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
"An unflinching portrait of the scourge of mental illness." (Kirkus)
67 year old artist/filmmaker.
Surely. It's fascinating.
The humanity of it.
All of it.
Nope. I don't have extreme reactions at all, I'm an Aspergian.
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.
It is unusual for me to write a review; this one is begging for comments. There is no doubt that Jani has a serious mental diagnosis, and she is extremely difficult to tolerate and control. But I think the parents exacerbate the problems on almost every page. If the girl is awake, they wish she would sleep. If she is asleep, they wake her up. They try for months to get her hospitalized, but their memories are short, for upon hospitalization, they become sappy and want to bring her home. Her dad is never happy just to let her be. It is no wonder that the problems escalate over time.
Lawlor's delivery is typical. His emphasis becomes a little tiresome.
Avid listener ! Sucker for romance and memoirs
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 👍
January guessing at reason for time out
Not if I can help it
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.
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.
It made me very thoughtful and very grateful !
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.
No, I haven't, so can't compare!
Yes, I had a lot of sympathy for January and her parents. At times their is heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time
Brings about awareness of childhood onset scizophrenia and other mental illness.
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