Ron Powers at Cambridge Public Library

This event takes place at Cambridge Public Library, and is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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.

Ron Powers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times-bestselling author. He is the co-author of Flags of our Fathers and True Compass--both #1 New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestsellers. His biography of Mark Twain--Mark Twain: A Life--was also a New York Times bestseller. He lives with his wife Honoree Fleming, Ph.D., in Castleton, Vermont.

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138
No One Cares about Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316341172
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hachette Books - March 21st, 2017

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