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Growing up, we all think our brothers and sisters are crazy. I remember my bro sawing apart 12-gauge shells for their gunpowder, compiling his bounty, sparking a match, and just barely diving away from the bonfire-size flash of light in time. Boys do that stuff. Kids are nutty by nature, just as teens are expert brooders. But when a young Clea Simon found her Harvard-bound brother standing totally nude in their hallway, with a dazed, “beatific smile on his face,” and his member at full salute, she realized, in retrospect, that that was when schizophrenia made its first distinct appearance in her family. Soon after, her sister was diagnosed with the same disease, leaving Simon the only well child. She documents her family’s troubled history, a trendy subject in the publishing world, in Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings. Simon reads at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 364-1919. (Christopher Porter)