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.

Mathilda Savitch

Victor Lodato Fear doesn’t come naturally to Mathilda Savitch. She prefers to look right at the things nobody else can bring themselves to mention: for example, the fact that her beloved older sister is dead, pushed in front of a train by a man still on the loose. Her grief-stricken parents have basically been sleepwalking …

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When Katie Wakes

Connie May Fowler The daughter and grand-daughter of battered women, Fowler found herself irresistibly drawn to a man who was bent on destroying her, physically and emotionally. Despite her youth, spirit, education, and wonderful talent, she was trapped in a cycle of violence and despair with no way out. Until the day she adopted an …

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Broken For You

Stephanie Kallos     When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Enter Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come west to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets …

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Cheryl Strayed From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to …

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The Outcast

Sadie Jones Jones’s compelling debut explores childhood damage and the fragile possibility of survival against a background of buttoned-up late-1940s and ’50s middle-class life. The heartbreaking story concerns ten-year-old Lewis Aldridge, whose mother drowns while the two are having a picnic. Gilbert, Lewis’s father, has no vocabulary with which to discuss feelings, and he denies …

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Laura Hillenbrand A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.  Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.  It was that …

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Each Little Bird That Sings

Deborah Wiles Ten-year-old Comfort Snowberger has attended 247 funerals–her family owns the local funeral home, after all. And even though Great-uncle Edisto keeled over with a heart attack and Great-great-aunt Florentine dropped dead–just like that–six months later, Comfort knows how to deal with loss, or so she thinks. She’s more concerned with avoiding her crazy …

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January First

Michael Schofield A Child’s Descent into Madness and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her “A brilliant and harrowingly honest memoir, January First is the extraordinary story of a father’s fight to save his child from an extremely severe case of mental illness in the face of overwhelming adversity.”  -Goodreads It is every parent’s objective to …

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Blessed are the Cheesemakers

A Novel by Sarah-Kate Lynch This sensuous and celebratory first novel is luscious in every way imaginable, a book to dip into eagerly and consume with much gusto. It is the story of two emotionally damaged people whom fate has dropped on a small cheese-making farm in Ireland. Kit Stephens’ fast track in New York …

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Tear Soup

A Book from Grief Watch Brought to us by Grief Watch, a bereavement resource, Tear Soup is a recipe for people of all ages who are traversing through grief.  Written by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen, and illustrated by Taylor Bills, this book is “better than a casserole” for those who have suffered  loss. Donate a copy …

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