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NAMI Bookshelf: December 2007
Best of 2007: NAMI's picks for the best books and movies of the year
We have compiled our third annual "best of" list, highlighting some of the best books and movies of 2007.
This year's list includes powerful memoirs, a revealing investigation of mental illness in the criminal justice system, practical guides to living with mental illness, poignant novels, a colorful children’s book and a moving coming-of-age film.
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The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, Elyn R. Saks
This memoir is an insightful account of Saks’ experiences living with schizophrenia. Saks shares the fears, conflicts, frustrations, and hopes of any person who struggles with mental illness. She speaks out for individual dignity, which becomes the focus of her career.
No Momma’s Boy: How I Let Go of My Past and Embraced the Future, Dominic Carter
Dominic Carter grew from a childhood of poverty and abuse to become one of
Crazy in America: The Hidden Tragedy of Our Criminalized Mentally Ill, Mary Beth Pfeiffer
When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens, Bev Cobain, R.N.C
This book deserves to be in every middle or high school library, used in every health class, and even given to every adolescent on their 13th birthday—to help them watch out for friends, as well as themselves. For that matter, parents may want a copy, too. The book provides straightforward information and advice, as well as first-person narratives from 12 teenagers who serve as role models for solving problems rooted in depression.
I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help: How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment, Xavier F. Amador, Ph.D.
Still the Monkey: What Happens to Warriors After War? Alivia C. Tagliaferri
This novel reveals the severe physical and mental trauma soldiers experience during and following combat. A Vietnam War veteran suffering from PTSD connects with a young Iraq War veteran, who lost both his legs in combat, at
Letters for Emily, Camron Wright
This debut novel explores one family's struggle with mental illness and the legacy a dying grandfather leaves for his young granddaughter.