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Current Book Selection and Meeting Time

NAMI Hunterdon Book Club
Date: Thursday, December 6, 7:00 PM
Location:  Meets at Panera in Flemington:  325 US-202, Flemington, NJ 08822

All are welcome – no reservation is necessary – come as you are.  For further information Contact Louise Hartman at 609-468-6036 or louise.hartman@comcast.net

Our book discussions are gentle and kind and explore the problems and possibilities of living with mental illness. We use the lens of the authors whose books we read to inform our discussions. But our group enthusiastically embraces digressions and invites participants to bring their own personal stories into our forum (if they so choose). And sometimes it’s not always possible for members to read the book prior to our meetings. That’s fine, we’re not sticklers on that front (or any front for that matter); we just encourage the free flow of compassion.

We look forward to seeing you!

Current selection:

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Dear Book Club Fans,

Our up-coming book selection was suggested by Lorrie Baumann who recently retired as NAMI New Jersey’s School Programs Director. (Thank you Lorrie for the wonderful, important work you did – bringing to NJ schools programs, Educating the Educators and Every Mind Matters, that seek to eliminate stigma associated with mental illness and increase knowledge about mental health).

John Green is an acclaimed author whose latest book, Turtles All the Way Down, is a novel which deals with issues he has personal experience with. I urge you to go to his website www.johngreenbooks.com. There will be links to a number of book reviews and a Youtube self-interview in which the author provides an amazing and honest insight into his experience as a person with OCD. About the book The NY Times reviewer wrote “This novel is by far his [John Green] most difficult to read. It’s also his most astonishing.” We’ve done difficult before folks and we like astonishing, so don’t be too daunted by our assignment.

Other News:
Discussion with Mike Schlossberg and reading from his book, “Redemption”.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7pm
Abington Memorial Health Center – Warminster Campus
225 Newtown Rd, Warminster, PA 18974

This is a FREE event and ALL are welcome!

For the month of November, NAMI Bucks County, PA welcomes Mike Schlossberg, who has been a writer since he wrote his first short story in eighth grade, a Star Wars fanfiction piece. While he claims it was terrible, the creative passion followed him into adulthood.

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Serving as a State Representative in Pennsylvania, Mike has had the chance to make a difference. The problem closest to his heart is mental health, where he strives to break the stigma surrounding those who suffer from mental illnesses and give them hope. For Mike, this issue is personal, as he has been treated for depression and anxiety related disorders since he was 18. It was this desire to help which drove him to write Redemption, his first novel.

Join us (NAMI Bucks) for a discussion on mental health from a legislator’s perspective and hear Mike speak about and read from his novel, Redemption, which is described as “a moving, hopeful tale of personal struggle and unlikely heroism masquerading as an adrenaline-fueled sci-fi action thriller of a novel.”

More about Mike: https://mikeschlossbergauthor.com

*Please note that Louise Hartman is arranging rides for anyone who wishes to attend the event described above. She can also facilitate the circulation of a copy of Redemption, Michael Schlossberg’s book. Please contact her at 609-468-6036 or louise.hartman@comcast.net to let her know what you need. Those who already have indicated a desire to go, Louise will contact you to arrange a time and place to rendezvous.

Pop-up Movie Event
This past summer an impromptu movie outing happened! A bunch of book club members met at the Montgomery Cinema to see Three Identical Strangers and followed up with a lively discussion over ice cream. We look forward to more such occasions – perhaps you’d like to suggest a movie. If so, please contact Louise Hartman!

 

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