The Lives They Left Behind

Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic

Author: Darby Penney

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458765989

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 5128

More than four hundred abandoned suitcases filled with patients' belongings were found when Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995 after 125 years of operation. In this fully-illustrated social history, they are skillfully examined and compared to the written record to create a moving-and devastating-group portrait of twentieth-century American psychiatric care.

The Lives They Left Behind

Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic

Author: Darby Penney,Peter Stastny

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781934137147

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 205

View: 3983

"By the time of its closing in 1995 after 126 years of operation, Willard Psychiatric Center, overlooking Seneca Lake in upstate New York, had been home to over 54,000 people; some had been released to their former communities after years of institutionalization, but many more had died there. If not for the discovery of more than 400 suitcases filled with patients? belongings in the hospital attic, which led to a 2004 exhibit at the New York State Museum in Albany that attracted more than 300,000 visitors and now to this book, their lives would have been lost to history. In The Lives They Left Behind, the contents of 10 of these suitcases are skillfully examined and compared to the written record to create a moving?and devastating?group portrait of 20th century American psychiatric care. Far richer and more complex lives than indicated by the hospital records alone emerge from a wide array of personal effects?letters to loved ones, photographs of school chums and foreign travels, knickknacks, religious tracts, a christening gown, professional photographic equipment, a delicate hand-painted bone china teacup and saucer." -- Publisher's website.

The Lives They Left Behind

Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic

Author: Darby Penney,Peter Stastny

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781934137079

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 205

View: 775

"The Lives They Left Behind is a deeply moving testament to the human side of mental illness, and of the narrow margin which so often separates the sane from the mad. It is a remarkable portrait, too, of the life of a psychiatric asylum--the sort of community in which, for better and for worse, hundreds of thousands of people lived out their lives. Darby Penney and Peter Stastny's careful historical (almost archaeological) and biographical reconstructions give us unique insight into these lives which would otherwise be lost and, indeed, unimaginable to the rest of us."--Oliver Sacks, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia University Artist, and author of Musicophilia "The haunting thing about the suitcase owners is that it's so easy to identify with them."--Newsweek "In their poignant detail the items helped rescue these individuals from the dark sprawl of anonymity."--The New York Times "[The authors] spent 10 years piecing together . . . the lives these patients lived before they were nightmarishly stripped of their identities."--Newsday More than four hundred abandoned suitcases filled with patients' belongings were found when Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995 after 125 years of operation. They are skillfully examined here and compared to the written record to create a moving--and devastating--group portrait of twentieth-century American psychiatric care.

Women of the Asylum

Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945

Author: Jeffrey L. Geller,Maxine Harris

Publisher: Doubleday

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 349

View: 9135

Accounts by women placed in asylums from 1840 to 1945 provide a chilling study of psychiatric institutions and attitudes toward women

What She Left Behind

Author: Ellen Marie Wiseman

Publisher: Kensington Books

ISBN: 0758278462

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 9507

In this stunning new novel, the acclaimed author of The Plum Tree merges the past and present into a haunting story about the nature of love and loyalty--and the lengths we will go to protect those who need us most. Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloging items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past. Clara Cartwright, eighteen years old in 1929, is caught between her overbearing parents and her love for an Italian immigrant. Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage, Clara's father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids. But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash, he can no longer afford her care--and Clara is committed to the public asylum. Even as Izzy deals with the challenges of yet another new beginning, Clara's story keeps drawing her into the past. If Clara was never really mentally ill, could something else explain her own mother's violent act? Piecing together Clara's fate compels Izzy to re-examine her own choices--with shocking and unexpected results. Illuminating and provocative, What She Left Behind is a masterful novel about the yearning to belong--and the mysteries that can belie even the most ordinary life. Praise For Ellen Marie Wiseman's The Plum Tree "Ellen Marie Wiseman's provocative and realistic images of a small German village are exquisite. The Plum Tree will find good company on the shelves of those who appreciated Skeletons at the Feast, by Chris Bohjalian, Sarah's Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay, and Night, by Elie Wiesel." --NY Journal of Books "The meticulous hand-crafted detail and emotional intensity of The Plum Tree immersed me in Germany during its darkest hours and the ordeals its citizens had to face. A must-read for WWII Fiction aficionados--and any reader who loves a transporting story." --Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us "Wiseman eschews the genre's usual military conflicts of daily life during wartime, lending an intimate and compelling poignancy to this intriguing debut." --Publishers Weekly "Ellen Marie Wiseman weaves a story of intrigue, terror, and love from a perspective not often seen in Holocaust novels." --Jewish Book World "A haunting and beautiful debut novel." --Anna Jean Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August

