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Author: Gail A. Hornstein Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781596594364
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In a Victorian-era German asylum, seamstress Agnes Richter painstakingly stitched a mysterious autobiographical text into every inch of the jacket she created from her institutional uniform. Despite every attempt to silence them, hundreds of other patients have managed to get their stories out, at least in disguised form. Today, in a vibrant underground net-work of “psychiatric survivor groups” all over the world, patients work together to unravel the mysteries of madness and help one another re-cover. Optimistic, courageous, and surprising, Agnes’s Jacket takes us from a code-cracking bunker during World War II to the church basements and treatment centers where a whole new way of understanding the mind has begun to take form. A vast gulf exists between the way medicine explains psychiatric illness and the experiences of those who suffer. Hornstein’s luminous work helps us bridge that gulf, guiding us through the inner lives of those diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar illness, depression, and paranoia and emerging with nothing less than a new model for understanding one another and ourselves. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 8/18/2012

    " A good follow up to Anatomy of an Epidemic.. "

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    " England appears to be way ahead of the US in terms of helping and accepting people with mental illness. Built into the health system is compassion and real help. Although this book focuses on voice hearers it does touch on other areas of mental health. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 5/2/2011

    " This is a really interesting book & worth reading if you are interested in understanding mental illnesses from other than mainstream perspectives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 May | 10/16/2010

    " Very interesting look at people who hear voices and the Voice Hearers Network in Britain. Comes to the revolutionary discovery that listening to people talk about the voices they hear may be more beneficial for people than locking them up and drugging them to mindlessness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 5/28/2010

    " A must read for anyone in the field of psychology "

About the Author

Gail A. Hornstein is a professor of psychology at Mount Holyoke College and the author of To Redeem One Person is to Redeem the World, the widely praised biography of pioneering psychiatrist Frieda Fromm-Reichmann. She divides her time between Holyoke, Massachusetts, and London.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. She has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”