Britney Spears, Mary Weilland

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Most big-time celeb tell-alls turn out to be puff pieces (we're looking at you, Angelina), so we were très thrilled to hear about a memoir that, ya know, actually dishes some honesty was hitting shelves again, paperback style.

If you didn't check out Mary Weiland's Falling to Pieces (cowritten by Larkin Warren), which truly tells all about her battles with being bipolar, as well as her abusive, drug-filled marriage to Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots, in hardcover glory, you've got another chance. Even if you aren't a fan of the rock band, it really is an interesting, revealing read.

But why is Scott's own autobiography taking so damn long to publish? And what does Mary have to say about folks like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan, who definitely have some issues of their own to deal with?

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"I feel pain for people like Britney and Lindsay," Mary told us exclusively. "People assume they're just being weak, and they're not. Being bipolar is about being educated. It's a mental illness that freaks people out. I really wish people were more compassionate about it."

Both stars have been rumored to be struggling with bipolar disorder in the past, and, as we know, Lindsay is now being treated for drug addiction—things Weiland knows something about and addresses head-on in Pieces.

"Writing the book helped me so much," added Weiland. "And people told me how much it helped them."

In the wake of Pieces, which has been widely praised by Dr. Drew Pinsky (the story handles tons of his go-to fodder: drugs, domestic problems, mental illnesses), rocker Dave Navarro, and critics alike for being funny, warm and compassionate, Scott was supposed to release his own story.

But we're still waiting—and we will be, at least until next spring (assuming its due date doesn't get rescheduled...again).

So what's the holdup (Scott's been "writing" his auto with noted rock writer David Ritz for more than three years)? And what does he think of Mary's literary work?

"He told me I wrote a good book," Weiland tells us. "But, he may be changing the concept of his own [book] at this point, I don't know." Other sources tell us Scott continues to change the theme of what he's writing, repeatedly.

Take a page (literally) from your ex-wife's book, Scott, and tell the truth. That's all we say.

But we hear there's no bitterness from either side of the formerly troubled twosome. Especially Mary, who's taking college courses to become a drug treatment counselor for women in halfway houses.

Maybe Lindsay could be her first patient?

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