By Leah Harris
Books are good medicine. For as long as the written word has existed, people have found solace and strength in the thoughts of others revealed on the page. The field of bibliotherapy is based on research that shows how reading can nurture our mental health while expanding our minds, as well as our sense of what’s possible for ourselves and our world. Bibliotherapy is a powerful self-help tool as well as a practice to be enjoyed with others in book clubs or other settings. Here are four books to ignite your spirit and imagination in the new year.
Leah Harris is a non-binary, queer, neurodivergent, disabled Jewish writer, facilitator, and organizer working in the service of truth-telling, justice-doing, and liberation. They’ve had work published in the New York Times, CNN, and Pacific Standard. You can learn more about their work at their website and follow them on Instagram.