Narrative Medicine for Caregivers & Family Members

The Year of Magical Thinking

By Joan Didion

Account of a wife's response to the sudden death of her husband while their daughter is very ill. It chronicles one woman's process of grieving.

Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal

By Rachel Naomi Remen

Rachel Naomi Remen discusses how the act of storytelling can be healing.

Fires in the Dark: Healing the Unquiet Mind

By Kay Redfield Jamison

Kay Jamison writs about psychotherapy what makes a great healer, and the role of imagination and memory in regenerating the mind. She looks at the vital role of artists and writers, as well as exemplary figures who have helped to heal us as a people.

Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma

By Melanie Brooks

Acclaimed memoirists describe the process of writing their most painful memories.

Writing Alone and With Others

By Pat Schneider

Schneider's methods are available in this well-organized book that guides the reader through the perils of solitary writing and goes on to explore the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method. He offers over 100 writing exercises on ways to jumpstart when experiencing writer's block.

Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life

By Dani Shapiro

This book offers a witty, heartfelt, practical look at the exhilarating and challenging process of storytelling.

How to love the world: Poems of gratitude and hope

By James Crews

The book offers readers uplifting, deeply felt, and relatable poems by well-known poets from all walks of life and all parts of the US. The author offers writing and reflection prompts as well as reading group questions and topics for discussion as well.