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Hidden Valley Road : : Inside the Mind of an American Family

Kolker, Robert. Book - 2020 616.898 Ko, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Biology / Kolker, Robert 10 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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"Oprah's book club 2020" -- from the jacket.
"Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins--aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony--and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence, hidden abuse. By the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after the other, were diagnosed as schizophrenic. How could all this happen to one family? What took place inside the house on Hidden Valley Road was so extraordinary that the Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institutes of Mental Health. Their story offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia, from the era of institutionalization, lobotomy, and the schizophrenogenic mother, to the search for genetic markers for the disease, always amidst profound disagreements about the nature of the illness itself. And unbeknownst to the Galvins, samples of their DNA informed decades of genetic research that continues today, offering paths to treatment, prediction, and even eradication of the disease for future generations. With clarity and compassion, bestselling and award-winning author Robert Kolker uncovers one family's unforgettable legacy of suffering, love and hope"-- Provided by publisher.

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Compelling Reading submitted by mclaughc on February 3, 2021, 2:20pm Just finished another pandemic read.... Hidden Valley Road incorporates scientific evidence with family experience and recollection to give a view of mental illness and its evolution in the last 50 years. I learned a lot (for instance, about falconry) and empathy for the mentally challenged. Well written and documented.

Sad but informative submitted by mcreader on June 18, 2021, 11:41pm The heart wrenching story of a supposedly ideal family whose 6 out of 12 children are schizophrenic. Tells of how the disease impacts the family while intertwines the scientific side of the disease. Recommendable.

Couldn't get into it. submitted by lisa on August 28, 2021, 9:16pm I know the jacket suggests it's a whole new kind of non-fiction, but I'll wait fir the Netflix doc.

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PUBLISHED
New York : Doubleday, [2020]
Year Published: 2020
Description: 377 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780385543767
038554376X

SUBJECTS
Galvin family.
Schizophrenics -- United States -- Biography.
Schizophrenia -- Genetic aspects.
Schizophrenia -- History. -- United States
Schizophrenics -- Family relationships -- United States.
Mentally ill -- History. -- United States