WHAT ARE WE READING? July is Mental Health Awareness Month


Updated July 11, 2023 at 2:23 p.m.

July is not only a month of summer sunshine and outdoor adventures; it is also recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month—a time to focus on nurturing our emotional well-being. To aid you in this introspective journey, E. Shaver, Booksellers presents a collection of three thought-provoking books that delve into the intricacies of the human mind and offer guidance on self-discovery and healing.

"The Body Keeps the Score" by Bessel Van Der Kolk is a groundbreaking book that sheds light on the profound impact of trauma on the human body and mind. As an esteemed psychiatrist, Van Der Kolk draws upon his extensive research and clinical experience to explain how trauma affects not only our emotions but also our physical health. This insightful work presents a holistic understanding of trauma and provides practical tools for healing and reclaiming our lives. 

In a world that often overwhelms us with stress and anxiety, "Let That Sh*t Go" by Nina Purewal and Katie Petriw offers a refreshing perspective on finding inner peace and cultivating mindfulness. This engaging self-help book presents practical techniques and strategies for letting go of the things that no longer serve us, allowing us to create space for growth, happiness, and balance. Purewal and Petriw's humorous and relatable approach to mindfulness makes this book an accessible and enjoyable read for those who seek a lighter, more mindful existence.

"Good Morning, Monster" by Catherine Gildiner offers a riveting memoir that provides a rare glimpse into the therapist's office. Gildiner, a seasoned psychologist, recounts her experiences with five different patients, each grappling with their own unique struggles. Through these captivating stories, she explores themes of trauma, resilience, and the power of human connection. "Good Morning, Monster" is an engrossing read that invites readers to witness the complexities of the human mind and the profound transformations that can occur within the therapeutic relationship.

Published July 11, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.

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