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Episode 5: Stephen Hinshaw

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Psychology professor Stephen Hinshaw, author of Another Kind of Madness, a memoir of mental illness in his own family, discusses the books closest to his heart. Some deal directly with mental illness, like Jeanette Walls' The Glass Castle and William Styron's account of his own depression, Darkness Visible. Some deal with wrenching moral dilemmas, like Beloved and Sophie's Choice. And he draws it all together with E. O. Wilson's Consilience, which seeks to unify all knowledge.

Bio: Stephen Hinshaw is professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. His work focuses on child and adolescent psychology and developmental psychopathology, specializing in ADHD and similar behavioral disorders. Professor Hinshaw's recent book, Another Kind of Madness, connects the personal to the professional, recounting the stigma and distress of mental illness in his own family.

Dr. Hinshaw's eight books:

  1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  2. Darkness Visible by William Styron
  3. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  4. Underworld by Don DeLillo
  5. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  6. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre
  7. T. C. Boyle Stories II by T. C. Boyle
  8. Consilience by E. O. Wilson