9 Highland Road: Sane Living For The Mentally Ill by Michael Winerip9 Highland Road: Sane Living For The Mentally Ill by Michael Winerip

9 Highland Road: Sane Living For The Mentally Ill

byMichael Winerip

Paperback | May 30, 1995

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Before Julie Callahan came to the house at 9 Highland Road in Glen Cove, New York, she had spent a good part of her young life in mental hospitals, her mental and emotional coherence nearly destroyed by a childhood of sexual abuse. Fred Grasso, a schizophrenic, had lived in a filthy single-room occupancy hotel. At 9 Highland Road they and their housemates were given a decent alternative to lives in institutions or in the streets. It was a place in which some even found the chance to get better.

This perfectly observed and passionately imagined book takes us inside one of the supervised group homes that, in an age of shrinking state budgets and psychotropic drugs, have emerged as the backbone of America's mental health system. As it follows the progress and setbacks of residents, their families, and counselors and notes the embittered resistance their presence initially aroused in the neighborhood, 9 Highland Road succeeds in opening the locked world of mental illness. It does so with an empathy and insight that will change forever the way we understand and act in relation to that world.

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Title:9 Highland Road: Sane Living For The Mentally IllFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.21 × 0.91 inPublished:May 30, 1995Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0679761608

ISBN - 13:9780679761600

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In an age of shrinking state budgets and sophisticated antipsychotic medications, supervised group homes have become the backbone of America's beleaguered mental health system. This keenly gripping book takes readers inside one such home--situated at 9 Highland Road in Glen Cove, New York--and into the lives of its residents, their families and counselors

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"Captures the hypocrisy that seems to typify the way Americans have traditionally dealt with the mentally ill.... The best disguise for cruelty, you realize as you read this remarkable, persuasive book, is normality."-- New Yorker"As in the works of Robert Coles or James Agee, the devastating evidence ... comes from Winerip's total immersion in his subject.... He brings ... a dramatist's or novelist's acute sensibilities to the page."-- Boston Globe