Healing through Books

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-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.

Little Princes

Conor Grennan One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal In search of adventure, twenty-nine-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children’s Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal. “Little Princes” is a …

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Henry David Thoreau All change is a miracle to contemplate, but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.   More about Henry David Thoreau

A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L’Engle “Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet:  You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.” – Mrs. Whatsit Find A Wrinkle in Time on Goodreads.

The Bone People

Keri Hulme In a tower on the New Zealand sea lives Kerewin Holmes, part Maori, part European, an artist estranged from her art, a woman in exile from her family. One night her solitude is disrupted by a visitor—a speechless, mercurial boy named Simon, who tries to steal from her and then repays her with …

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Every Day Is a Good Day

Wilma Mankiller Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women Challenging and passionate are the voices in this gathering of proud indigenous women. Coming together as one, 19 strong and successful women provide a rare glimpse into their lives with the hope that their voices will be heard and their message understood: bear witness to the unforgivable acts …

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Year of Wonders

Geraldine Brooks When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna’s eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As …

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Half a Life

Darin Strauss Darin Strauss’s moving memoir, Half a Life ,is painfully honest and inherently dramatic without seeming either precious or self-pitying. When the car he was driving hit and killed Celine, a high school classmate whom he knew only casually, Strauss’s life was, as one might suspect, altered forever.  Although he was held to be …

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If You Knew Me You Would Care

Zainab Salbi If You Knew Me You Would Care is a celebration of women’s stories and strength worldwide. “The women in this book are an inspiration to all of us who aspire to triumph over adversity. It is a personal peek at the most initimate stories as told by women who have survived war. It …

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The Bookseller of Kabul

Asne Seierstad In the spring of 2002, Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad moved into the home of a book seller in Kabul in order to write his story.  Sultan Khan had spent his life defying those in power by supplying books to the city.  He endured threats, book burnings and imprisonment, but his love for the written word and his …

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Good Grief

Lolly Winston   I Know, I know as I drive up 280 to work the next morning, that I should not be wearing my bathrobe.  But I can’t stay home from work another day, and I simply couldn’t get dressed this morning.  This is Sophie Stanton’s reasoning before she heads into the office to give …

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