BOOK CIRCLE

To provide additional educational opportunities about social issues and the people served by the Giving Circle of HOPE. 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2021 @ 7 PM

via ZOOM

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. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence, hidden abuse. By the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after another, were diagnosed as schizophrenic. How could all this happen to one family?

Browse a sampling of past reads:

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  • The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantu

  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind & Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

  • The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

  • Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild

  • Sing Unburied Sing, A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

  • A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures by Quinn Bradlee

  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

  • Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better by Maya Schenwar

  • Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least by Jessica Jackley

  • Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward

  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

  • A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold & Andrew Solomon

  • Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

  • A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierley

ABOUT US

Initially a fund of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, the Giving Circle of HOPE is a now a chapter of the 100 Who Care Alliance, an organization of over 650 giving circles making an impact in local communities throughout the world. GCH has invested more than $1.35 million dollars in the Northern Virginia community since its founding in 2004. The organization awards 4 grants annually, via a collective giving process, to  local nonprofits with budgets under $1 million.

CONTACT

GCH Guiding Circle

Membership:
Dominique Poirier
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Grants:
Laura Eckhardt
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Phyllis Kohlmann
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Outreach:
Bill Browning
browningwfd@gmail.com

Communications:
Lindsey Marcellin
thegivingcircleofhope@gmail.com

Records:
Lisa Tutterow
lisa_tutterow@yahoo.com

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