The Lives She Left Behind

A beautifully written and compelling time-slip novel

Author: James Long

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471142981

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 9412

One of the most brilliant timeslip novels ever written,The Lives She Left Behind will appeal to fans of The Time Traveller's Wife and Life After Life - and, of course, Ferney. In a Somerset village, a teenage boy confronts a teacher with a story he should know nothing about. The boy's impossible knowledge uncovers memories Michael Martin has done his utmost to forget - and soon propels him into danger. As Martin confronts his past once more, three girls arrive in the village of Pen Selwood, one of them drawn by an ancient instinct to find a man called Ferney. Her actions reignite a love story, an instinct that cannot be broken, irrespective of the hurt and danger it brings to those around them... A passionate love story that spans the centuries, fall under the spell of Ferney and Gally's enduring romance.

Lives We Leave Behind

Author: Maxine Alertio

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1742532691

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 7849

In July 1915 the hospital ship Maheno leaves Wellington with seventy New Zealand nurses on board. Addie Harrington and Meg Dutton are assigned to the same cabin. Quiet and cautious, Addie is taken aback by her impetuous, fun-loving roommate. The two women seem to have little in common other than a desire to serve their country. But as they care for injured and dying soldiers in Egypt and France, they discover that deep connections can develop under unusual circumstances. When Meg meets British surgeon Wallace Madison, she falls for him immediately and amidst the chaos of overloaded military hospitals they embark on an intense love affair. Addie suspects Wallace has much to hide and fears the relationship will destroy her friend. Maxine Alterio brings a novelist's eye to the startling story of New Zealand's World War I nurses. I was enthralled and moved by the lives of these women and their experiences of war. Laurence Fearnley, award-winning novelist

What She Left Behind

Author: Tracy Bilen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442439521

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 256

View: 1150

In this suspenseful thriller, Sara and her mother are going to secretly escape her abusive father—when her mother mysteriously disappears. Sara and her mom have a plan to finally escape Sara’s abusive father. But when her mom doesn’t show up as expected, Sara’s terrified. Her father says that she’s on a business trip, but Sara knows he’s lying. Her mom is missing—and her dad had something to do with it. With each day that passes, Sara’s more on edge. Her friends know that something’s wrong, but she won’t endanger anyone else with her secret. And with her dad growing increasingly violent, Sara must figure out what happened to her mom before it’s too late…for them both.

Asylum

Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals

Author: Christopher Payne,Oliver W. Sacks

Publisher: Mit Press

ISBN: 9780262013499

Category: Medical

Page: 209

View: 7121

Powerful photographs of the grand exteriors and crumbling interiors of America's abandoned state mental hospitals.

The Warmth of Other Suns

The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

Author: Isabel Wilkerson

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0679763880

Category: Social Science

Page: 622

View: 1231

Presents an epic history that covers the period from the end of World War I through the 1970s, chronicling the decades-long migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West through the stories of three individuals and their families.

Danvers State

Memoirs of a Nurse in the Asylum

Author: Angelina Szot,Barbara Stilwell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781418491352

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 156

View: 2484

Danvers State gives an insider's view of what really went on at the state run insane asylum. The book provides details about the facility's dark past and the melancholy lives of her inhabitants. It brings to light the harsh treatment of mental illness in decades past.

Romantic Outlaws

The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley

Author: Charlotte Gordon

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

ISBN: 0812980476

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 672

View: 5756

"Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) and her daughter Mary Shelley (1797-1851) have each been the subject of numerous biographies by top tier writers, yet no author has ever examined their lives in tandem. Perhaps this is because these two amazing women never knew each other--Wollstonecraft died of infection at the age of 38, a week after giving birth to her daughter. Nevertheless their lives were closely intertwined, their choices, dreams and tragedies so eerily similar, it seems impossible to consider one without the other: both became famous writers; both fell in love with brilliant but impossible authors; both were single mothers and had children out of wedlock (a shocking and self-destructive act in their day); both broke out of the rigid conventions of their era and lived in exile; and both played important roles in the Romantic era during which they lived. The lives of both Marys were nothing less than extraordinary, providing fabulous material for Charlotte Gordon, a gifted story teller. She seamlessly weaves their lives together in back and forth narratives, taking readers on a vivid journey across Revolutionary France and Victorian England, from the Italian seaports to the highlands of Scotland, in a book that reads like a richly textured historical novel"--

Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America

Author: Vivek Bald

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674070402

Category: History

Page: 318

View: 6952

Nineteenth-century Muslim peddlers arrived at Ellis Island, bags heavy with embroidered silks from their villages in Bengal. Demand for “Oriental goods” took these migrants on a curious path, from New Jersey’s boardwalks into the segregated South. Bald’s history reveals cross-racial affinities below the surface of early twentieth-century America.

Through the Flames

Author: Jerry B. Jenkins,Tim LaHaye

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 9781414379494

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 160

View: 9420

"Judd and Lionel narrowly escape with their lives in a harrowing rescue attempt in an apartment fire set by a murderer."--Back cover.

Nights of Rain and Stars

Author: Maeve Binchy

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780451214461

Category: Fiction

Page: 358

View: 7188

In a small Greek island village, local residents and a group of international travelers are brought together by sudden tragedy, in a story of friendship, dreams, fears, and complicated relationships forever altered by shared experiences. Reprint.

When Home Won't Let Them Stay

A Reporter's Journey Into the Lives of Others

Author: Carol Off

Publisher: Random House Canada

ISBN: 9780345816832

Category:

Page: 304

View: 1529

One of Canada's most respected journalists, As It Happens's Carol Off, relates the gripping story of a family's desperate attempts to escape Afghan warlords, Taliban oppression, and the persecutions of refugee life. In 2002, Carol Off and a CBC TV crew encountered an Afghan man with a story to tell. Asad Aryubwal became a key figure in their documentary on the terrible power of thuggish warlords who were working arm in arm with Americans and NATO troops. When Asad publicly exposed the deeds of one of the warlords, General Abdul Rashid Dostum, it set off a chain of events from which there was no turning back. Asad, his wife, Mobina, and their five children had to flee their home. The family faced an uncertain future. But their dilemma compelled a journalist to cross the lines of disinterested reporting and become deeply involved. Together, they navigated the Byzantine international bureaucracy and the decidedly unwelcoming policies of Stephen Harper's government until the family finally found a new home. Carol Off's powerful account traces not only one family's journey and fraught attempts to immigrate to a safe place, it also illustrates what happens when a journalist becomes irrevocably caught up in the lives of the people in her story and finds herself unable to leave them behind.

Enrique's Journey

The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother

Author: Sonia Nazario

Publisher: Ember

ISBN: 0385743289

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 273

View: 7436

Documents the journey of a Honduran teen who braved hardship and peril to reunite with his mother after she was forced to leave him behind and seek migratory work in the United States.

Madhouse

The Hidden History of Insane Asylums in 19th Century New York

Author: Michael T Keene

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780998850825

Category: History

Page: 178

View: 2731

The history of 15 Insane asylums established in 19th century New York as told through the experiences of the directors, staff, and patients who inhabited them.

The Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry

A History of Misery and Medicine

Author: J.P. Webster

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1625845359

Category: Medical

Page: 176

View: 9847

The Quaker City and its hospitals were pioneers in the field of mental health. Yet by the end of the nineteenth century, its institutions were crowded and patients lived in shocking conditions. The mentally ill were quartered with the dangerously criminal. By 1906, the city had purchased a vast acreage of farmland incorporated into the city, and the Philadelphia Hospital dubbed its new venture Byberry City Farms. From the start, its history was riddled with corruption and committees, investigations and inquests, appropriations and abuse. Yet it is also a story of reform and redemption, of heroes and human dignity--many dedicated staff members did their best to help patients whose mental illnesses were little understood and were stigmatized by society. Join author J.P. Webster as he explores the fascinating and complex history of the Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry.

Ten Days in a Mad-House

Author: Nellie Bly

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 1849895317

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 86

View: 8869

This is the true story of reporter Nellie Bly, who pretends to be insane, and manages to get herself committed into an insane asylum in the USA. This revised second digital edition is a fascinating account, specially formatted for today's e-readers by Andrews UK.