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Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy
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Feb 15, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 2011

There is no appropriate category for this book. "I liked it" is wrong, because there is nothing likable about this horrific peek into late nineteenth century Western Wisconsin. I knew of it because my book club had read the novel "A Reliable Wife". The author referenced W. D. T. as source material. For anyone inclined to idealize frontier society, this would be an eye-opener. Living in poverty and isolation, with epidemic disease, seems guaranteed to create mental illness. Among the source material are admission summaries and death notices from a mental hospital. The newspapers covered suicides, trying to explain why people killed themselves. I recommend reading it on a sunny day.
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