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January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her | [Michael Schofield]

January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her

January First is a brilliant and harrowingly honest memoir. The story of Michael Schofield's daughter January's descent into scizophrenia, and her family's struggle to save her, will fascinate and move listeners. January First is the extraordinary story of a father's fight to save his child from an extremely severe case of mental illness in the face of overwhelming adversity.
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Publisher's Summary

January First is a brilliant and harrowingly honest memoir. The story of Michael Schofield's daughter January's descent into scizophrenia, and her family's struggle to save her, will fascinate and move listeners. January First is the extraordinary story of a father's fight to save his child from an extremely severe case of mental illness in the face of overwhelming adversity.

©2012 Michael Schofield (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"An unflinching portrait of the scourge of mental illness." (Kirkus)

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    Daina 09-25-12
    Daina 09-25-12 Member Since 2010

    67 year old artist/filmmaker.

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    "Jani is Interesting!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Surely. It's fascinating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humanity of it.


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    All of it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nope. I don't have extreme reactions at all, I'm an Aspergian.


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    Karla Huntsman Utah 11-12-12
    Karla Huntsman Utah 11-12-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Gripping, intense, amazing story"

    This is an amazing story of an incredibly bright girl caught in the grip of severe mental illness and her family's efforts to deal with heartbreaking choices. The story moves quickly and kept me interested...in fact, I was starting to wish my commute was a little longer so that I could kep listening! The narrator does a great job capturing the emotional trauma of the book's author.

    If you found yourself fascinated by "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden", you will love this book. If you love stories of how families persist in the face of challenges, you will love this book. If mental illness and its description makes you uncomfortable; if you want everything to turn out rosy for everybody no matter what...you may want to skip this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 12-20-14
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 12-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Please tell me this father stops enabling!!"

    I'm only an hour into this..,don't know if I can continue listening to this overindulging, enabling, father who needed/needs a huge lesson in parenting !! What doesn't he get about how horribly he's handling his daughter. I'm not into hitting children, but in certain circumstances a swift spank on the bottom is necessary and in his case very necessary! He's allowing Jani to hurt his wife,himself, the baby, etc. without any consequences. That child is controlling him, the house and everything around her...whew, unbelievable! I'm only hoping, if I can continue, he gets the help he needs. I write a new review if he does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marian La Palma, CA, United States 11-13-14
    Marian La Palma, CA, United States 11-13-14 Member Since 2013

    Avid listener ! Sucker for romance and memoirs

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    "Worth a thousand credit 👌👍"

    I finished the book in one day !! One of the best books I have bought , in fact I don't want the book to finish. I feel for the parents of Jenny but I feel sorry for the dad michael, he's in denial . Jenny needs professional help .
    By the way , the narrator is really good , he brought so much life into the characters 👍

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs.Morgan United States 08-14-13
    Mrs.Morgan United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2007

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    What did you like best about January First? What did you like least?

    Mom


    What was one of the most memorable moments of January First?

    January guessing at reason for time out


    Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Lawlor’s performances?

    Not if I can help it


    Did January First inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting study in Father Obsessiveness. Thank God he was there to save the day. Gee if someone just listened to mom, there would have been no story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gingerbread 01-27-13
    gingerbread 01-27-13

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    "a must listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I heard about this book on NPR. It is an incredible story which taught me so much about schizophrenia and families that must deal with not only the disease but the obstacles our society places in the way of loving families trying to cope. Once you start you will not be able to stop listening. It is a true tragic story that reads like a great piece of fiction.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me very thoughtful and very grateful !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine CARMICHAEL, CALIFORNIA, United States 11-26-12
    Christine CARMICHAEL, CALIFORNIA, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An amazing read!"
    Where does January First rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the most interesting books I have read, gives a sense of what it is like to care for a young child with severe mental illness.


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Lawlor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't, so can't compare!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I had a lot of sympathy for January and her parents. At times their is heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time


    Any additional comments?

    Brings about awareness of childhood onset scizophrenia and other mental illness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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