Blue Genes by Christopher Lukas
A Memoir of Loss and Survival

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Christopher (Kit) Lukas’s mother committed suicide when he was a boy. He and his brother, Tony, were not told how she died. No one spoke of the family’s history of depression and bipolar disorder. The brothers grew up to achieve remarkable success; Tony as a gifted journalist (and author of the classic book, Common Ground), Kit as an accomplished television producer and director. After suffering bouts of depression, Kit was able to confront his family’s troubled past, but Tony never seemed to find the contentment Kit had attained–he killed himself in 1997. Written with heartrending honesty, Blue Genes captures the devastation of this family legacy of depression and details the strength and hope that can provide a way of escaping its grasp.


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About Christopher Lukas

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CHRISTOPHER LUKAS has worked as a writer-producer-director in public and commercial television and won Emmy Awards for his programs. He is the author and coauthor of five books. Lukas has two grown daughters, and lives near New York City where he is continuing to make films, write books, and work as a film and stage actor.
 
Published September 16, 2008 by Anchor. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Elegant account of a family's persistent melancholy and the damage it wrought.

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In a supremely brave effort literally to save his own life, Lukas shatters the silence surrounding the long history of suicide in his Hungarian-German-Jewish family, especially that of his older br

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A review last Sunday about “Blue Genes,” a memoir by Christopher Lukas, misstated the number of years the author had been married to his wife, Susan, at the time of her death.

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A memoir about depression’s claim on the author Christopher Lukas’s family.

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A memoir about depression’s claim on the author Christopher Lukas’s family.

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