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NAMI Book Library

One benefit of becoming a NAMI Sonoma County member is gaining access to the library in our office. On our shelves are over 350 volumes as well as DVDs on a variety of topics related to mental health, including:

  • addiction and substance abuse disorders
  • anxiety
  • grief
  • mood disorders
  • schizophrenia
  • trauma

For a list of our available volumes, please visit our Libib page.

To borrow a book, please visit the NAMI office and complete a checkout slip. Books are due back one month after checkout.

Here are a few books recommended by our members and staff:

A Life Worth Waiting For: Messages from a Survivor, Dwight Lee Wolter (1989): Although this book was written for Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families, the author masterfully uses poetry and short stories to share his personal experiences and his recovery journey.

Anatomy of an Illness: As Perceived by the Patient, Norman Cousins (1981): This best selling book provides the story of how a physician and patient partnered to successfully fight a crippling disease.  The author speaks of his personal experiences of recovery using laughter, his body’s natural healing resources and his mind.

Coping with Voices: Self-Help Strategies for People Who Hear Voices That are Distressing, Patricia Deegan & Carolyn Affa: The purpose of this self-help guide is to help you learn specific techniques that may enable you to gain control over or eliminate voices that you find distressing.

Dante’s Cure, Daniel Dorman, M.D. (2004): Catherine Penney, labeled with Schizophrenia in her teens, spent three years in a catatonic state at a psychiatric hospital.  Dante’s Cure tells the moving true story of Catherine’s courageous journey, written by the doctor who treated her without using psychotropic drugs.

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