Mental Illness

  Mental Illness
  Contributed by Laura Jarvis

Block, Francesca Lia. The Hanged man. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1994 - Seventeen-year-old Laurel battles with anorexia, heroin use, and a shocking family secret in this powerful and disturbing novel. As she fights to regain control of her life, she must confront her painful past and learn to triumph over her emotional problems.

Fraustino, Lisa Rowe. Ash: A Novel. New York: Orchard Books, 1995 - Wes Libby chronicles the gradual deterioration of his older brother, Ash, in this humorous and easy-to-read novel. Written in journal form, it contains drawings and misspellings, as well as the painful story of a fifteen-year-old who watched his beloved older brother's battle with schizophrenia.

Guest, Judith. Ordinary People. New York: Viking Press, 1976 - Conrad Jarrett has lived for years with the guilt of surviving a boating accident that killed his older brother. Unable to cope with his feelings of inadequacies, Conrad attempts suicide and is hospitalized. The book accounts his re-adjustment to his family, high school, and society.

Kesey, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. New York: New American Library, 1962 - Con artist and convict R. P. McMurphy decides that his life would be easier if he transfers from a work farm to a mental institution. Unhappy with rules and regulations enforced by Nurse Ratched, he decides to enter into a contest of wills to see who will crack first. Unfortunately, he forgets that she has power over him, and can punish him as she sees fit.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. The Keeper. New York: Atheneum, 1986 - Nick Karpinski is leading a double life because of his father's illness. Positive that the Communists are coming for him, his father quits his job and tears the apartment apart looking for microphones planted by the government. Nick is forced to make a decision about whether to commit his father and free himself, or do as his father wishes and live life in fear of what his father will do next.

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