by Evander Lomke on
AMHF Books has received two recent and superb notices of its books from Midwest Book Review.
The first is for There’s No Handle on My Door: Stories of Patients in Mental Hospitals by Dr. Henry Kellerman (who is pictured)
“In There’s No Handle on My Door, Henry Kellerman probes institutional life through nine fascinating profiles. In Kellerman’s own words: ‘The unalloyed truth is that I’m in thrall to idiosyncrasy. It possibly could be said that I actually love pathology. Well, let me explain: It’s that I love to be near it, to see it, to observe it with a clinical eye. I feel strongly sympathetic toward people who are severely and emotionally and psychologically ill. I see pathology as an expressionist and Cubist rendition of reality.’ There’s No Handle on My Door reveals and illustrates how Dr. Kellerman deals with the delusional, the unusual and strange, in a modern setting. Critique: Impressive, memorable, informative, candid, thought-provoking, exceptionally well written, organized and presented, There’s No Handle on My Door is very highly recommended for both community and library Mental Health & Psychology collections. For personal reading lists, it should be noted that There’s No Handle on My Door is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99). Reviewer: Susan Bethany.”
Following is the second Midwest Book Review notice for Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk
“Shootings. Stabbings. Rapes. Acts of terror. All to many of us think that these can’t happen wherever we might happen to live, work and play. But they do. However, are these truly random events? Can this violence ever be stopped? Can it be prevented? Can we at least reduce the risk? Violence… examines the subject through key chapters revised as necessary to bring the subject up to the minute drawn from the previous books by Raymond Flannery, Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry (Part Time), Harvard Medical School; University of Massachusetts Medical School). Professor Flannery is among those at the forefront, studying the effects of violence and posttraumatic stress disorder. The information here highlights the significant findings in this research, over the past quarter-century, on topics of psychological trauma, PTSD, and its victims. Professor Flannery’s intent and purpose in publishing Violence is to reduce the suffering and save lives. Critique: Impressively informed and informative, exceptionally well written, organized and presented, Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk is a compellingly thoughtful and thought-provoking read from beginning to end. Very highly recommended for both community and academic library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that Violence is also available in a paperback edition ($15.00) and in a Kindle format ($6.99). [There is a hardcover edition available for $125.] Reviewer: Micah Andrew (Micah’s Bookshelf)”