As Seattle writer Elissa Washuta makes the transition from college kid to independent adult, she finds herself overwhelmed by the calamities piling up in her brain. When her mood-stabilizing medications aren't threatening her life, they're shoving her from depression to mania and back in the space of an hour.
Her crisis of American Indian identity bleeds into other areas of self-doubt; mental illness, sexual trauma, ethnic identity, and independence become intertwined.
Washuta shares her journey from her book, "My Body is a Book of Rules," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Admission is free.