Literary Prescriptions Responses

Tuesday with Morrie

Posted on August 30, 2019

learning the value of life

Prescribed by: JB Middle

Dark Nights of the Soul

Posted on August 30, 2019

Helps the reader understand the benefits of tough times and how to make the best of them

Prescribed by: Tamela

Pythagoras’ Biography

Posted on August 30, 2019

Historical & Philosophical value

Prescribed by: Joanna

This is How by Augusten Burroughs

Posted on August 30, 2019

It offers something to keep anyone experiencing a difficult time afloat. It’s a ramble of a book, at times uplifting and empowering, at times serving up tough love, full of dark humor and real wisdom, wrapping up with an enlightened understanding of the human condition. I’m a librarian and recommend it often.

Prescribed by: Heidi Hartke

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Posted on August 30, 2019

If you feel jaded or suffer from ennui, this book will help you take a fresh look at the world. At more than 500 pages Leonardo’s biography can be taken in small doses, but you may find yourself becoming quickly addicted. The book’s topics are wide ranging: painting, sculpture, botany, anatomy, nature, the motion of water, politics, war, theatrical productions, engineering, and more. Ever curious, Leonardo investigated questions that most of us wouldn’t even think to ask. How many muscles does it take to create a smile? What does a woodpecker’s tongue look like? Why is a crocodile’s jaw so strong?

Isaacson also includes a chapter with advice on how to think like Leonardo: If you’d like to learn to become relentlessly curious, seek knowledge for its own sake, retain (or regain) a child’s sense of wonder, and sharpen your observational skills, this book will get you started.

Prescribed by: Bonnie

“The Beacon at Alexandria” by Gillian Bradshaw

Posted on August 20, 2018

It has a satisfying happy ending.

Prescribed by: Alan Eddy

“Always Coming Home” by Ursula K. LeGuin

Posted on August 20, 2018

This book provides hope for the future.

Prescribed by: Alan Eddy

“Man’s Search for Meaning” -Victor Frankl

Posted on March 21, 2018

It is a true story of a psychiatrist’s response to his experiences in a Nazi death camp demonstrating the great power of the human mind even under the most brutish conditions. Extremely uplifting.

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A High Wind in Jamaica, by Richard Hughes

Posted on March 21, 2018

Captivating, distracting, moves quickly

Prescribed by: Karen BRASETH

Death: The final Stage of Growth

Posted on November 2, 2017

The book was incredibly helpful in giving me a new perspective about death, and helped me overcome the passing of my grandfather. Funerals, a time for grief and growth was a particularly helpful chapter for me.

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Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair

Posted on November 2, 2017

It’s an adventure and it’s just this side of ridiculous. It’ll make anyone having a rough time laugh a little.

Prescribed by: Elizabeth Wawrzyniak

The Places That Scare You, by Pema Chodron

Posted on November 1, 2017

Tibetan Buddhist Perspective on dealing with the inevitability of suffering, accessible to secular readers. Don’t let life harden your heart!

Prescribed by: SFL

Dr Seuss

Posted on August 2, 2017

Amusing, light

Prescribed by: Lolo

King James Holy Bible

Posted on July 7, 2017

The word Of God, in its fullest. It will teach you that his word is spiritual healing if you believe in it.

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To Kill A Mockingbird

Posted on April 27, 2017

A well written classic that follows an innocent young girl and her brother through a time when their honorable father does what he believes to be right instead of what is easy.

Prescribed by: Tim Askew

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Posted on April 27, 2017

It’s about a kid who wants to kill himself after he is enrolled in a highly competitive high school after he thinks he is going nowhere compared to his peers. He ends up going through a lot of turmoil and getting unhappier as the story progresses with him in a mental hospital, but he ends up finding something that makes him happy and becomes a better person for it. The end is such a release of feel-good emotions that really makes you want to jump start your day at the end of it. Its a good book because it really picks you up and makes you realize how special life is.

Prescribed by: Rashi R

Little Women

Posted on April 26, 2017

It is a feel good comfort book. It is my personal go to when I need to distance myself from the outside world.

Prescribed by: Suzana Amaral

The Old Man and the Sea

Posted on April 23, 2017

This novel brings out the adventure in the reader. The old man catches a fish that drags his boat around the gulf stream. Even though the man was in a bad situation, he still finds an appreciation for the fish that dragged his boat. Maybe someone prescribed this book could find a new thing to be appreciative to in their life. Or it could just take them out of their bad situation and put them out into the open sea.

Prescribed by: Jack Casey

Help, Thanks, Wow

Posted on April 1, 2017

Anne Lamott, in her characteristic funny and insightful way, provides us with three essential prayers “asking for assistance, appreciating the good we witness, and feeling awe at the world.” Sure, much of what she describes is familiar, but it is the way she reminds us that becomes a tonic that you need to take on a regular basis. Here is your first dose – “Light reveals us to ourselves, which is not always so great if you find yourself in a big disgusting mess, possibly of your own creation. But like sunflowers we turn toward light. Light warms, and in most cases it draws us to itself. And in this light, we can see beyond shadow and illusion to something beyond our modest receptors, to what is way beyond us, and deep inside.”

Prescribed by: Ann M.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Posted on March 31, 2017

I once had a student tell me that the book “literally” saved her life. I didn’t think too much about that until I read her college application essay in which she described how she was feeling about life and herself when a friend told her she should read it. She connected strongly to Chbosky’s Charlie. His struggles mattered to her, and she, like Charlie, decided to “participate” in her own life. I don’t think this book is for everyone, but for the right teenager and the right
moment, it can be magical.

Prescribed by: Jeanne Glynn

Failure is Not an Option

Posted on March 29, 2017

It is a story about showing strength and working as a team through extreme adversity.

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Little Women

Posted on March 29, 2017

When I’m having a tough time, I want to read books that are comforting to me, and Little Women is the definition of that. Besides my emotional connection to the book, I also see a message of strength throughout that is inspiring. As the characters confront challenges in their lives–war, financial difficulties, sickness, career uncertainty, love, and death–they do so with patience and courage, and with the ultimate goal of being good people. To me, this book speaks to the importance of finding joy in your everyday life and being kind to others, and a reminder of these values helps me to pass through any tough time.

Prescribed by: Anna Newman

Harry Potter, Books 1-7

Posted on March 29, 2017

Simple plot and easy read, transportation into a different world, themes of triumph in struggle, the comfort of returning to childhood favorites to re-read

Prescribed by: Jessica M.

The Wooden Horse

Posted on March 28, 2017

The book, which describes an ingenious escape attempt from a German prison camp by Allied POWs during World War Two, helps modern readers put things in perspective. The author’s vivid descriptions of the harsh conditions of camp life, the physical dangers of digging a primitive escape tunnel, and the emotional effects of long-term confinement may help modern readers put their own problems into perspective. Due to its subject matter, it is an exciting read, and as such offers readers a brief escape (no pun intended) from their everyday lives and problems.

Prescribed by: Nick Hurley