Books and ‘Zines

These are just a FEW books / ‘zines that have been good resources for us in times of struggle. Note: Although we were tempted to include works that have indirectly helped give us vocabulary and context to who we are as folks who struggle with mental health in a sick society (cf. Audre Lourde, Sherman Alexie, Chogyum Trungpa, bel hooks) we tried to stick to works that directly address mental health.



  • Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, by  Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky
  • Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror, by Judith Lewis Herman
  • Many Roads One Journey: Moving Beyond the 12 Steps , by Charlotte Davis Kasl
  • Beyond Recovery: Nonduality and the 12 Steps, by Fred Davis
  • Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D
  • Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction, by Sabrina Chapadjiev
  • Better Days: A Mental Health Recovery Workbook, by Craig Lewis
  • Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself,  by Melody Beattie
  • The Depression Cure: The 6-step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs, by Stephen S. Ilardi
  • When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, by Pema Chodron
  • Touched with Fire: Manic-depressive illness and the artistic temperament, by Kay Redfield Jamison


  • Woman on the Edge of Time, by Marge Piercy
  • Last Night I sang to the Monster, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley



Doris Press Distro : Resource for all KINDS of ‘zines from Anorexia to Zoloft. Actually I don’t think they have one on Zoloft, but I bet they would publish yours if you make one.  Is that how you spell Zoloft??

Five Wishes is a document that gives you a way to control how you are treated if you get seriously ill. Once it is filled out and properly signed, it is valid under the laws of most states.


1 Response to Books and ‘Zines

  1. Craig says:

    Hello to my fellow recovery warriors. I would like to thank you for your support of the ‘Better Days’ – A Mental Health Recovery Workbook’. As the author of this book, it brings joy to my heart and warms my soul knowing that my work has been beneficial and helpful for some of you. I hope that your lives continue improve and that wellness will be a prevalent theme in your lives. May you all have better days. All my best – Craig


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