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Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385543767
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Published: Doubleday - April 7th, 2020

This biography tells the shocking story of a family with twelve children, six of whom are schizophrenic. The book chronicles the lives of the Galvin family as one by one their sons are diagnosed with this horrific disease. We are witness to the violence, abuse and chaos that runs rampant within the house on Hidden Valley Road. Each sick son has schizophrenia in varying degrees, all severe, and we see how the parents and healthy siblings are impacted due to such turbulent circumstances. In alternating chapters the author explores the family's life, and the psychiatric community at the time (1960’s-1970’s) and how it scrutinized the question of nature vs. nurture related to the development of schizophrenia. Eventually the Galvin family became a primary (and ideal) model for the study of genetics and behavior, testing and interviewing the sick boys, parents, and unaffected siblings for many years.
Fascinating story and extremely informative. ~ Reviewed by Jen Grigsby


A Woman Is No Man: A Novel by Etaf Rum - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062699770
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 4th, 2020

This is a contemporary story told through the eyes of three generations of women within a family, who have moved to Brooklyn from Palestine and live together. These women have been married off to men they don't know, and abuse and subservience is not only accepted, but expected. The violence and humiliation they are subjected to is shocking. The shame and fear that pervades the culture they try so hard to protect slowly unravels as they become more self aware and "Americanized" over the years. This book, although painful to read at times, was hard to put down. ~ Reviewed by Jen Grigsby


The Possible World: A Novel by Liese O'Halloran Schwarz - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501166150
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Published: Scribner - September 17th, 2019

This story follows the lives of three different people: Ben, a six-year-old boy who is traumatized after surviving a mass murder, Lucy, his ER doctor, and Clare, a 100-year-old woman. Each chapter is told from the viewpoint of one of these characters. As their stories unfold, you discover exactly how their lives intertwine, delving far into the past and luring the reader deep into the sad histories of each person. It culminates with a very satisfying wrap-up that answers the unsolved questions and leaves you feeling content and hopeful. ~ Reviewed by Jen Grigsby


A Rip in Heaven by Jeanine Cummins - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780451210531
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Published: Berkley - June 1st, 2004

This true crime memoir by American Dirt author Jeanine Cummins is truly horrifying. Told in the third person, Cummins tells the story of the 1991 brutal assault and murder of her two cousins and subsequent investigation into her brother, who survived the attack. Cummins delves into the crime from all angles, from the background of the assailants, the exploitation and betrayal of the media and legal system, to the terrifying experience that left her brother and family traumatized forever. ~ Reviewed by Jen Grigsby


Dear Edward: A Novel by Ann Napolitano - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984854780
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Published: The Dial Press - January 6th, 2020

This is a truly beautiful coming-of-age story about a boy who is the sole survivor of a plane crash in which he loses his entire family. How he is able to move on is due to the compassion and insight shown by the people who enter his life and give him the strength to rebuild himself. A heartbreaking story of survival, you will fall in love with Edward and the people who wrap their arms around him and guide him back towards life. The book goes back and forth from the day of the crash to the present, leading up to that fateful and shattering moment. Although the premise is tragic, the story is uplifting and Edward's recovery miraculous. ~ Reviewed by Jen Grigsby


Evvie Drake Starts Over: A Novel by Linda Holmes - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525619246
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 25th, 2019

Evvie Drake has found herself widowed from a man she was in the process of leaving. Evvie is filled with guilt during this time of grieving and groping with how to move on. Her best friend Andy suggests she rent her attached apartment to his friend, an ex pro-baseball star. The two are both struggling with where to go next in life and when their friendship leads to romance, they ultimately discover their relationship is exactly what the doctor ordered. If you're looking for a light, fun summer read–this book is it. ~ Reviewed by Jen Grigsby


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