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Hidden Valley Road
Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family | Robert Kolker
The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease. Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work with the Air Force brought 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 the other, 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 Institutes of Mental Health. Their story offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia, from the era of institutionalization, lobotomy, and the schizophrenogenic mother, to the search for genetic markers for the disease, always amidst profound disagreements about the nature of the illness itself. 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. With clarity and compassion, bestselling and award-winning author Robert Kolker uncovers one family's unforgettable legacy of suffering, love and hope.
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#manicmonday #letterH

📚 The Hot Zone, Home, The Hitchhiker‘s Guide to the Galaxy
✍️ Jane Harper, Harlan Coben, Thomas Harris (TBR)
🎥 Hereditary, Hunter Hunter, Harry Potter movies, Halloween (1978) 📺 House of the Dragon, House M.D., The Haunting of Hill House
🎸 Halestorm and Hands Like Houses
🎶 Half of Me (Yours Truly), Have Faith in Me (A Day To Remember), Hypnosis (Sleep Token), Hysteria (Spiritbox)

CBee Hidden Valley Road was amazing! 1d
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This was an interesting look at how one family (mother, father, and 12 children) all developed schizophrenia at different stages of their lives.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!! That‘s so sad! 2mo
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All I can say is wow 4/5 ⭐️

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The incredible true story of a married couple with 12 kids, 6 of whom had schizophrenia. The dynamics of this family get more and more shocking as more and more secrets are revealed.

Fascinating, disturbing, and well-researched.

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stevesbookstuf1 Excellent book. Knowing a few people in my life who've struggled with mental illness (though not schizophrenia), it was a tough read for me. The Galvins are an extreme case of mental illnesses in one family. But the impact mental illness has on family members, and those close to the ill person, who aren't ill themselves, is very real. 3mo
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Honestly - wow. A book that was so eye-opening on schizophrenia. An excellently researched, well-articulated book that is a must read for those interested in the topic.

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I had not known about the Galvin family before reading this. This was quite an interesting look into how most of the Galvin‘s were showing signs or were diagnosed with schizophrenia, and the toll it had on the family as the years went on.

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5/28/22

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My favorite part of flying is starting a new book!

AmyG You will love this book. Fascinating. 4mo
Sleepswithbooks @AmyG I‘ve been looking forward to reading it!!! 4mo
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The harrowing and mind blowing true story of a family with 12 kids, 6 with schizophrenia. This family were an important part of the journey of how schizophrenia is treated and if it develops because of nature or nurture. It‘s not just the children with schizophrenia who suffer. The other 6 children live in fear of developing the disease and feel abandoned by the parents because they are too busy with the sick kids. Heartbreaking and fascinating.

Jeg Is this a recent publication? 7mo
Rissreads @Jeg yep! 2020. 7mo
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My favorite book read in August was Hidden Valley Road!
Seems like people love or hate this one. I think it was fascinating. Imagine you‘re at a party, your brain flips a switch, and you take off all your clothes and tell people you‘re Paul McCartney. The brain is so interesting to me. And to top it all off, the parents raise these kids like nobody should. Wow.

#12BooksOf2021
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Andrew65 Sounds great. 9mo
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#12Booksof2021 #2ndBookof2021 #February @Andrew65

I still remember so much from this book. It's such an informative, and heartbreaking read. One of my favorite non-fiction reads.

Andrew65 Sounds good. 9mo
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Rigorously researched, this decades long tale of a family with 6 sons (of 12! kids) suffering from schizophrenia and the research their genetics brought to the field, is heartbreaking and very interesting. Kolker presents it in a narrative way with all the science bits understandable by a layperson. Very rough read at times. Schizophrenia sounds absolutely terrifying to have.

