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Must-Read Nonfiction Discussion

Event Type: Adults
Date: 9/20/2021
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
Description:
 [Online] Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker. Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work with the Air Force took them to Colorado, where their twelve children perfectly spanned the Baby Boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins--aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony--and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence, hidden abuse. By the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after another, were diagnosed as schizophrenic. How could all this happen to one family?

What took place inside the house on Hidden Valley Road was so extraordinary that the Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health. Their story offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia. And unbeknownst to the Galvins, samples of their DNA informed decades of genetic research that continues today, offering paths to treatment, prediction, and even eradication of the disease for future generations.

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   Vernon Area Public Library
Location: Internet
Contact: Adult Desk
Contact Number: 224-543-1485
Presenter: Jessica
Status: Closed
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