Metuchen Resident Authors Book, “A Legacy of Madness”

METUCHEN — A Rutgers journalism professor who lives in Metuchen, Tom Davis, authored the book “A Legacy of Madness: Recovering My Family From Generations of Mental Illness,” which is being released on Oct. 3.

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and ex-Gov. Richard Codey, who are both nationally known for championing mental health causes, each recommended the volume.

The book’s description from the publisher’s website says:

“Dorothy Winans ‘Dede’ Davis had worried, fussed, and obsessed for the last time. Her heart stopped beating in a fit of anxiety, soon after her wobbly legs gave way. Helplessly self-absorbed and severely obsessive compulsive, Dede led a tormented life. She had moved from nursing home to mental institution in recent years, but what really caused her death?

“he story of a loving family coming to grips with its own fragilities, ‘A Legacy of Madness’ relays Tom Davis’s journey to uncover, and ultimately understand, the history of mental illness that led generations of his suburban American family to their demise. In the end, we witness Davis’s powerful transition as he makes peace with the past and heals through forgiveness and compassion for his family—and himself.”

Davis is planning a number of book signings and public readings in support of his work during October and November. For more information, visit

To find out where to purchase Davis’ book, visit

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