Lewis Yates Yates itibaren Karaaliler Köyü, 14780 Karaaliler Köyü/Göynük/Bolu, Türkiye
I didn't know anything about mental illness that I hadn't seen dramatized on Lifetime movies (shout out to Patty Duke!) before reading this book, and let's just say it's an eye-opener. As a veteran reporter for the Washington Post, Earley's writing tends to be a bit on the newsy side rather than the literary, but the stories he tells are so outrageous that you can't help but keep going through this 400 page monster of a book. As it so often happens, people don't care about causes until it hits close to home and then they suddenly become champions of it. Earley readily admits this, as he knew nothing of mental illness until his son, a 20-something college student breaks into a house to take a bubble bath while he was in the throes of a manic episode. Outraged by the fact that he couldn't force his mentally disturbed son into treatment, Earley launched an exhaustive investigation into America's mental health system. Providing eyewitness accounts from his obversations of the mentally ill in clinics, prisons, on the streets, and in his own household, what you read will surely shock you.