Title: Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
Author: Susannah Cahalan
Call #: 616.8 CAH
Susannah is a young woman who has worked her way through the ranks at the New York Post. She is fun-loving, smart and happy. She starts experiencing symptoms – fatigue, numbness in her limbs – which her doctor attributes to mono. Until the night that she experiences hallucinations and body convulsions. She is admitted to the hospital and won’t come out for over a month. The doctors cannot figure out what is wrong with her. She is, at turns, delusional, catatonic, and violent. Ultimately doctors discover that she has a virus that makes her body attack her brain. It is now believed that this virus is the culprit of what people believe to be demonic possession. Fascinating.
Recommended by: Kathy
Title: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Author: Cheryl Strayed
Call #: BIOGRAPHY STRAYED
A young 26-year old Cheryl decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail to try and heal herself from her mother’s death and a divorce. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker so didn’t really realize what she would encounter. The result is a warm, sometimes very funny adventure in which she meets some very eclectic characters. Extremely well-written and informative. Her journey takes place for 3 months over 1,100 miles of trail. It makes you wonder if you’d be capable of enduring it. Reads like a very enjoyable fiction book! Highly recommended.
Recommended by: Deb
Author: Marjane Satrapi
Call #: G SAT
With small black and white panels that speak volumes, this graphic novel recounts the author’s childhood in Iran during the 1980’s. Satrapi captures your attention by directly addressing misconceptions and misunderstandings about the Iranian people and their history but it is with her vivid characters, universal storylines and engaging drawings that she captures your heart.
Recommended by: Becky