Mental Health

Download the brochure Mental Health (PDF) highlighting books in our collection that center people experiencing mental health conditions.


Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead By Emily Austin
A morbidly anxious woman stumbles into a job at a Catholic church and becomes obsessed with a mysterious death.

Anxious People By Fredrik Backman
F BACKMAN Fredrik  
Taken hostage by a failed bank robber while attending an open house, eight strangers discover their common traits.

Queenie By Candice Carty-Williams
After a messy break up from her long-term boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places.

This Close to OK By Leesa Cross-Smith
A therapist spots a man standing on the edge of a bridge and convinces him to join her for coffee instead of jumping.

You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty By Akwaeke Emezi
F EMEZI Akwaeke 
A young woman seeking joy while healing from loss, Feyi Adekola wants to learn how to be alive again. How far is she willing to go for a second chance at love?
Olga Dies Dreaming By Xochitil Gonzalez
A story that examines political corruption, familial strife and the very notion of the American dream-all while asking what it really means to weather a storm.
The Last White Man By Mohsin Hamid
F HAMID Mohsin 
A story of finding love, processing loss- both global and personal, and rediscovery in a time of unsettling change.
Calling For a Blanket Dance By Oscar Hokeah
A young Native American boy in a splintering family grasps for stability and love, making all the wrong choices until he finds a space of his own.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine By Gail Honeyman
Eleanor loves self-imposed rules. But an unexpected event leads her to forge two unlikely friendships and question her current life trajectory.
Opium and Absinthe By Lydia Kang
F KANG Lydia 
Kang’s bustling, inspired historical mystery tackles drug addiction, vampirism, and deficiencies of medicine in New York at the end of the 19th century.

No One is Talking About This By Patricia Lockwood
F LOCKWOOD Patricia 
Elevated to prominence for her social-media posts, a woman begins suffering from existential anxieties.

Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body By Megan Milks
F MILKS Megan 
A queer coming-of-age novel about a girlhood interrupted by an eating disorder

Open Water By Caleb Azumah Nelson
From the moment they meet in a London bar, a photographer and a dancer are drawn to each other, despite many social complications. These two Black artists fall in and out of love through the exploration of generational trauma and mental health.

Tell Me I’m Worthless By Alison Rumfitt
Three years ago, Alice spent one night in an abandoned house with her friends. Since then, Alice's life has spiraled as memories of that night torment her. But, when her friend asks her to return to the House, Alice knows she must go. 

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Midnight Library By Matt Haig
Nora Seed finds herself faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life.

Where the Drowned Girls Go By Seanan McGuire
When Eleanor West decided to open her "Home for Wayward Children," she knew from the beginning that there would be children she couldn't save. When Cora decides she needs a different fate, Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer her to the other school, where things are run very differently. 


The Heart Principle By Helen Hoang
R HOANG Helen 
A woman struggling with burnout learns to embrace the unexpected-and the man she enlists to help her.
Getting His Game Back By Gia De Cadenet
Feeling like his old self after a rough patch of depression and therapy, barbershop owner Khalil Sarda meets customer Vanessa Noble who thought she was too busy building a multimillion-dollar tech company to be distracted by a relationship. 


You Are Your Best Thing By Tarana Burk & Brené Brown
152.4 BUR 
The editors bring together a dynamic group of Black writers, organizers, artists, academics, and cultural figures to discuss vulnerability, shame, and resilience.
Rising Strong By Brené Brown
158 BRO 
Brown discusses vulnerability, shame, and the journey to bravery.
A Dutiful Boy By Mohsin Zaidi
306 ZAI 
A coming of age memoir about growing up gay and gaining acceptance in a Pakistani family.
Hola Papi By John Paul Brammer
306.76 BRA 
Popular LGBTQ advice columnist and writer John Paul Brammer, provides advice and reflects on his own mental health journey.
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen By Inger Burnett-Zeigler
616.89 BUR 
A Northwestern University phycologist writes to provide a framework for healing and mental health specifically for Black women.
Nobody’s Normal By Roy Richard Grinker
616.89 GRI 
A examination of evolving attitudes toward mental illness throughout history and the fight to end the stigma.

Wow, No Thank You By Samantha Irby
814.6 IRB 
Irby’s essays highlight the ups and downs of aging, marriage and living with step-children.

Crying in the Bathroom By Erika Sánchez
Sánchez tallies the triumphs, delights, disappointments, and resurrections of her life in this memoir in essays.