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Hidden Valley Road : inside the mind of an American family / Robert Kolker.

Kolker, Robert, (author.).

Available copies

  • 12 of 14 copies available at Sage Library System.

Current holds

3 current holds with 14 total copies.

Summary:

"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.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Sherman County Public/School Library 616.89 KOL (Text) 37039000175203 NON-FICTION Book Branch_Only_3months 07/25/2020 Available -
Southern Wasco County Library 616.89 KOLK (Text) 33892006337308 NON-FICTION Book None 04/29/2020 Available -
The Dalles Wasco County Library 616.89 KOL (Text) 33892006584867 NEW BOOKS New/High Demand System_Only_3months 05/18/2020 On holds shelf -
The Dalles Wasco County Library 616.89 KOL (Text) 33892006584875 NEW BOOKS New/High Demand None 06/03/2020 Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 038554376X
  • ISBN: 9780385543767
  • Physical Description: xxi, 377 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2020]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Oprah's Book Club 2020" -- from front cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-360) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"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.
Subject: Galvin family.
Schizophrenics > United States > Biography.
Schizophrenia > Genetic aspects.
Schizophrenia > Treatment > United States > History.
Schizophrenics > Family relationships > United States.
Mentally ill > Care > United States > History.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.

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