This is the perfect airport book--enthralling but familiar and not terribly deep.
In at least 4 instances in Carrie, an authority figure slaps someone in hysterics and behold! The nut-in-question reconnects with sanity! Every time it happens, it is presented as logical, sane and humanitarian. This is something I've only ever seen in old movies (example: just yesterday I watched as John Wayne slapped an unhinged child in Red River), but I imagine in real life you have to be pretty bold to try this tactic. Maybe I should attempt it the next time a friend or stranger is coming unglued. The trouble will be finding a person who I have authority over. Perhaps I can shake my cat and urge her to get a hold of herself.
I double-dog dare you to find a time where King likens Carrie or Margaret White to something OTHER than the broad body of some automobile or (more frequently) a pathetic creature from the animal kingdom. It is unsubtle, but kind of fun!