Book List

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

Fiction

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
A Mind That Found Itself: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery by Clifford beers

Reference

Stranger Than Fiction: When Our Minds Betray Us by Marc D. Feldman and Jacqueline M. Feldman
Touched with Fire by Kay Jamison
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Jamison
Extraordinary Relationships by Roberta Gilbert
Out of the Shadows: Confronting America’s Mental Illness Crisis by E. Fuller Torrey
Crossing the Border: Encounters Between Homeless People and Outreach Workers by M. Rowe
The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
Synopsis of Psychiatry by Saddock and Saddock
The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner
The Dance of Intimacy by Harriet Lerner
Women in Therapy by Harriet Lerner
Fear and Other Uninvited Guests by Harriet Lerner
Women’s Moods by Deborah Sichel and Jeanne Driscoll
The Emotional Brain by Joseph LeDoux
The Synaptic Self by Joseph LeDoux
Family Evaluation by Michael Kerr
Alcohol: Cradle to Grave by Eric Newhouse
Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore
Helping Someone with Mental Illness: A Compassionate Guide for Family, Friends, and Caregivers by Rosalynn Carter and Susan Ma Golant
Just Checking by Emily Colas
Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder by Paul T. Mason and Randi Kreger
Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Patients, and Providers by Fuller E. Torry
The Four Agreements; A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom: A Toltec Wisdom Book by Miguel Ruiz and Don Miguel Ruiz
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
Surviving Mental Illness: Stress, Coping, and Adaptation by Agnes B. Hatfield, Ph.D. and Harriet P. Lefley, Ph.D.
Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
How to Cope with Mental Illness in Your Family: A Self-Care Guide for Siblings, Offspring and Parents by Diane T. Marsh, Ph.D. and Rex M. Dickens
Telling Is Risky Business: The Experience of Mental Illness Stigma by Otto F. Wahl
Getting the Love you Want by Harville Hendrix
Receiving Love: Transform Your Relationship by Letting Yourself Be Loved

Kids

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes
Adam and the Magic Marble by Adam & Carol Buehrens
Depression Is the Pits, But I’m Getting Better: A Guide for Adolescents by E. Jane Garland, M.D.
Homemade Books to Help Kids Cope: An Easy to Learn Technique for Parents & Professionals by Robert G. Ziegler, M.D.
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D