This is one of the most authentic books in nonfiction I've read in the last five years. There is nuance growing out of this book's spine - intricacies of the U.S. legal system and problems that arise in courtrooms and prisons, the imperfections of parents that many parents would deny apply to them, politics within all levels of the education system in Wisconsin (the author's place of residence), and raw, honest life stories of the author's experiences in parenthood, marriage, mental illness, and more. With gripping storytelling, attentive and strategic metaphors, and extremely vivid descriptions, there's no doubt anyone else might get as sucked into reading this book as I did.
The diverse resonance of this book for all sorts of readers is undeniable. This book appeals to any parent or any academic reader/writer. It appeals to anyone who works or is experienced with the mental health industry and research. There is nothing more human than imperfection, which Baker illustrates time and time again in her debut memoir.