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 Read reviewUnlike the Heart: A Memoir of Brain and Mind

Unlike the Heart: A Memoir of Brain and Mind

Nicola Redhouse

After the birth of her first child, Nicola Redhouse experiences an unrelenting anxiety that quickly overwhelms her. Her immense love for her child can't protect her from the dread that prevents her leaving the house, opening the...

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The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

Esme Weijun Wang

Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award

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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Lori Gottlieb

From a New York Timesbest-selling writer, psychotherapist, and advice columnist, a brilliant and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world--where her patients are in crisis (and so is she) --

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 Read reviewFuriously Happy

Furiously Happy

Jenny Lawson

The poignant and hilarious new memoir by the internationally bestselling author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened.

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 Read reviewHappy Never After

Happy Never After

Jill Stark

Jill Stark was living the dream. She had a coveted job as a senior journalist, she was dating a sports star, and her first book had just become a bestseller. After years of chasing the fairytale ending, she'd finally found it. And...

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The Outrun

The Outrun

Amy Liptrot

A remarkable memoir about recovery from addiction that marks the arrival of a significant new voice in nature writing

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Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness

Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness

Susannah Cahalan

Susannah Cahalan was a happy, clever, healthy twenty-four-year old. Then one day she woke up in hospital, with no memory of what had happened or how she had got there. Everything she had taken for granted about her life, and who...

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Reasons to Stay Alive

Reasons to Stay Alive

Matt Haig

Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny...

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The Heartland: Finding and Losing Schizophrenia

The Heartland: Finding and Losing Schizophrenia

Nathan Filer

A powerful work of non-fiction and the natural sequel to his Costa Book of the Year Award-winning The Shock of the Fall.

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So Sad Today: personal essays

So Sad Today: personal essays

Melissa Broder

So sad today? Many are. Melissa Broder is too. How and why did she get to be so sad? And should she stay sad?

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The Erratics

The Erratics

Vicki Laveau-Harvie

This is a memoir about a dysfunctional family, about a mother and her daughters. But make no mistake. This is like no mother-daughter relationship you know. 

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Mental

Mental

Steve Ellen, Catherine Deveny

It's time to shed the taboos around mental health - this guide helps you take control and be your own expert.

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The Noonday Demon

The Noonday Demon

Andrew Solomon

Like Primo Levi's The Periodic Table, The Noonday Demon digs deep into personal history, as Andrew Solomon narrates, brilliantly and terrifyingly, his own agonising experience of depression.  

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Hyperbole and a Half

Hyperbole and a Half

Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and A Half is a blog written by a 20-something American girl called Allie Brosh. She tells fantastically funny, wise stories about the mishaps of her everyday life, with titles like 'Why Dogs Don't Understand Basic...

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When Death Takes Something From You Give it Back

When Death Takes Something From You Give it Back

Naja Marie Aidt, Denise Newman

An unflinchingly raw and lyrical exploration of loss, poetry and love.

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I'm Fine (and Other Lies)

I’m Fine (and Other Lies)

Megan Blandford

I'm Fine (and other lies) is a touching true story of motherhood: the challenges it presents, and the hope that can be found within it.

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 Read reviewThings That Helped: Essays

Things That Helped: Essays

Jessica Friedmann

In this stunning collection, Jessica Friedmann navigates her journey through postpartum depression after the birth of her son. Drawing on critical theory, popular culture, and personal experience, her wide-ranging essays...

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Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression

Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression

Teresa Wong

A poignant graphic memoir about postpartum depression and the complexities of new motherhood.

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Things Nobody Knows But Me

Things Nobody Knows But Me

Amra Pajalic

Things Nobody Knows But Me is a tender portrait of family and migration, beautifully told. It captures a wonderful sense of bicultural place and life as it weaves between St Albans in suburban Australia and Bosanska...

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 Read reviewGet Up Mum

Get Up Mum

Justin Heazlewood

It's 1992 in Burnie, Tasmania and 12-year-old Justin lives alone with his mum. When she is well, Mum is perfect. She knows he likes his carrots raw and his toast cooled, and she knows how to sooth his growing pains. But when she...

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