Saving Sammy: The Boy Who Caught OCD by Beth Alison Mahoney

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Hardcover, 272 pages

Published: September 22, 2009 by Crown (1st Published January 1, 2009)

Setting: Maine

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Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD is Beth Alison Maloney’s memoir about her pre-teen son’s struggle with an unusual form of obsessive compulsive disorder. In a lovely, eloquent writing style that flows like a good novel, she tells her story. With close attention to the cycles of nature, the author paints vivid details that take you through all the seasons in coastal Maine. And with the same attention to detail, she makes her family’s day-to-day experiences tangibly and heartwrenchingly real.

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Hesitation Wounds by Amy Koppelman

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Hardcover, 187 pages

Published: 2015 by The Overlook Press

Setting: New York

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As a teen Susanna Seliger lost her beloved brother, a sensitive, rebellious graffiti artist deeply affected by the death of a young black man in police custody. Her wounds from the loss of her father, when she was a little girl, had never fully healed, and her brother’s death consumed her.

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600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

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Paperback, 278 pages

Published: October 23, 2009 by Riverbend Publishing (1st Published February 10, 2009)

Literary Awards:  Montana Honor Book (2009), High Plains Book Awards (2010)

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Thirty-nine-year old Edward Stanton has obsessive compulsive disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. His OCD is treated with medication and therapy, and the Asperger’s is just part of who he is: a bright, funny, methodical man who likes concrete facts and predictable routines. Edward has many abilities, but his rigidity and difficulty communicating with others have kept him from holding down a job. He is supported by his father, a wealthy developer and county commissioner.

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Melancholia (2011)

Melanchola (2011)Written & Directed By: Lars von Trier

Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) have just been wed. At first we see what appears to be a happy couple. However this quickly unravels, and Justine, despite being successful in business, is revealed as mercurial, fragile, and suffering from crippling depression.

Meanwhile, the planet Melancholia, which has slipped out of its usual orbit, is heading toward earth. As we get hints of a coming astronomical disaster, family members try to coax and bully Justine out of her misery and erratic behavior. Her kind but somewhat clueless husband tries to give her hope for the future. But it’s all to no avail; the marriage ends on their wedding night.

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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

51CKaWBFVwL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_Written & Directed by: David O. Russell, based on the novel by Matthew Quick

After coming home to find his wife in the shower with another man, Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) snapped and almost almost beat the man to death. He was court ordered into an inpatient psychiatric facility, where he discovered he had undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Rejecting medications, because their side effects compromised his sense of self, Pat learned to talk the talk and go through the motions of treatment. After eight months, his mother checks him out against medical advice.

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The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe

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Published: August 1, 1994 by Delta (1st published 1992)

Setting: Ireland (1960s)

Literary Awards:  Man Booker Prize Nominee (1992), Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction

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Francie Brady, the young narrator of this dark Irish novel, begins by saying, “When I was a young lad twenty or thirty or forty years ago I lived in a small town where they were after me on account of what I done on Mrs. Nugent.” The reader has fair warning that the book will not end well.

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The Cold, Cold Sea by Linda Huber

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Kindle Edition, 320 pages

Published: May 1, 2015 by Legend Times Group (1st published August 1, 2014)

Setting: England

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Recovering from a devastating loss is an agonizing, labyrinthine process that can take a lifetime. Grief — along with the myriad forms it takes — is the theme of this absorbing suspense novel by Glaswegian author Linda Huber.

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