A selection of reviewer and reader comments on When Quietness Came: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey With Schizophrenia.

“…important contributions to a worthy cause, the cause of respecting the humanity of people whose brains sometimes work differently than the majority…Perhaps eventually these books written by people with inside experience as well as scientific training will influence not only the people who are striving to overcome these afflictions but the people who work with them in treatment.”

–Sandra Shwayder Sanchez Read the full review at BookPleasures.

“An amazing book. Having recently had a family member diagnosed with Schizophrenia I felt the need to learn as much as I can from somebody who has been there. I was depressed after reading the book because it made me aware of just how much these people suffer but it also gave me hope that, with correct medication, my loved one will be able to live a relatively normal life.”

– online review at

“This vividly written new memoir plunges us into the painful experiences of psychosis. Erin's long journey to learn to manage the symptoms of schizophrenia is an eye opener not only about the challenges of living with such a difficult brain disorder. It also shows us how much goes wrong in the mental health system in British Columbia both within and outside of hospital care. This should be required reading for all psychiatry residents, psych nursing students, and other mental health professionals who want to improve the experiences we offer to people in the throes of severe mental illnesses.”

– review by Susan Inman, author of After Her Brain Broke

“I am a retired RN who has worked in the mental health field for more than 30 years, and I learned from this book. It helped me to better understand why clients stop taking their medication after discharge and reasons, besides being suicidal, why clients try to harm themselves. I feel that it should be required reading for students planning to work in the mental health field.”

– online review at

A selection of comments about When Neurons Tell Stories: A Layman's Guide to the Neuroscience of Mental Illness and Health.

“This new book (When Neurons Tell Stories) by Erin Hawkes-Emiru (inspired by the work of Oliver Saks) brings neuroscience to life by postulating why neuroanatomy and neurochemicals matter when you are living with mental illness and addiction."

–Preface to interview on The Authors Show - listen here