You Don't Know Crazy

Wambui Bahati at Book Signing

You Don't Know Crazy -
My Life Before, During, After,
Above and Beyond Mental Illness

You Don't Know Crazy Book Cover

Wambui Bahati, a.k.a. John-Ann Washington, shares a powerful, personal and vital story about mental illness, self-esteem, self-love, and courage.

She was born and raised in the segregated south during the 1950s and 1960s and has sprinkled the narrative with significant national historical events and how they personally affected her life.

She invites us in for a behind-the-scenes look at her years as an actress on Broadway and in national touring shows. 

At times, hilariously funny. However, Wambui presents an intelligent, informative portrayal of bipolar mood disorder. Her struggle with mental illness is the underlying and recurring theme. 

  • She went from Broadway star to welfare mom. 
  •  Some said she was dead.
  • She was homeless.
  • Others said she was on drugs.
  • She was told she would spend her life in and out of mental institutions.
  • She was told her children could no longer live with her. 

When it seemed like her life could not get any worse, she decided she only had two options. She told herself she could either live or die. If she lived, she told herself, it would be on her own terms. 

For the past 25 years, she has researched, studied, and explored various 'quality of life' altering strategies. Her mission was to find out how to have a life of joy, peace, and fabulous health - the best life possible! This inspiring woman not only 'got up' when everyone thought she was 'out for the count' but rose to new heights and continues to soar. You Don't Know Crazy gives you the inspiration and tools that will allow you to fly.

Wambui shares how mental illness 'stole' her life and how she took it back and re-invented herself.

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An Autographed Copy of the book is also available at Wambui's online store.

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