Mental illness

The Boy Who Could Run But Not Walk

In this ground-breaking book, Dr. Karen Pape provides a compelling mix of the latest discoveries in brain science with a professional memoir of her decades-long personal struggle to help children whom the medical profession had largely written off as beyond help. As a neonatologist, Dr. Pape became interested in why some babies with brain damage recover fully while others develop cerebral palsy.

The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self

In Anil Ananthaswamy's new book, he delves into the latest neuroscience research about major brain diseases like schizophrenia and autism, as well as some not-so-mainstream issues like out-of-body experiences and odd and rare mental disorders. With his leaning towards personal storytelling and case studies, Ananthaswamy is clearly influenced by the oeuvre of Oliver Sacks, but adds his own voice and style to the field.

On The Move: A Life

Oliver Sacks has long delighted us with his books about the brain’s quixotic variations. In this, his final book, published just a few months before his death, he finally invites us into his own life and his own brain with an autobiography filled with irreverence, discovery, loss, and joy. It is the perfect capstone to a long and lively literary career, and a wonderful remembrance and celebration of a great man and a great scientist.

Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves

Have you long suspected your dog has emotional problems, or worry your pet iguana needs Prozac? You’re not alone: author Laurel Braitman’s experience with her beloved Bernese Mountain dog led her to extensively research the topic of “animal madness” and found that it led her to new ways to look at human mental illness. Animal Madness has received several accolades, including being chosen as a Discover magazine top summer read.

Madness: A Bipolar Life

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be bipolar? Marya Hornbacher details her life of mental illness in a brutally honest and eye-opening manner.This New York Times bestseller provides a great window into what it is like to live with a lifelong, devastating diagnosis.

The Mind's Eye

In The Mind's Eye, Oliver Sacks's eleventh book, he delves into issues of perception, illustrating his points with a mix of case stories, personal experiences, and essays. As with his previous books, he examines a handful of rare and fascinating disorders, exploring how profoundly they affect the patients—and the creative ways in which they work to adapt to living with them.

The Psychopath Test: A Journey through the Madness Industry

Do you worry you might be a psychopath? If so, then you’re almost certainly not one. This is just one of the interesting findings Jon Ronson presents in his new book, which looks at psychopathy from a variety of angles. With training from one of the world’s leading experts on the topic, Ronson seeks out psychopaths of different stripes—from a terrorist to a prominent CEO—to see what makes them tick. Despite the disturbing topic, Ronson manages to make the reader laugh, cringe, and learn all at once.

Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College

How do children think? This is one of the major questions faced by every parent. Today’s parents try all manner of strategies to raise kids that are smart, happy, and confident, but this book digs into the inner workings of a child’s brain at different stages of development to sort through which things are mere marketing mumbo jumbo and what really works. Welcome to Your Child’s Brain offers applicable advice (some of which may surprise you) and dispels commonly held myths in favor of reliable scientific evidence.

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, a woman who grew up with severe learning disabilities, did something incredible: she figured out a way to “fix” her brain and dramatically reduce those disabilities. And, by founding the Arrowsmith School, she has helped many others do the same. Read this book to see how she harnessed her brain’s natural plasticity and actively shaped its development, for the better.