Trauma, the new epidemic of our generation, or rather the epidemic that has always been there, we are just finally starting to talk about it. Every time I pick up this book I learn something new not only about myself, but about the study of human nature. Van der Kolk takes a leap, deep inside the developing human mind, exposing the past, while guiding the way to a more positive life and future.
Maggie Nelson explores the twisted past of her murdered aunt in Jane: A Murder. This book is not only a collection of poetry meditating on the loss of the aunt she never knew, but also acollection of police reports, newspaper articles, and diary entries from Jane herself. Jane: A Murder explores violent and sudden loss from all perspectives, and its impact on a community.
The best of John Green's works. Green delves deep into the brain of a teenage girl, sometimes making it difficult to read, as he explores the complexities of anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. This presence of mental illness along with a little romance and mystery make this one hard to put down.