It is quite the special book hunting expedition today as we are launching our new reading theme this March and April.
We are looking for titles that deal with the following themes:
- Mental illness in literature
- Emotional disturbance, behavioural issues, difficulties in adjusting well to society
- Portrayal of disabilities or the differently-abled in books: physical disability, learning disorders, etc.
- Grief and depression brought about by bereavement
- Terminal illness, accidents, anything that involves hospitalization
- Stories of recovery, rehabilitation, therapy, counseling, treatment
- Cutting, hurting one’s self, suicide
As we are all psychologists (Fats and Iphigene have been former students of mine as psychology undergraduate students), this topic is of special interest to all of us. It’s actually surprising that it is only now that we have covered this as a reading theme.
Book Hunting From My Own Shelves
First thing I did was to search among the books I already have for possible titles that I can start reading so that I can feature them for our reading theme. And here are a few that I found across different genres:
Shtum by Jem Lester, Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton.
A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard.
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me: A Graphic Novel by Ellen Forney, There’s A Dark Dark Wood Inside My Head by B. Wing.
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier.
I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura.
Harvey by Hervé Bouchard and Janice Nadeau, Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart.
From The Library
One Hundred Names For Love by Diane Ackerman.
When We Collided by Emery Lord.
Aldo’s Fantastical Movie Palace by Jonathan Friesen, As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds.
Rush by Jonathan Friesen, Mayday by Jonathan Friesen.
Six Dots: A Story Of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant and Boris Kulikov.
Just Behave Pablo Picasso by Jonah Winter and pictures by Kevin Hawkes, Knockin’ On Wood Starring Peg Leg Bates by Lynne Barasch.
Psychiatric Tales by Darryl Cunningham, The Inflatable Woman by Rachael Ball, Drawn Together: Uplifting Comics On the Curious Journey Through Life And Love by Leah Pearlman.