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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,963 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Solomon Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged 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

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

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kim Moore | 2/20/2014

    " this is fascinating if you have ever wondered about mental illness....some parts are intense and a little dry "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Casey | 2/16/2014

    " 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 Willner9 | 2/12/2014

    " Much like Don McLean and Roberta Flack, Andrew Solomon was killing me softly with his songs in this book. This in depth history of depression interwoven with the author's accounts of his own suffering is brilliant and worthy of the seal of approval. Reminisicent of the beautiful Acedia and Me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peggy | 2/9/2014

    " Really helped me understand depression. The symptoms are different from what I expected. I thought being depressed had something to do with sadness. It's more like being unable to function. "

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