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By Jack Kerouac

In his first frankly autobiographical paintings, Jack Kerouac tells the exhilarating tale fo the years whilst he was once writing the books that captivated and infuriated the general public, stressed years of wandering in which he labored as a railway brakeman in California, a steward on a tramp steamer, and a fireplace lookout at the crest of Desolation top within the Cascde Mountains.

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The experiences of childhood and adolescence can profoundly shape a person’s life. But we’re also more and more aware of the other forces that contribute, from genetics to biology to the influence of peers and the media. —can effectively support a child through one of the most hellish experiences of his or her life. So this book is for the families whose children struggle not just with eating disorders but with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, bipolar disorder, and so many other illnesses that change the nature of a family’s life forever.

Tell me what’s wrong,” I said to Kitty, propping the kickstand. ” We sat down on the garage floor, surrounded by stacks of skis and bikes, garden tools, piles of the boards Jamie used to make furniture. Kitty laid her head in my lap the way she used to when she was a toddler. Lately she’d been both insecure and clingy. She reached for my hand constantly, wanting to link arms, walk in step. She hovered when I cooked dinner. Was this normal, I wondered? Weren’t fourteen-year-olds supposed to be pulling away?

My brain seems to divide as I drive, so that while part of me is watching the road, hitting the gas and brake, another part is thinking Don’t die. Please don’t die. The triage nurse is waiting when we hustle into the emergency room. She has my daughter on a gurney, sweatshirt off, hooked up to the EKG machine, within minutes. Kitty trembles in the hospital air-conditioning, goose bumps rising along arms so thin they look like Popsicle sticks. She clutches my hand, the sharp bones of her fingers leaving bruises, as the nurse applies goo and deftly arranges the sensors across her chest.

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