Advance Notices

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“This is the book that Ron Powers, one of America’s most elegant chroniclers, vowed he would never write. Too disturbing, too painful, too intimate. His readers are fortunate that he changed his mind. Powers has tackled his most challenging subject yet with erudition, humanity, and courage. By allowing readers into the sanctity of his home, he makes real the toll of mental illness on those who suffer, their families, and the community. No One Cares About Crazy People is an unforgettable, insistent call for a nationwide conversation and action, for embracing our most vulnerable benefits us all.” — Pamela Sakamoto, Author of Midnight in Broad Daylight

“Ron Powers writes eloquently, passionately, and persuasively about the failure to properly treat mental illness in America. What makes this book really powerful is Powers’s personal story-the harrowing, wrenching tale of his two sons wrestling with the unholy demon of schizophrenia.”
— Evan Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Being Nixon

“Whether Ron Powers is writing about Mark Twain, small-town life in the Midwest, the state of television, or crime, his books resonate. Now he has written the book he never wanted to tackle-about the schizophrenia of his sons and the cruel failures of the American mental health establishment.”
— Steve Weinberg, author of Taking on the Trust

“In telling this gripping and deeply personal story, Ron Powers puts chronic mental illness in the broad context of history, society, and public policy. His compelling account helps shake us out of the embarrassment and apathy that have tethered public discourse and lasting action to treat mental illness. Despite fitful progress, real and lasting progress and empathy are still so easily tripped up by ignorance, fear, and unease. Ron Powers explains why we need to move beyond the stigma that still makes progress difficult, and sometimes impossible. The story he tells is not a comfortable one, but it’s an important one.”
— U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

“Ron Powers and his wife never expected to visit the exotic lands of schizophrenia until their two sons became affected. A gifted professional writer, Powers takes the reader along on his explorations as he tries to understand why it happened and what to do. What he finds is “the most dreaded of all human mental disorders.” Very readable and highly recommended.”
E. Fuller Torrey, MD, author of Surviving Schizophrenia