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♠Book: The Noonday Demon
♣Author: Andrew Solomon
♥Publisher: Simon and Schuster
♦Release: 2014-09-16
★Genre: Biography & Autobiography
☘Pages: 576
✸ISBN: 9781451611038
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: The author offers a look at depression, drawing on his own battle with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, researchers, and doctors to assess the disease's complexities, causes, symptoms, and available therapies.

♠Book: The Noonday Demon
♣Author: Andrew Solomon
♥Publisher: Random House
♦Release: 2012-03-31
★Genre: Self-Help
☘Pages: 688
✸ISBN: 9781446414002
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: WITH A NEW EPILOGUE BY THE AUTHOR Like Primo Levi's The Periodic Table, The Noonday Demon digs deep into personal history, as Andrew Solomon narrates, brilliantly and terrifyingly, his own agonising experience of depression. Solomon also portrays the pain of others, in different cultures and societies whose lives have been shattered by depression and uncovers the historical, social, biological, chemical and medical implications of this crippling disease. He takes us through the halls of mental hospitals where some of his subjects have been imprisoned for decades; into the research labs; to the burdened and afflicted poor, rural and urban. He talks to faith healers and voyages around the world in a quest for folk wisdom. He analyses the medications of today as well as reviewing the politics of diagnosis and treatment and, perhaps most significantly, he looks at the vital role of will and love in the process of recovery.

♠Book: The Noonday Demon
♣Author: Andrew Solomon
♥Publisher: Simon and Schuster
♦Release: 2011-11-16
★Genre: Psychology
☘Pages: 576
✸ISBN: 9781451676884
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award-winning author Andrew Solomon takes the reader on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning. The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policymakers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease. He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has had on various demographic populations around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness. The depth of human experience Solomon chronicles, the range of his intelligence, and his boundless curiosity and compassion will change the reader's view of the world.

♠Book: Thomas Merton and the Noonday Demon
♣Author: Donald Grayston
♥Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
♦Release: 2015-05-19
★Genre: Religion
☘Pages: 320
✸ISBN: 9781498209373
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: How did Thomas Merton become Thomas Merton? Starting out from any one of his earlier major life moments--wealthy orphan boy, big man on campus, fervent Roman Catholic convert, new and obedient monk--we find ourselves asking how by his life's end he had grown from who he was then into a transcultural and transreligious spiritual teacher read by millions. This book takes another such starting point: his attempt in the mid-1950s to move from his abbey of Gethsemani, in Kentucky--a place that had become, in his view, noisy beyond bearing--to an Italian monastery, Camaldoli, which he idealized as a place of monastic peace. The ultimate irony: Camaldoli at that time, bucolic and peaceful outwardly, was inwardly riven by a pre-Vatican II culture war; whereas Gethsemani, which he tried so hard to leave, became, when he was given his hermitage there in 1965, his place to recover Eden. In walking with Merton on this journey, and reading the letters he wrote and received at the time, we find ourselves asking, as he did, with so much energy and honesty, the deep questions that we may well need to answer in our own lives.

♠Book: The Noonday Demon
♣Author: Kathleen Norris
♥Publisher: Lion Books
♦Release: 2009-01
★Genre: Psychology
☘Pages: 351
✸ISBN: 0745953662
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: Kathleen Norris had written several much-loved books, yet she couldn't drag herself out of bed in the morning or summon the energy for daily tasks. Even as she struggled, Norris recognized her familiar battle with acedia. She had discovered the word in an early Church text when she was in her thirties, and instantly recognized herself in a passage describing the affliction as sinking into a state of being unable to care. Fascinated by this 'noonday demon' so familiar to the early Church, Norris read intensively and knew she must restore this forgotten but utterly important concept to the modern world's vernacular. As Kathleen explains, 'restless boredom, frantic escapism, commitment phobia, and enervating despair that we struggle with today are the ancient demon of acedia in modern dress.'

♠Book: The Noonday Demon
♣Author: John Blackwell
♥Publisher: Crossroad Carlisle
♦Release: 2004
★Genre: Religion
☘Pages: 165
✸ISBN: 0824521366
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: In these elegant and thoughtful essays, Dr.Blackwell takes us on a spiritual journey through the Bible.

♠Book: Far From the Tree
♣Author: Andrew Solomon
♥Publisher: Simon and Schuster
♦Release: 2014-09-16
★Genre: Family & Relationships
☘Pages: 976
✸ISBN: 9781476773063
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: The National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing his own experiences as a gay child of straight parents while evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental or cultural factors that divide families. 150,000 first printing.

♠Book: Far and Away
♣Author: Andrew Solomon
♥Publisher: Simon and Schuster
♦Release: 2016-04-19
★Genre: Literary Collections
☘Pages: 592
✸ISBN: 9781476795041
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: Essays chronicle the author's activist stint on the Moscow barricades in 1991, his 2002 account of cultural rebirth in post-Taliban Afghanistan, and other stories of profound change.

♠Book: The Evil Hours
♣Author: David J. Morris
♥Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
♦Release: 2015-01-20
★Genre: Biography & Autobiography
☘Pages: 338
✸ISBN: 9780544086616
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: An examination of the role of PTSD in American life by an ex-Marine, war correspondent and PTSD patient shares discussions of its widespread impact on families and the taboos that challenge its treatments. 20,000 first printing.

♠Book: This Close to Happy
♣Author: Daphne Merkin
♥Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
♦Release: 2017-02-07
★Genre: Biography & Autobiography
☘Pages: 304
✸ISBN: 9780374711917
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


✒SUMMARY: A New York Times Book Review Favorite Read of 2016 “Despair is always described as dull,” writes Daphne Merkin, “when the truth is that despair has a light all its own, a lunar glow, the color of mottled silver.” This Close to Happy—Merkin’s rare, vividly personal account of what it feels like to suffer from clinical depression—captures this strange light. Daphne Merkin has been hospitalized three times: first, in grade school, for childhood depression; years later, after her daughter was born, for severe postpartum depression; and later still, after her mother died, for obsessive suicidal thinking. Recounting this series of hospitalizations, as well as her visits to myriad therapists and psychopharmacologists, Merkin fearlessly offers what the child psychiatrist Harold Koplewicz calls “the inside view of navigating a chronic psychiatric illness to a realistic outcome.” The arc of Merkin’s affliction is lifelong, beginning in a childhood largely bereft of love and stretching into the present, where Merkin lives a high-functioning life and her depression is manageable, if not “cured.” “The opposite of depression,” she writes with characteristic insight, “is not a state of unimaginable happiness . . . but a state of relative all-right-ness.” In this dark yet vital memoir, Merkin describes not only the harrowing sorrow that she has known all her life, but also her early, redemptive love of reading and gradual emergence as a writer. Written with an acute understanding of the ways in which her condition has evolved as well as affected those around her, This Close to Happy is an utterly candid coming-to-terms with an illness that many share but few talk about, one that remains shrouded in stigma. In the words of the distinguished psychologist Carol Gilligan, “It brings a stunningly perceptive voice into the forefront of the conversation about depression, one that is both reassuring and revelatory.”