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How We Got Barb Back


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Margaret Hawkins teaches writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was an art critic for the Chicago SunTimes for more than two decades. She is also a Chicago correspondent for ARTnews. Her essays have appeared in a variety of national publications. Her debut novel, A Year of Cats and Dogs, published last year to strong reviews and her new novel, How to Survive a Natural Disaster, publishes this fall.
Carolyn S. Spiro, MD is a coauthor of Divided Minds.


"A moving yet downtoearth portrayal of what's it like to live with a serious mental illness. Hawkins affirms the hope of recovery for millions of others like Barb." Linda Rosenberg, MSW, President and CEO, National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare--Reviews
"What we see so vividly through these pages is that mental illness is treatable, the biggest obstacle being fear and ignorance." Richard K Baer, MD, author of Switching Time--Reviews
"Lives that seem so promising and so hopeful can be forever changed by mental illness, but How We Got Barb Back shows us that the change isn't necessarily forever and that there is so much reason to hope." Alison K. Malmon, founder and executive director, Active Minds, Inc.--Reviews
"This is a heartwarming story of a family's struggle to come to terms with severe mental illness and find hope and love on the other side. What it shows us, once again, is that most of what we think we know about mental illness is just plain wrong." Mark Vonnegut--Reviews
"This rare story should inspire America's 3 million affected families to keep the faith." Patrick Tracey, author of Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family's Schizophrenia--Reviews

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