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Recommendations Round-up: Mental Health

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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 May 2018 theme of Mental Health! Overall, we received 68 unique recommendations: 40 fiction and 28 nonfiction

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 (26)

  • A Way Out: A Memoir of Conquering Depression and Social Anxiety, by Michelle Balge
  • Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer's, by B. Smith
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, by Susannah Cahalan
  • Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope Through a Child's Mental Illness, by Virginia Pillars
  • Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness, by Pete Earley
  • Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, by William Styron
  • Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood, by Jennifer Traig
  • Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
  • Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, by Jenny Lawson
  • Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother's Love, by Zack McDermott
  • Heart Berries: A Memoir, by Terese Marie Mailhot
  • Mad Girl, by Bryony Gordon
  • Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill, by Robert Whitaker
  • Mad, Bad, and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors, by Lisa Appignanesi
  • My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward, by Mark Lukach
  • Nowhere Near Normal: A Memoir of OCD, by Traci Foust
  • Reasons to Stay Alive, by Matt Haig
  • Rewind Replay Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, by Jeff Bell
  • Running with Scissors, by Augusten Boroughs 
  • Sectioned: A Life Interrupted, by John O'Donoghue
  • The Buddha and the Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, and Online Dating, by Kiera Van Gelder 
  • The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, by Elyn R. Sacks
  • The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, by David J. Morris 
  • The Glass Eye: A Memoir, by Jeannie Vanasco 
  • The Man Who Couldn't Stop, by David Adam 
  • Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again, by Kimberly Williams-Paisley 

Fiction (18)

  • An Invisible Sign of My Own, by Aimee Bender
  • Dancing on Broken Glass, by Ka Hancock
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
  • Everything Here Is Beautiful, by Mira T. Lee
  • Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella
  • Freshwater, by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett
  • Nobody Is Ever Missing, by Catherine Lacey
  • Perfect, by Rachel Joyce
  • The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
  • The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah
  • The Nest, by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
  • The Pleasure of My Company, by Steve Martin
  • The Promise Between Us, by Barbara Claypole White
  • The Shock of the Fall, by Nathan Filer
  • The Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick
  • The Vegetarian, by Han Kang
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple

Young Adult

Fiction (15)

  • A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
  • All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven
  • Challenger Deep, by Neal Shusterman*
  • Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • Every Last Word, by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • Fig, by Elizabeth Schantz
  • Fangirl, by Rainbow Gowell
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, by Matthew Quick
  • It's Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini
  • Little & Lion, by Brandy Colbert
  • Small as an Elephant, by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
  • Sparrow, by Sarah Moon*
  • The First Time She Drowned, by Kerry Kletter
  • The Weight of Zero, by Karen Fortunati
  • Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green

Middle Grade

Fiction (2)

  • Some Kind of Happiness, by Claire Legrand
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson

Picture Books

Nonfiction (2)

  • Michael Rosen's Sad Book, by Michael Rosen*
  • Visiting Feelings, by Lauren Rubenstein*

Fiction (5)

  • Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have The Wiggle Fidgets, by Barbara Ersham*
  • Noni Is Nervous, by Heather Hartt-Sussman*
  • Our Gracie Aunt, by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Red Tree, by Shaun Tan*
  • The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, by LeVar Burton*