Monday, November 27, 2017

Top ten books about mental hospitals

A.F. Brady is a writer, psychotherapist and mental health counsellor. Her debut novel is The Blind.

One of the author's ten best books about mental hospitals, as shared at the Guardian:
Gracefully Insane: The Rise and Fall of America’s Premier Mental Hospital by Alex Beam

A fictionalised setting for both The Bell Jar and Girl, Interrupted, McLean Hospital is the main character in Beam’s non-fiction work. He describes the hospital at administrative, clinical and patient levels, and explores the history of the physical plant itself, the society surrounding it, and its ultimate fate. Through the decades that McLean served as the backdrop for myriad stories of tragedy and recovery, Beam takes a critical, often aloof and sometimes comical approach to describing and dismantling the mysteries and nuances of a famed institution.
Read about another entry on the list.

My Book, The Movie: Gracefully Insane.

The Page 69 Test: Gracefully Insane.

--Marshal Zeringue