by Robert Kolker 

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don’s work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins–aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony–and they worked hard to play their parts.

Interview with the Author

The Book Review
Robert Kolker Discusses ‘Hidden Valley Road’
4/10/20       55 min

Town Hall Seattle Science Series
128. Robert Kolker with Dr. David Eagleman: The Extraordinary History of Schizophrenia in One Family
3/24/21      59 min

New Books Network
Robert Kolker, “Hidden Valley Road: Inside The Mind of An American Family” (Doubleday, 2020)
9/21/20       46 min

Keen On
Robert Kolker on the Strengths and Weaknesses of the American Family
12/9/20       35 min

a16z Podcast
The Story of Schizophrenia
4/7/20       38 min

Podcast art for Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI Radio in New YorkLeonard Lopate at Large on WBAI Radio in New York
Robert Kolker on his latest book Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family
5/18/20           53 min

CBS This Morning
Oprah’s Latest Book Club Pick Takes Readers Inside the Mind of an American Family
4/20/20       25 min

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