Year 16, Book 45

45. Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

Hidden Valley Road is both the story of the Galvin family in which 6 of their 12 children developed schizophrenia as well as a history of the view and treatment of the disease. The Galvins are one of the families that have been studied to help determine the genetic component to schizophrenia. It was a really fascinating story of a family dealing with very difficult mental health issues and how it affected both the family members with schizophrenia and those who had to live with and take care of them. This book was a on a lot of best of lists the year it came out and it definitely deserved to be there. I give it a 9 out of 10.

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