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This renowned journalist's classic Pulitzer Prize winning investigation of schizophrenia - now reissued with a new postscript - follows a flamboyant and fiercely intelligent young woman as she struggles in the throes of mental illness.
"Sylvia Frumkin" was born in 1948 and began showing signs of schizophrenia in her teens. She spent the next seventeen years in and out of mental institutions. In 1978, reporter Susan Sheehan took an interest in her and, for more than two years, became immersed in her life: Talking with her, listening to her monologues, sitting in on consultations with doctors - even, for a period, sleeping in the bed next to her in a psychiatric center.
With Sheehan, we become witness to Sylvia's plight: Her psychotic episodes, the medical struggle to control her symptoms, and the overburdened hospitals that, more often than not, she was obliged to call home. The resulting book, first published in 1982, was hailed as an extraordinary achievement: Harrowing, humanizing, moving, and bitingly funny. Now, some two decades later, Is There No Place on Earth for Me continues to set the standard for accounts of mental illness.
©1982 Susan Sheehan; Foreword by Robert Coles (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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By B Rose on 11-09-14

Great book too long

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes it was for the most part. Very interesting.

Would you recommend Is There No Place on Earth for Me? to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably depending on the friend

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite were when Sylvia seemed very "normal". She was extremely bright.

Could you see Is There No Place on Earth for Me? being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Can't stand this question

Any additional comments?

While this is a great book, it could have been much shorter. Way too much repetition. Also, her family was horrible to her! I'm sure it had to be extremely difficult for them, but the comments they'd make to Sylvia were just cruel.

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By Roberta L. Ruben on 07-04-14

Sad But True

What made the experience of listening to Is There No Place on Earth for Me? the most enjoyable?

I found the author's understanding of the mental health system for young people in America very enlightening. I was amazed by the number of drugs tried by sufferers of mental illnesses and the fact that Drs. do not understand how the drugs effect each patient differently. This is an eye opening study of painful life one human who tried hard to fit in but could never please herself or others. She was a lost soul who kept searching for the cure to her diseased brain.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the fact that her sister stood by her through out her illness and tried to understand and love her in spite of her strange, childish, and often violent behavior.

Have you listened to any of Kaleo Griffith and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listen to Kate Reading before and I think she is a very good reader. She did an outstanding job conveying the pain of the main character of this biographical study of a mentally ill young American.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I wanted to learn if the Drs. ever found the medication(s) that could keep this bright women from self destruction and other psychotic behaviors.

Any additional comments?

An eye opening true story of the failures of modern medicine to help the mentally ill young people living among us try to exhibit "normal" behavior patterns. As we learn about the number of youth who are mentally ill. We all need to listen to this book to truly understand their frustration with the mental health system in the U.S.

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By Rah on 12-12-16

no place

interesting, factual and detailed account of a person suffering from schizophrenia from the view primarily of the mental health system, her family and community. Does detail many of the ways she was failed by those around her but does not gain insight into her own perspective as her own insight was impaired. Overall an in depth illustration of mental illness.

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