January First

January First

A Child's Descent Into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her

Book - 2011
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A brilliant and harrowingly honest memoir, this is the extraordinary story of a father's fight to save his child from an extremely severe case of mental illness in the face of overwhelming adversity.
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307719089
Branch Call Number: 618.9289 Sch
Characteristics: 291 p. ; 22 cm.


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ArapahoeCarol Dec 02, 2016

I agree with AL_KATI. This story, while profoundly sad and heartbreaking, is so well written that you don't want to put it down until you know how the story ends. You keep hoping that someone, somewhere will give this poor family a break and help their child.

ArapahoeKati Oct 19, 2016

This book was so engrossing that I was literally angry when I was interrupted while reading it. It's that good.

Jul 31, 2014

Very interesting and very heart-wrenching book about the family's struggle to deal with and diagnose their child's mental illness. One thing that bothered me is that it seems like this child never ate anything healthy, ever. All she seemed to eat was Burger King, Pizza Kitchen and ready made mac and cheese….all those additives… I found this disturbing that they wouldn't make sure that her body was healthy at least. All they were concerned about was her mind.

Feb 10, 2014

Well written book, I had seen her story on The Dr. Phil show awhile back, finally found a copy at my local library. After reading this, I have a better understand of mental illness.

JCLColleenO Aug 31, 2013

I've watched this family on their two Discovery Health/TLC TV shows, dealing with their daughter January's schizophrenia. What this family has had to go through has been amazing. The book covered January's early years, when they had to fight for a diagnosis. It was interesting to hear this part of the story, to know what they had gone through to get the diagnosis before you saw them on the TV show.

Oct 24, 2012

Very strong writing, incredible story. The author (father of the child) can be abrasive and almost brutal in his anxiety and fear for his little girl. He tends, as does his wife, to lash out at others, repeatedly referring to them idiots and morons, and although I can understand his frustration, it's also very unfair and crude to attack teachers and medical staff this way. These people are just as confused about his child as he is, which is something he and his wife seemingly can't understand. The anger he portrays makes it difficult at times to like him, but when you read about the his own struggles with depression and rage, it all becomes more understandable. To be honest, I feel a lot more compassion towards his other child, Bodhi, and I wonder how Bodhi will react to certain parts of his dad's narrative when he's old enough to read the book.

VanessaCCL Oct 16, 2012

"When she was just six, January Schofield's extremely odd behavior was diagnosed as child-onset schizophrenia, and her family descended into a heart-wrenching struggle to find treatment that would allow her to live a relatively normal life. Her father, Michael Schofield, an English professor at Cal State Northridge, describes not only Jani's dangerous condition but his own despair and the effects on his wife and their son. This distressing saga offers a detailed personal view of the challenges that severe mental illness can inflict on patients and their families." From Next Reads Biography & Memoir October 2012 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=559052

Sep 05, 2012

This one is about a schizophrenic child and is so well written I think you will enjoy reading it. It is a sad story and at times you want to scream at the father but also feel so sorry for all of them.

Cawood1961 Aug 26, 2012

One of the best books I have read in awhile. Very well written. Good book.


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