Mental Health

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


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.
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.
Darius the Great is Not Okay By Adib Khorram
Darius Kellner travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, who changes his life.
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.
Queenie By Candice Carty-Williams
After a messy break up from her long-term boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places.
I Wish You All the Best By Mason Deaver
Thrown out of their parents' home and moving in with their estranged sister after coming out as nonbinary, Ben De Backer struggles to find acceptance in a story about found friendship, family, and love.
Open Water By Caleb Azumah Nelson
A novel about two young Black artists in London falling in and out of love through the exploration of generational trauma and mental health.
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.
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.
A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness
As Conor watches his mother succumb to cancer, Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window.
Opium and Absinthe By Lydia Kang
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Kang’s bustling, inspired historical mystery tackles drug addiction, vampirism, and deficiencies of medicine in New York at the end of the 19th century.
The Last White Man By Mohsin Hamid
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A story of finding love, processing loss- both global and personal, and rediscovery in a time of unsettling change.
Raybearer By Jordan Ifueko
Raised in isolation, Tarisai yearns for the closeness she could have as one of the Crown Prince's Council of 11, but her mother, The Lady, has magically compelled Tarisai to kill the Crown Prince.
The Heart Principle By Helen Hoang
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
A romance about a man struggling to be his perfect self and a woman who is ready to break her "rules" for him.
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?


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 in small-town Michigan.
A Dutiful Boy By Mohsin Zaidi
306 ZAI
A coming of age memoir about growing up gay and gaining acceptance in a Pakistani family.
Minor Feelings By Cathy Park Hong
305.489 HON
Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong confronts thorny subjects, blending memoir, cultural criticism, and history.
Shook One By Charlamagne Tha God
152.4 THA
Shook One details the Charlamagne’s mental health journey and life with anxiety.
Crying in the Bathroom By Erika Sánchez
Sánchez tallies the triumphs, delights, disappointments, and resurrections of her life in this memoir in essays.
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.
Life Inside My Mind
TEEN 616.89 BUR
Authors share their own struggles with mental illness, ranging from such topics as neurodiversity and addiction to OCD and PTSD.
Rising Strong By Brené Brown
158 BRO
Brown discusses vulnerability, shame, and the journey to bravery.
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.
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.
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.