Cinfhen Definitely one of the best nonfiction books I‘ve read in the last 5 years!! It was so well researched and written. Very accessible to non-scientific readers. 11mo
night_shift @Cinfhen it dealt with a rough topic, but was such an engaging read. I flew through it. I agree! Definitely the best non-fic read of this year, by far! 11mo
Cinfhen We read this for bookclub and everyone was so engaged in the conversation. We literally discussed this book for the full 2 hours. 11mo
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Emilymdxn I loved this so much! 11mo
night_shift @Cinfhen nice! It's always great when that happens! 11mo
night_shift @Emilymdxn it was super interesting! 11mo
AmyG As a mother, this is a book that will always stay with me. I was absolutely fascinated. 11mo
night_shift @AmyG yeah, definitely. Mimi was a crazy strong gal. I cannot even imagine. 11mo
night_shift #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks - space 13 (a library hold) 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 10mo
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This covers the story of a family where 6 of the 12 kids are schizophrenic. Honestly, this one kind of wrecked me. I knew this dealt heavily in mental illness but I don‘t know how ready I was for it.

It started off pretty slow but toward then you got a picture of how much the youngest sister really interacted with her siblings and it is so so sad.

Definitely needing a break from heavy subject matter after this one.

This was my #doublespin book

Annie1215 Oh this is another bingo! @TheAromaofBooks 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! I gifted this one to someone for a swap last year so I paged through it a bit before mailing it on and knew it would definitely be too much for me!! 11mo
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Breaking out the spiced apple cider tea I got from @Kdgordon88 to get me through my work day while I listen to my #doublespin book

I just want to live in spooky season forever with all the fall flavors.

sprainedbrain Me too! Best time of the year. 🖤 11mo
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Stopped by the library because my internet is having issues
Scored these 4 books for $1
(There's also a used library sale starting Wed I plan on visiting)
Hidden Valley Road, Robert Kolker
The 100-Year-Old Man..., Jonas Jonasson
We Were The Lucky Ones, Georgia Hunter
Calypso, David Sedaris

All were on my want to reads list except The 100 year old man.... not sure if I'll like that one, but for a quarter, I'll give it a shot

smalldogs_bigbooks2419 Idk if you‘re struggling specifically with Facebook or Instagram (or any other apps you have connected to either of them) but they are both down all over the world 🤯 12mo
perfectsinner @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 yes I saw this a few hours ago on Buzzfeed. I was glad to know it wasn't just me or my internet. Facebook is my only social... just use it for crystal and book groups, mostly. Facebook is back now but still temperamental... can't comment on posts or react, it seems, and not 100% if my chats are going through. 12mo
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 A few of my friends have posted that there‘s is working again, so I guess I‘m reconnected enough to see that, but I still can‘t post or react to anything. 12mo
perfectsinner Same 12mo
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PaperbackPirate
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I forgot to post my review of this book last month!
🧠 Although reading about the family highlighted in this book was heavy at times, I was fascinated. I also found the history of studying schizophrenia in the United Stares interesting. Spoiler alert: people who don‘t believe science cause delays in helping people with this devastating mental health condition.
Most of my book club didn‘t like it as much as me, saying it was boring.
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TiredLibrarian Boring?? I thought it was fascinating! Loved this book; I also loved Kolker's book Lost Girls. 13mo
PaperbackPirate @TiredLibrarian I know, right?! Can you imagine going along all normal, then your brain flips a switch and you‘re naked at a party telling people you‘re Paul McCartney?! I‘ll have to check out his other one. 13mo
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New glasses and a new book to test them out on! After several weeks of blurry nighttime vision, I thought back and realized that it's been literal years since I've seen the eye doctor. 🤦‍♀️ Really keeping up with that necessary self-care! Anyway, I've deemed these beauties my Reading Glasses and I love them. Cheers to a clear page and a fascinating story! And learn from my mistakes- don't neglect the eye doctor, folks! #CurrentlyReading

Tamra Yay for you! 👓 13mo
britt_brooke Love those frames! Enjoyed this book, too. Fascinating read! 13mo
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#20in4 update!
💪🏼 I‘m up to 12.5 hours (1 hour for each kid in this family)! My goal was to get to 20 but I don‘t think I‘ll make it. I still see a few more hours in my future though- this book is hard to put down! I hate to armchair parent but, no, do not raise your kids this way. (Not nominated for Parents‘ Day awards #JulyJourneys)
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Eggs That sounds challenging to read😟 1y
Andrew65 Going great so far, well done 👏👏👏 1y
PaperbackPirate It was at times @Eggs , but mostly I was fascinated. 13mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you for the encouragement @Andrew65 ! 13mo
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Another recommendation featuring a strong mental health storyline. 12 siblings, 6 of which develop schizophrenia and how it changed the family dynamics. Told over the course of several decades the content covers the history of the family, lifestyle, diagnosis, treatments, and so forth. It's a memoir for the whole family.

