A Stone Boat (Paperback)
Plume, 9780452274983, 256pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 1996
Bestselling books by William Styron and Kay Redfield Jamison confirm the intense interest in individual experience of depression. But Solomon, whose 1998 New Yorker article on the subject garnered vast attention, goes much further to confront everything from the challenge of defining the illness and the vast range of available drug treatments to the efficacy of alternative treatments and the impact depression has on various demographic populations. He ponders the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness.
Like Jacques Barzun, Robert Hughes, or Elaine Pagels, Solomon employs a single lens -- depression -- and through it shapes a sweeping work of immense cultural significance. This book will change reader's views of the world.