A Stone Boat

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Plume, Jan 1, 1996 - Fiction - 241 pages
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The Noonday Demon's contribution to our understanding both of mental illness and of the human condition is stunning. The book examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with, among others, fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policy-makers and politicians, and drug designers and philosophers, Solomon reveals, as never before, the complexities of the disease.Bestselling books by William Styron and Kay Redfield Jamison confirm the intense interest in individual experience of depression. But Solomon, whose 1998 New Yorker article on the subject garnered vast attention, goes much further to confront everything from the challenge of defining the illness and the vast range of available drug treatments to the efficacy of alternative treatments and the impact depression has on various demographic populations. He ponders the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations formental illness.Like Jacques Barzun, Robert Hughes, or Elaine Pagels, Solomon employs a single lens -- depression -- and through it shapes a sweeping work of immense cultural significance. This book will change reader's views of the world.

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User Review  - Kim Skidmore - Goodreads

I really wanted to give up on this book when I was only a quarter of the way through it... but I hung in there. My recommendation is that YOU don't make the same mistake. I kept expecting it to delve ... Read full review

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User Review  - Louise Silk - Goodreads

I loved Andrew Solomon's non-fiction and I really was deeply affected by the story of his mother's death so I thought it would be interesting to see it fictionalized. The major problem was that it ... Read full review


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Andrew Solomon was born in New York City on October 30, 1963. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Yale University and a Master's degree in English at Jesus College, Cambridge. He has written for numerous publications including The New York Times and The New Yorker. He has written several non-fiction books including The Irony Tower, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, which won the 2001 National Book Award. He also wrote the novel A Stone Boat. He is a lecturer in psychiatry at Cornell University and special advisor on LGBT affairs to the Yale School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry.

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