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Children's Literature
The publisher's "The Other America" series focuses on the so-called "outsiders" of society, the homeless, elderly, teenage mothers and runaways and more. A Forward to the book sets forth a good premise, that stereotypes of these groups of individuals in our society can begin to be broken down through reading individual, real-life stories. Through in-depth interviews, the stories are told of a father with bipolar disorder, a man with schizotypal personality disorder, a mother with episodes of psychosis, and a woman with obsessive compulsive disorder. A brief introduction to some facts about mental illness sets the stage for the stories, which are relayed primarily in engaging first-person quotes. Each of the illnesses can be understood clearly and logically through the interview, with pertinent information about the history of the problem and its treatment. Photographs every other page create interest. The book would be even stronger with a glossary of new words and definitions of medications such as thorazine, clonopin or prozac. While this writing approach seems an excellent way to diffuse stereotypes, it is surprising that a juvenile nonfiction work does not contain age-related examples. These books would be well placed in the adult section of the library as well. There is a list of 3 organizations to provide more information on mental illness, a short Further Reading list containing two juvenile books, and an index. A good library resource. 2003, Lucent Books/Gale Group/Thomson Learning,
— Elaine Wick
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Four people who have been diagnosed with different mental illnesses discuss how they handle the challenges in their everyday lives, from trying to hold down jobs to keeping track of their medications. Although they do not share common disorders-Bruce is bipolar, Mike has schizotypal personality disorder, Joann has had psychotic episodes, and Megan is obsessive-compulsive-they are all often embarrassed about their behavior. What comes through quite clearly in all four interviews is the individuals' intelligence and their desire to escape the pain of mental illness. Rather than a scientific explanation of each condition, this volume presents an often-heartbreaking look at the effects of the diseases on not only the patients, but also on their families and friends. Black-and-white snapshots show the subjects engaged in various activities, and a list of organizations is included. An approachable, excellent resource.-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590182376
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 10/4/2002
  • Series: The Other America
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.82 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

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    Gail portrays the everyday life that people with different menta

    Gail portrays the everyday life that people with different mental illnesses live by. She interviewed four people each with a different illness and learned how they had each managed their illness throughout their lives. This book is an ethnography where Gail just wrote down the stories she was told. The book was interesting at first but it got repetitive as she wrote about all all of the stories from all four people. Many of the stories were similar. I wish this book had had more analysis and back ground information to go along with the stories, because the stories, even though they were interesting, did not give a lot of information. They were just memories of the people who lived the stories. If the book had had more information and statistics it would have improved immensely.  

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