Some of the reviews submitted this week on Edelweiss+ from your fellow SIBA booksellers. SIBA members earn B3! points for every review if they join the SIBA community on Edelweiss. Email email@example.com to be added.
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin, 3/24/2020
Reviewed by Lizy Coale, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL
Like Neil Gaiman writing fan fiction of 100 Years of Solitude but about New York City. Powerful and exquisite. I loved it.
And Then the Fish Swallowed Him by Amir Ahmadi Arian, 3/24/2020
Reviewed by Erin Cox, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
This novel sucks you in like a story that relative of yours would tell. An uncle, maybe, who doesn’t bother telling it exactly like it happened. Still, you can’t stop listening. And eventually, you realize the stories are about something else entirely. This book is like that, if your uncle is Iranian, tells stories like Joseph Heller, and has some harrowing things to say about the power of the state on the soul.
Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker, 4/7/2020
Reviewed by Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA
Chronicling the lives of the Galvin family, Kolker tells the stories of their 12 children born from 1945 to 1965, six of whom suffered from debilitating, and in some cases fatal, schizophrenia. By revealing the almost unbelievable misery of this one family, he is also illustrating the many faces of psychiatry and mental health treatment over history from relatively benign, if ineffective, treatments to what we would now consider torture. He also exposes the psychiatric drug industry for the greedy, uncaring, opportunistic practices that have been the standard for decades. This look at schizophrenia and its effect on individuals, families, and societies is inspiring as it is disturbing and I hope its publication helps to accelerate change in the mental health industry and the hearts and minds of the public at large.
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