Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Recommendation from Julie

Voluntary Madness: Lost and Found in the Mental Healthcare System by Norah Vincent
Vincent, who calls herself an immersive journalist, wanted to find out where one could get the best mental health care. With a history of depression herself and one hospitalization behind her, this endeavor was both personal and professional. She checked herself into three hospitals. The first was a large urban hospital, the second a semi-rural, small-town one, and the third was an experimental therapy, group-living system. She discusses the treatments, the meds, the patients, and the staff with great insight and clarity. A fascinating look at mental health care.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford
This is a bittersweet story of young love between a Chinese boy and a Japanese girl during the time of the Japanese internment. Though I found it incredulous that a love at age 12 could be so overpowering the author did make it believable. I enjoyed it.

Blood Safari by Deon Meyer
When Emma Le Roux goes looking for her long lost brother, danger follows her. When she lands in a coma her bodyguard sets out to find out what's going on and who's trying to kill her. This all takes place in South Africa involving the conservation movement.

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