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Recommendations Round-up: Chronic Illness

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Each month, we publish a list of recommendations related to our current theme for further reading. These recommendations are sourced from the DBC community.

Thank you for such excellent suggestions for our February 2018 theme of Chronic Illness! Overall, we received 33 unique recommendations: 13 fiction and 20 nonfiction. Note that for this theme, our children's lit moderators were not able to find titles that meet our quality standards, and we did not receive any recommendations from our members for this audience.

I've compiled the titles here by type, then by fiction and nonfiction. Asterisks mark our selections for the month! What will you add to your TBR? 


Nonfiction (20)

  • 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life, by Cami Walker
  • Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me, by Ally Hilfiger
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, by Susannah Cahalan
  • Breaking Eggs: Finding New Meaning with Chronic Illness, by Lucia Amsden
  • Chocolate  Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache that Wouldn't Go Away, by Jennette Fulda
  • How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers, by Toni Bernhard
  • How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide, by Toni Bernhard
  • In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America, by Laurie Edwards
  • Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine, by Michele Lent Hirsch
  • Life Disrupted: Getting Real about Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties, by Laurie Edwards
  • My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: A Memoir, by Amy Silverstein
  • Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired: Living with Invisible Chronic Illness, by Paul J. Donoghue
  • The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness, by Jerome Groopman
  • The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life, by Jeffrey S. Bland
  • The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
  • The Widening Circle: A Lyme Disease Pioneer Tells Her Story, by Polly Murray
  • The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family, by Josh Hanagarne
  • We Are Never Meeting In Real Life, by Samantha Irby
  • When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, by Leana Wen
  • You Don't Look Sick!: Living Well with Invisible Chronic Illness, by  Joy H. Selak

Fiction (5)

  • Inside the O'Briens, by Lisa Genova
  • Left Neglected, by Lisa Genova
  • Still Alice, by Lisa Genova
  • Moloka'i, by Alan Brennert
  • The Freedom Broker, by K.J. Howe

Young Adult

Fiction (5)

  • Braced, by Alyson Gerber
  • Carve the Mark, by Veronica Roth
  • Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon
  • Jerk, California, by Jonathan Friesen
  • The Defectives, by Burgandi Rakoska

Middle Grade

Fiction (2)

  • Caleb and Kit, by Beth Vrabel*
  • Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, by Dusti Bowling

Graphic Novels

Fiction (1)

  • Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier