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Current Book Selection and Meeting Time

NAMI Hunterdon Book Club
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 7:00pm
Location: Panera Restaurant, Flemington

All are welcome – 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 selections:

Life Inside My Mind:  31 Authors Share their Personal Struggles edited by Jessica Burkhart. Simon Pulse, New York, 2018. 309 pp.

Your favorite YA authors including Kami Garcia, Ellen Hopkins, Maureen Johnson, and more recount their own experiences with mental illness in this raw, real, and powerful collection of essays that explores everything from ADD to PTSD.

Quotes from the book:

“You know how depression lies? Well anxiety is stupid. I did not just say people with anxiety are stupid. No, no. I mean that anxiety itself is stupid. If you asked anxiety what two plus two is, anxiety will think very hard and say “triangle” or “a bag of Fritos” or “a commemorative stamp.” Because anxiety doesn’t know what anything is. It will try to convince you that things that are totally fine are worthy of dread.”

Maureen Johnson, Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles

“Mental illness—having it, advocating for its understanding, living with it—has an image problem. A large part of the problem, I think, is the term itself—illness is something that automatically suggests rot and contagion, a short interim of bodily collapse that must and can be cured as quickly as possible. But the spectrum of mental disorders—which runs from low-grade depression to personality disorders to acute schizophrenia—suggests that this term is far from sufficient.

It is far too restrictive. It suggests two states, and only two states: healthy and sick, well and unwell.

But the truth is many people who live with mental illness are well and sick”

Lauren Oliver, Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles

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