathize with. Weiland is only human, and her humanity shines through the heartfelt writing…It's definitely a must-read."

—Ashleigh Johnson, CSUF Daily Titan, November 19, 2009

"The prose is straightforward and unvarnished, and she tells her stories with a flair for creating a vivid visual, much like a good screenplay writer."

—April MacIntyre,, December 20, 2009

"…intriguing, brave and deeply personal tale…Mary Forsberg Weiland's story ultimately presents a universal truth about struggle, failure, rebirth and triumph that anyone can relate to…"

—Gail Worley,, December 12, 2009

"…a coming of age story about a California girl—a California girl who also happened to have drug, alcohol, marital, and psychological problems. There are many people who can relate to Mary's story and many who will find peace and revelations about their own lives because of her courageous retelling of her life—a life that was a true roller coaster of difficulties, good times and bad, blackness, self-hate, and family. Airing dirty laundry for the whole world to see in order for understanding, remembrance of the past, forgiveness, closure, a message to others, and as a message to family would be too much for many people but Mary Forsberg does it to help, teach others, and herself."

—Jeffrey Easton,, December 2009

"Throughout the book, there's almost nothing held back—including her breakdowns and dealing with being bipolar.", November 10, 2009

"I instantly connected with Mary and found myself getting completely involved in her story…Weiland NEVER blames all of her woes on Scott — in fact, throughout the story, I have to say that Weiland pretty much always took the high road and chose to tell HER story.", November 19, 2009

"Unlike some memoirs that feel self-indulgent and sappy, Fall To Pieces manages to be both entertaining and educational. Weiland's unabashed sincerity, humility and sense of humor interject hope and healing into a cautionary tale."

—Derek Shaw, 944 San Diego, February 2010

Mary is currently studying for her certification in drug and alcohol counseling with a focus on co-occurring disorders at Loyola Marymount University. Mary Forsberg Weiland is available for interviews. Review copies of the new edition of Fall To Pieces are also available on request.

For more information on Fall To Pieces, go to:

Publicity Contact for Fall To Pieces and Mary Forsberg Weiland:

Kristine Ashton-Magnuson/ASHTON-MAGNUSON MEDIA
(818) 996-2496

Publicity Contact for It Books/HarperCollins Publishers:

Joseph Papa
(212) 207-7326