No One Cares About Crazy People by Ron Powers
The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America

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This hybrid narrative, enhanced by the author’s considerable skills as a literary stylist, succeeds on every level.
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"Extraordinary and courageous . . . No doubt if everyone were to read this book, the world would change."---New York Times Book Review

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-bestselling author Ron Powers offers a searching, richly researched narrative of the social history of mental illness in America paired with the deeply personal story of his two sons' battles with schizophrenia.

From the centuries of torture of "lunatiks" at Bedlam Asylum to the infamous eugenics era to the follies of the anti-psychiatry movement to the current landscape in which too many families struggle alone to manage afflicted love ones, Powers limns our fears and myths about mental illness and the fractured public policies that have resulted.

Braided with that history is the moving story of Powers's beloved son Kevin--spirited, endearing, and gifted--who triumphed even while suffering from schizophrenia until finally he did not, and the story of his courageous surviving son Dean, who is also schizophrenic.

A blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here, this is a thought-provoking look at a dreaded illness that has long been misunderstood.
 

About Ron Powers

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Ron Powers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who lives in Vermont.
 
Published March 21, 2017 by Hachette Books. 348 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jan 03 2017

This hybrid narrative, enhanced by the author’s considerable skills as a literary stylist, succeeds on every level.

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Star Tribune

Below average
Reviewed by Mike Fischer on Apr 17 2017

Those historical portions of the book don't break new ground; good a writer as Powers is, they could be much shorter...But through judicially interspersed chapters involving his beloved boys, one is brought back to why Powers is so passionate...

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Ron Suskind on Apr 04 2017

This brave book — which reads like the act of consecration it is — imparts both, and demands society do the same for all who struggle.

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