Healing through Books

Healing Place of the Soul

-Inscription over the door to the library of the ancient city of Thebes

A book is a refuge, a guide, a source of inspiration, a friend. Share a favorite book with Healing Hamlet.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Jamie Ford  It had arrived a little damaged. Imperfect. But he didn’t care, this was all he’d wanted. Something to hope for, and he’d found it. Find Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

The Invisible Girls

Sarah Thebarge What gave me hope in the midst of my pain and loss was not another antidepressant or another hour in my therapist’s office, but the smiles and giggles and hugs of five precious little girls. Find The Invisible Girls Visit Sarah Thebarge’s Website

Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson Now it occurred to him that perhaps Terabithia was like a castle where you came to be knighted. After you stayed for a while and grew strong you had to move on. For hadn’t Leslie, even in Terabithia, tried to push back the walls of his mind and make him see beyond to …

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The Language of Flowers

Vanessa Diffenbaugh Moss grows without roots.  His words took my breath away.  Throughout a lifetime studying the biology of plants, this simple fact had eluded me, and it seemed now to be the one fact I needed, desperately, to have known. Read The Language of Flowers


Ian McEwan Nothing that can be, can come between me and the full prospect of my hopes. More books by Ian McEwan

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race – that rarely do I ever simply estimate it.  I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant. Read The Book Thief

The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien Or There and Back Again “Go back?” he thought. “No good at all!  Go sideways?  Impossible!  Go forward?  Only thing to do!  On we go!” Read The Hobbit

The Shipping News

Annie Proulx For if Jack Buggit could escape from the pickle jar, if a bird with a broken neck could fly away, what else might be possible? Water may be older than light, diamonds crack in hot goat’s blood, mountaintops give off cold fire, forests appear in mid-ocean, it may happen that a crab is …

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Bud, Not Buddy

Christopher Paul Curtis A bud is a flower-to-be. A flower in waiting. Waiting for just the right warmth and care to open up. It’s a little fist of love waiting to unfold and be seen by the world. And that’s you. Find Bud, Not Buddy

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Seuss And he did hear a sound rising over the snow. It started in low. Then it started to grow… But the sound wasn’t sad! Why, this sound sounded merry! It couldn’t be so! But it WAS merry! VERY! Find Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas