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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,967 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Solomon Narrator: Andrew Solomon Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, National Book Award winner Andrew Solomon takes readers on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Nonfiction
  • One of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth Zander | 2/14/2014

    " Interesting in that it was bizarre and unbelievable and that it won the National Book Award. And now that I'm perusing Solomon's latest, "Far From the Tree," I'm even more persuaded that he jests, or embellishes, or hallucinates; but then, he is handsome, a bestseller, a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Cornell University and Special Adviser on LGBT Affairs to Yale University's Department of Psychiatry, so who am I to say he's not legit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Casey | 2/10/2014

    " Required reading for anyone who has a family member with depression or who is the field, even if you believe yourself to be well versed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amri | 2/2/2014

    " This is a huge book about depression. Well-researched, well-written. Tender, personal, frank, persuasive. This is my second time to read it. The first time in 2002 I think. Sometimes it's overwhelming and makes me cry because depression seems so insurmountable to me but it's so intimate and so informative. A worthwhile read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/24/2014

    " Do not read this while in the midst of a depressive episode. It describes the feeling of being in the grip of the Black Dog so well that as I read it I had to keep stopping and reminding myself this is a book. It is also exquisitely organized, looking at depression from a variety of different perspectives, while never giving one priority. Solomon's point-of-view happens to coincide with my own, by and large, so I wasn't as irritated by his interjections of his own beliefs as I might have been. "

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