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The Bookshelf: Jan. 17, 2017

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights No One Cares About Crazy People.

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NO ONE CARES ABOUT CRAZY PEOPLE: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America

by Ron Powers

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Powers presents two searing sagas: an indictment of mental health care in the United States and the story of his two schizophrenic sons. Having previously published notable books in the realms of biography, media criticism, small-town ethnography, investigative journalism, and memoir, the author once again demonstrates his versatility. … Powers intends for the book to comfort families dealing with severe mental illness, to shock general readers with examples of atrocities befalling the mentally ill, to show that “crazy people” are rarely dangerous to anybody but themselves, and to push for significant reform. … This hybrid narrative, enhanced by the author’s considerable skills as a literary stylist, succeeds on every level.

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