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Ames Free Library Nonfiction Book Club - The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn Saks

Please join us for the library's new Nonfiction Book Discussion Group! Copies of the next month's selection will be available to check out and take home. 

The Non-Fiction Book Club will meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

All are welcome!

"Elyn R. Saks is an esteemed professor, lawyer, and psychiatrist and is the Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, Psychiatry, and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Law School, yet she has suffered from schizophrenia for most of her life, and still has ongoing major episodes of the illness.

The Center Cannot Hold is the eloquent, moving story of Elyn's life, from the first time that she heard voices speaking to her as a young teenager, to attempted suicides in college, through learning to live on her own as an adult in an often terrifying world. Saks discusses frankly the paranoia, the inability to tell imaginary fears from real ones, the voices in her head telling her to kill herself (and to harm others), as well as the incredibly difficult obstacles she overcame to become a highly respected professional. This beautifully written memoir is destined to become a classic in its genre." - Amazon.com
Event Location: 
Queset House, 1st Floor Presentation Commons