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In his poignant second book, Smith (The Tattered Tapestry: A Family's Search for Peace with Bipolar Disorder) aims to help the millions of people affected by a friend or family member's mental illness. Through extensive research and his own experience with his daughter's mental illness and subsequent suicide, he suggests nine strategies for coping, including helping loved ones find and continue to take their medication, urging them to maintain a supportive relationship with a therapist, and recognizing the warning signs. Other strategies involve the caretaker's learning all about the loved one's disease, taking care of him/herself, and becoming involved in support networks. Smith provides empathetic information that has the potential to buoy people up. Highly recommended for all libraries.