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Early morning sunrise means extra time for reading in bed. But first, coffee.

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...we are more than just our genes. We are, in some way, a product of the people who surround us—the people we‘re forced to grow up with, and the people we choose to be with later. Our relationships can destroy us, but they can change us, too, and restore us, and without us ever seeing it happen, they define us 🧬🔬🖤

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4⭐
Very well researched. Written with care and empathy which can be challenging for some writers when writing about real people and mental illness.
I appreciate Kolker's balance between the many POV of the Galvin family, the outside look into the family and the chronicling look at schizophrenia in the many fields of healthcare and research.
A unique and ultimately tragic family story. The book would make an excellent bookclub read. 👇👇👇

ChaoticMissAdventures There is so much to discuss from the historical psychology - Fraud vs Jung, nature vs nurture, what we put patients and family through. 1y
ChaoticMissAdventures The family itself, all those children! Killer spends a lot of time on Mimi who I also find interesting, her actions, specifically in how she brushes off sexual abuse in the house but faces it head on when it comes from the outside. The relationship between the parents, and coping mechanisms of the non-ill family members. The book is a trove of topics. 1y
Librariana I know I've seen this book multiple times, either back when I added it to our catalog at the library, or just in coming across it on reviews and it does sound like a fascinating tome. Given some of the topics you've touched on in your own review, I do commend you for reading it because I don't know if I'd have the emotional strength for it. 1y
ChaoticMissAdventures @Librariana the author does a great job balancing empathy, history and analysis with the story. I didn't find it emotionally overtaxing. It is fairly deep though. I have a psych degree so much of the history wasn't new to me which might have helped, but encourage everyone to pick it up, it is a fascinating read. 1y
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This book is sad…six sons with schizophrenia. Twelve children…all abused in some format.

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Skyler
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Really enjoying this deep dive into the Galvin family, a family of twelve children, of whom 6 develop schizophrenia. (Kitty likes any book that enthralls me long enough to allow for lap naps.) #catsoflitsy

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I agree with the hype on this one: fascinating, disturbing, well researched, and very well-organized and -written. If you've missed the hype: it's a nonfiction account of the Galvins, a large Colorado Springs family with 12 children, of whom 6 were diagnosed with schizophrenia. In parallel with the Galvins' story, Kolker traces the history of treatments for mental illness since the mid-20th century, and how the Galvins helped shape that.

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This wasn't exactly what I thought it was but what a trip into this family and the impact schizophrenia had on them. So well documented and very, very in depth.

I also fell into the falconry rabbit hole while listening to this so that was interesting 😅

One step closer to a bingo. Still hoping to get one before the month is out!

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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This book is fascinating so far. I have a little trouble keeping all the brothers straight in my mind, but it's somehow also not confusing.

britt_brooke So good! This was one of my top reads last year. 2y
sarahljensen @britt_brooke I'm about a third of the way through now. It's really interesting. 2y
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This is a very well-researched account of a family living with mental illness. It is so layered with complex experiences that any one could have been its own book.

Copwithabook Agreed! This was one of my favorite reads from last year 2y
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Wow. A family with 12 kids and 6 of them are schizophrenic.

This is an unbelievable true story about the Galvin family and the progress that was made scientifically through the study of them.

On a personal note - biotech company Amgen was mentioned and I worked there for 10 years back in the day 😄

AmyG I was so fascinated by this story. Loved the book. 2y
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Starting this on my kindle.

EKonrad One of the best nonfiction reads from last year in my opinion. 😊 2y
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Can't complain about my flight yesterday with a whole row to myself!

wanderinglynn That‘s the best! 👍🏻 2y
Trashcanman ❤❤🤗 2y
jdiehr @Trashcanman George! 🤗🥰 2y
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DHill
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Starting this non-fiction account of one family‘s life with schizophrenia.

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Beccacraft
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This book takes a deep look at the Galvins, a family of 12 children, 6 of which develop schizophrenia. It paints a terrifying realistic view of the disease, its effect on those around the affected, and the scientific and medical advancements made over the last 70 years, many in part due to the Galvins. The book sheds light on the hard truths and family turmoil caused by the disease and the hope for future generations.

