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Humboldt Reads!

October 19, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

An informal dinner and book discussion.

Please join us for our October Humboldt Reads!

This month’s selection is Sentenced to Life: The Mark Becker Story by Joan Becker.

Travel with one heartbroken family as they struggle to find help for their son, face unspeakable tragedy, receive unexpected forgiveness, and deal with the aftermath of a child whose mental health issued ended in calamity … and transformation.  Discover the confidence that buoys author Joan Becker and her family as they push for reform in the broken mental health system before more lives are ruined.  Their story offers hope, help, and heartfelt compassion.

“On June 24, 2009, Parkersburg, Iowa, lost a pillar of its tight-knit community. Joan and Dave Becker lost a dear friend – as well as the hopes and dreams they held for their middle son, Mark. In ‘Sentenced to Life’ Joan Becker portrays one family’s journey down the dark corridor of mental illness. The result is a chilling and compelling account of the events that led to the tragic outcome of that horrific morning. The anguish and sense of helplessness Becker chronicles shine a bright light on a failed mental health system in hopes of preventing similar catastrophes.”
Vin Cannemela ESPN e:60 Producer, Heartland.

Joan Becker lives in rural Iowa with her husband of 35 years, David Becker. They have three sons, Brad (Jackie), Scott (Nikki), and Mark. Joan is committed to following her passion to advocate for individuals who have mental illness. She and Dave believe God wants them to share their family’s story about Mark and the experience their family had of coping with Paranoid Schizophrenia in the hope that it will help other families, caregivers, and professionals understand how they can make a difference in moving forward and improving our mental health system.

Thursday, October 19th, 5:30 pm at Pasquale’s in Humboldt, IA.  Attendees pay for their meal choice.

No pre-registration or monthly commitment is required.

Attend Humboldt Reads! and you are welcome to a copy of the book by stopping in the library and requesting a copy after joining our discussion.

Please click here for a PDF flyer.

If you have questions,
please call Julie Larsen
at the Humboldt Public Library.


October 19, 2017
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Julie Larsen


Pasquale’s Italian Restaurant
607 13th St N
Humboldt, IA 50548 United States
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(515) 332-1736