of the Asylum: Voices From Behind the Walls 1840-1945
Jeffrey L. Geller & Maxine Harris
by Phyllis Chesler
women recount their harrowing experiences in asylums and provide
an insightful and dramatic account of their struggles to survive
life in state institutions.
in the Architecture: A Photographic Elegy to an American Asylum
Wayne State University Press
Johnson supplies an outstanding collection of photographs and
historical information about Traverse City State Hospital. The
narratives of former employees combined with the artistic
photography provide a fantastic inside look at Michigan’s last
remaining albeit renovated Kirkbride asylum.
is Therapy: Memories of the Traverse City State Hospital
Earle E. Steele as told to Kristen Hains
Denali and Co.
Steele recants his experiences growing up on the grounds of
Traverse City State Hospital as the son of Edgar H. Steele,
TCSH’s gardener and florist.
Mr. Steele also shares his experience as an employee of
TCSH, which spanned over 49 years.
Insane: The Rise and Fall of America’s Premier Mental Hospital
detailed and wonderful history of McLean Hospital, America’s
most elite and luxurious asylum. This Massachusetts mental
institution was the asylum of choice for America’s rich and
famous including Sylvia Plath, James Taylor, Ray Charles, and
Susanna Kaysen (author of “Girl, Interrupted”).
Pontiac’s Grand Monument from the Gilded Age
Bruce J. Annett, Jr.
Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society
superb and detailed account of the creation of the now demolished
Eastern Michigan Asylum a.k.a. Clinton Valley Center. Outstanding
photographs and historical information abound in this fantastic
tribute to Michigan’s lost architectural wonder.