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#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #NonFiction2021 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

This book is definitely not for the faint of heart, but it was well worth the read.

My grandfather had schizophrenia. I spent a lot of my childhood going with my parents to have him admitted to the hospital, or just visiting him during his stays there. For me, this book resonated a bit close to home. 💔 It is still a great read though about a terrible illness.

TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great review, and thanks for sharing you own personal story. It‘s such a tough condition, and not one the general public really understands. 2y
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This was an interesting look at both the Galvin family, who had six sons diagnosed with schizophrenia or another mental illness (bipolar disorder), and the history of research into the causes, cures, and treatments for schizophrenia. It also addresses the toll that mental illness takes on a family as a whole as well as its individual members. Definitely worth reading. #Libby #Kindle

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My current read! How about you? #fridayreads

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KatieDid927
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Super fascinating and worth all the hype.

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MicheleinPhilly
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WOW. This story is almost too unbelievable to be true. Kolker did such a marvelous job with both the science and in displaying the Galvin family‘s humanity. It is tragic and heartbreaking but also life affirming in a way. I don‘t recommend it for pre-bed reading because my dreams were 🤯 but this is a really remarkable piece of non-fiction. 5⭐️

Mccall0113 Funny you mentioned the dreams. I had dreams about this book while reading it as well. I don‘t remember my dreams often. As a psych major and a sister to a schizophrenic I devoured this book. 2y
MicheleinPhilly @Mccall0113 I was a psych major too! 2y
AmyG Sometimes when I think I am having a bad day, I think of this book and the mother. In my wildest dreams...I just can‘t imagine. 2y
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britt_brooke One of my top reads this year! 2y
mom2bugnbee Unbelievable story. 2y
Crazeedi I need to read 2y
Megabooks One of my top reads! Really interesting! 2y
Reviewsbylola Agreed, amazing work of NF. I just can‘t even imagine. 2y
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Booklover2
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An incredibly well researched story about the Galvin family. Imagine 6 of your 13 children having schizophrenia!!! Here you learn about the families struggles along side the science that is forever trying to unravel the mysteries of this terrifying disease of the mind.

Well done!

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Wow. Another book club pick I‘m not sure I would‘ve chosen otherwise. As a social worker I became fascinated with this book and it‘s deep look into schizophrenia. I wasn‘t expecting to learn so much. There‘s just enough family story and psychology mixed together. Book 18 or 2020

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Amie
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What a tragedy! I have lots of opinions about the parenting in this family, but I can't believe that poor parenting would cause 6 of 12 kids to be schizophrenic (if it did, there would be a lot more people in this world with schizophrenia). This book was fascinating - both the story of this family and the research into the causes of schizophrenia.

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So interesting.

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I was worried this book would make me more depressed than I already am but it was the opposite. Of course it broke my heart but also gave me a bit of hope? I definitely loved it.

emilyhaldi Fascinating story!! 2y
Hooked_on_books I just finished this last week and I agree. Despite a horrible life for so many people, the book ends on a more hopeful note than I would have expected. I thought this one was fascinating. 2y
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HVR is the fascinating story of mental illness inside a family, wherein 6 of the 12 kids were severely mentally ill, 4 with schizophrenia. This started in the 1960s, well before the current understandings of mental health and broader treatment options. There‘s a bit of science at the end, including the contributions of this family to DNA testing, but this is firmly the family‘s story. It‘s riveting.

Cinfhen Such a great book! Excellent review 😊 2y
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I started this one yesterday and it‘s really interesting so far. I knew from other people‘s posts that this family lived in Colorado Springs, where I grew up. You guys, they lived in my neighborhood and went to my high school!!!! 😮 I was there quite a number of years later but that‘s fascinating!

AlaMich That‘s pretty fascinating! I enjoyed this book a lot. 2y
ValerieAndBooks Small world! I‘m sure I‘ll pick this up eventually. 2y
Hooked_on_books @ValerieAndBooks I don‘t remember the name of the road, but I was just talking to my mom and she sure did! Plus they lived right near the church my family went to for years. It‘s so cool to have this kind of connection to a story. 2y
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