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Diane Lane Chambers
Author of Engaging, Informative, and Inspirational Books
Diane's Recommended Books to Read




Cultural Awareness

Fadiman, Anne, (2012),The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Him, Chanrithy, (2000), When Broken Glass Floats: Growing up Under the Khmer Rouge, W.W Norton & Company.

Hong, Xu, Hoh, Erling (Translator), (2017), No Wall Too High: One Man's Daring Escape from Mao's Darkest Prison, Sarah Crichton Books.

Lee, Hyeonseo, (2015), The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story, William Collins.

Min, Anchee, (2011), Red Azalea, Anchor.
St. Germain, Jim, (2017), A Stone of Hope: A Memoir, Harper Collins.
Usadi, Oanh Ngo, (2018), Of Monkey Bridges and Banh Mi Sandwiches: from Sai Gon to Texas, O&O Press.



Deaf and Deaf-Blind

Carroll, Cathryn and Hoffpauir, Catherine, (2001) Orchid of the Bayou, Gallaudet University Press.

Smithdas, Robert J. (1958), Life At My Fingertips, Doubleday & Company.


Mental Illness and Mental Health


Aurthur, Johnathan, (2002). The Angel and The Dragon, A Father’s Search for Answers to His Son’s Mental Illness, Health Communications.

Bartok, Mira, (2011), The Memory Palace, Free Press.

Berman, Claire, and Steele, Ken, (2002).  The Day the Voices Stopped: A Schizophrenic’s Journey from Madness to Hope, Basic Books.

Bottoms, Greg, (2000), Angelhead: My Brother’s Descent into Madness, Crown Publishers, New York.

Cahalan, Susannah, (2013), Brain on Fire, Simon & Schuster.

Capps, Donald, (2010), Understanding Psychosis: Issues and Challenges for Sufferers, Families, and Friends, Rowman & Littlefield Ppublishing Group, Inc., Maryland.

Cheney, Terri, (2008), Manic, William Morrow & Co.

Cramer, Clayton E., (2012), My Brother Ron: A Personal and Social History of the Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill, Cramer.

Early, Pete, (2007), Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, Berkley.

Ford, Elizabeth, (2017), Sometimes Amazing Things Happen: Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward, Regan Arts.

Hanson, Daniel, (2005),  Room for J, A Family Struggles with Schizophrenia, Beaver Pond Press Inc, Edena, MN.

Holman, Virginia, (2003), Rescuing Patty Hearst: Growing Up Sane in a Decade Gone Mad, Simon & Schuster.

Klebold, Sue, (2016), A Mother’s Reckoning, Crown Publishers, New York.

Kolker, Robert, ( 2020), Hidden Valley Road, Doubleday.

Kotulski, Tina, (2006), Saving Millie: A Daughter’s Story of Surviving Her Mother’s Schizophrenia, Extraordinary Voices Press.

Lachenmeyer, Nathaniel, (2000), The Outsider: A Journey Into My Father’s Struggle With Madness, Broadway. 

Lopez, Steve, 2008, The Soloist: A Lost Dream, and Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music, Putnam. 

McLean, Richard, (2005), Recovered, Not Cured: A Journey Through Schizophrenia, Allen & Unwin.

Miller, Dinah & Hanson, Annette, (2016),  Committed, The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

Nasar, Sylvia, (1999), A Beautiful Mind, Simon & Schuster.

Penney, Darby, Stastny, Peter, (2009), The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic, Bellevue Literary Press.

Reiland, Rachel, (2004), Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder, Hazelden.

Redfield Jamison, Kay, (1997), An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, Vintage.

Saks, Elyn R., (2007), The Center Cannot Hold, My Journey Through Madness, Hyperion Books.

 Senghor, Shaka, (2016), Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in An American Prison, Convergent Books, New York.

Sullivan, Luke Longstreet, Thirty Rooms to Hide In: Insanity, Addiction, and Rock’n’Roll in the Shadow of the Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota Press, 2012.

Vonnegut, Mark, (2002), The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity, Seven Stories Press.

Walls, Jeannette, (2006), The Glass Castle, Scribner Book Company

Westover, Tara, (2018), Educated: A Memoir, Random House.

Williamson, Wendy K., (2010),  I’m Not Crazy Just Bipolar, Author House.  

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