Friday, December 12, 2008

The Lives They Left Behind by Darby Penney

This was a great non-fiction book about a psychiatric center in New York. After 125 years in service they were closing up in 1995. While cleaning out they found over 400 suitcases of past patients in the attic of the building containing what few and all of their belongings. This book has 10 stories about 10 of those almost forgotten people and their lives. It is a little sad and depressing to think of these lost souls not having a voice in life, but now in death we can read and learn from these interesting if not troubled people. I really enjoyed this book although sad we must remember it is still history and we can all learn from it.

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