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Illness / August 1, 2017

Here is a list of recommended readings for those directly or indirectly dealing with mental illness. Check back from time to time for updates.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds
The Virgin Suicides by Jefferey Eugenides

Memoirs and Non-Fiction

Tender is the Night: A Romance by F. Scott Fitzgerald
My Sister’s Keeper by M. Mooreman
The Years of Silence Are Past: My Father’s Life with Bipolar Disorder by S.P. Hinshaw
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg
Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness by Pete Earley
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron
An Unquiet Mind by Kay Jamison
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon
A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania by Andy Behrman
The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester
The Anxiety Expert: A Psychiatrists Story of Panic by Marjorie Raskin
The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness by Lori Schiller and Amanda Bennett
Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface by Martha Manning
Daughter of the Queen of Sheba: A Memoir by Jacki Lyden
Welcome to My Country: Journeys into the World of a Therapist and Her Patients by Lauren Slater
What Becomes of the Brokenhearted: A Memoir by E. Lynn Harris
Fountain House: Portraits of Lives Reclaimed from Mental Illness by Mark Glickman and Mary Flannery
The Outsider: A Journey Into My Father’s Struggle with Madness by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Source: www.gallatinmentalhealth.org