As part of the Phoenix Family Center, Rebecca’s Dream is committed to empowering the lives of those impacted by depression and bipolar disorder. We believe that self-empowerment is a critical wellness tip. In our Book Corner, we highlight selected readings that serve as ways to gain education, strength and to help achieve or maintain mental wellness.
Our Featured Books will rotate periodically as we highlight other topics or new offerings. If there is a book that you think we should add, please contact us by clicking here to send an email.
In memory of our friend, Carrie Fisher
- The Best Awful: A Novel by author Carrie Fisher.
|This sequel to the bestselling Postcards from the Edge contains Carrie’s Fisher’s trademark intelligence and wit that brought Postcards to the Hollywood movie screen.
When we left Suzanne Vale at the end of Carrie Fisher’s bestselling Postcards from the Edge, she had survived drug abuse, rehab, and Hollywood celebrity. The Best Awful takes Suzanne back to the edge with a new set of troubles—not the least of which is that her studio executive husband turned out to be gay and has left her for a man.
Lonely for a man herself, Suzanne decides that her medication is cramping her style, and she goes off her meds—with disastrous results. The “manic” side of the illness convinces her it would be a good idea to get a tattoo, cut off her hair, and head to Mexico with a burly ex-con and a stash of OxyContin. As she wakes up in Tijuana, the “depressive” side kicks in, leading Suzanne through a series of surreal psychotic episodes before landing her in a mental hospital. With the help of her movie star mom, a circle of friends, and even her ex-husband, she begins the long journey back to sanity.
The Best Awful is by turns highly comic and darkly tragic, a roller-coaster ride through the dizzying highs and crushing lows of manic depression, delivered with fast and furious wit.
For more information on ‘The Best Awful: A Novel’, please visit Amazon.com.
Audio & Other Media
|Just Putting It Out There
Just Putting It Out There retains a warm, broad appeal as it progresses, inviting listeners into Aparna Nancherla’s own personal headspace. Her frank discussion of mental illness is both self-effacing and revealing.
BOOKS ON BIPOLAR DISORDER:
- Welcome to the Jungle: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bipolar but Were Too Freaked Out to Ask by Hilary Smith
- What is Wrong with Our Mom? by Adele Luttrell
- The Family Guide to Mental Health Care by Lloyd I. Sederer MD (foreward by Glenn Close)
- Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life by Melody Moezzi
- Bipolar Handbook: Real-Life Questions with up-to-Date Answers by Wes Burgess, MD, PhD
- Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: A 4-Step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability by Julie A. Fast and John Preston, Psy.D.
- Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families (2nd Edition) by Francis Mark Mondimore
- Break the Bipolar Cycle: A Day-by-Day Guide to Living with Bipolar Disorder by Elizabeth Brondolo and Xavier Amador
- My Kind of Crazy: Living in a Bipolar Worldby Janine Crowley Haynes
- An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
- Living With Someone Who’s Living With Bipolar Disorder: A Practical Guide for Family, Friends, and Coworkers by Chelsea Lowe and Bruce M. Cohen MD PhD
- Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need to Know by John McManamy
- Bipolar In Order: Looking at Depression, Mania, Hallucination, and Delusion from the Other Side by Tom Wootton, MD Peter Forster and PhD Maureen Duffy
- The Bipolar Relationship: How to understand, help, and love your partner by Jon P. Bloch, PhD, Bernard Golden, PhD, and Nancy Rosenfeld
- Bipolar Disorder Demystified: Mastering the Tightrope of Manic Depression by Lana R. Castle
- The Bipolar Teen: What You Can Do to Help Your Child and Your Family by David J. Miklowitz, PhD, and Elizabeth L. George, PhD
- Treating Bipolar Disorder: A Clinician’s Guide to Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (Guides to Individualized Evidence-Based Treatment) by Ellen Frank, PhD
- Why Am I Still Depressed? Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder by Jim Phelps
- Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner by Julie A. Fast
- Insanity: A Love Story: A Memoir of Madness and Mania by Melissa Miles McCarter
- Silver Lining’s Playbook by Matthew Quick
- Your Voice in My Head: A Memoir by Emma Forrest
BOOKS ON DEPRESSION:
- Against Depression by Peter D. Kramer
- Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
- Late, Late at Night by Rick Springfield
- The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon
- Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn’t Teach You and Medication Can’t Give You by Richard O’Connor, PhD
- The Depression Answer Book: Professional Answers to More than 275 Critical Questions About Medication, Therapy, Support, and More by Wes Burgess, MD, PhD
- Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression by Brooke Shields
- Not Alone: Stories of Living with Depression Edited by Alise WrightWhen Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens by Bev Cobain, RN, C
- The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Depressed and What You Can Do to Change It by Margaret Wehrenberg
- The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Second Edition: What You and Your Family Need to Know by David Jay Miklowitz, PhD
- The Bell Jar by Silvia Plath
- Born to Run by author Bruce Springsteen.
BOOKS ON MENTAL HEALTH:
- Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson
- Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope With the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs by William Feigelman Ph.D., John Jordan Ph.D., John McIntosh Ph.D., Bevery Feigelman LCSW
- The Tools: Transform Your Problems into Courage, Confidence, and Creativity by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
- Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature, and the Body by Leslie Korn, Ph.D., MPH
- My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind by Scott Stossel
- Invisible Girl by Mariel Hemingway
- Descent: A Memoir of Madness by David Guterson
- Lowboy: A Novel by John Wray
- The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness by Sheila Hamilton