The Fog of Paranoia: A Sister's Journey Through Her Brother's Schizophrenia

Sarah Rae
Sarah Rae. Rowman & Littlefield, $33.99 (228p) ISBN 978-1-4422-2064-5
Reviewed on: 12/23/2013
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While geared toward those—including the author herself—whose lives have been disrupted and altered by a loved one's schizophrenia, this book has wide appeal thanks to its readability and personable voice. Combing through her past with candor, Rae attempts to piece together clues to her brother's declining mental state while placing her personal narrative into a broader societal context. Rae is curious but never overbearing. She aims to debunk the stereotypes surrounding schizophrenia, but also celebrate her brother as he once was and sometimes still is. Meanwhile, she critiques the American healthcare system and the shortcomings of psychologists. The book is often touching, and one comes to know Rae well through her memories and analyses. This, combined with its reassuring tone and useful reference material, places this book among the necessary reads for those trying to come to terms with an often-misunderstood condition. (Aug.)
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