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Will James H. Madison deliver his Indy Author Evening talk from a 1958 Studebaker Silver Hawk?

September 22, 2014 by Reader's Connection

Probably not. His program, on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:00 p.m., will take place in in the Nina Mason Pulliam Special Collections Room on the sixth floor of Central Library, and the Silver Hawk won’t make it in the door.

But click on the picture, and you can see a YouTubed Madison at the wheel of this Hoosier vehicle, and at various Indiana locations, talking about his new book Hoosiers : A New History of Indiana; and he’ll be discussing that book, and signing copies, when he visits Central.

Hoosiers : A New History of Indiana

Madison mentioned Hoosiers during the 2013 Meet the Authors program–he was the Regional Author winner of the Indiana Authors Award last year–and I wondered about the title. I figured this was a 2nd edition of Madison’s 1986 book The Indiana Way: A State History; and I didn’t know why its name had changed. But as my fellow Pennsylvanian-turned-Hoosier explains on the YouTube: Indiana has changed, and scholarship has changed, and the author’s perspective has in some ways changed. He’s telling new stories.

All three Indy Author Evenings will happen there on the sixth floor of Central Library, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Book signings will follow each event.

Tuesday, October 14th – James H. Madison
Monday, October 20th – David Hoppe and Douglas Wissing
Wednesday, October 22nd – Michael Martone, Barb Shoup, Ray Boomhower, and Greg Shwipps.



Managing Depression

September 18, 2014 by Reader's Connection

With Robin Williams’s recent passing, articles and news stories covering depression and treatment have increased. Here is a selection of IndyPL material available to help patrons who want to learn more about this condition.

Recent Titles

Exercise for Mood and Anxiety (2011) — Otto, Michael

Exercise for Mood and AnxietyWith Exercise for Mood and Anxiety, Michael Otto and Jasper Smits, well-known authorities on cognitive behavioral therapy, take their empirically-based mood regulation strategy from the clinic to the general public. Written for those with diagnosed mood disorders as well as those who simply need a new strategy for managing the low mood and stress that is an everyday part of life, this book provides readers with step-by-step guidance on how to start and maintain an exercise program geared towards improving mood, with a particular emphasis on understanding the relationship between mood and motivation. Readers learn to attend carefully to mood states prior to and following physical activity in order to leverage the full benefits of exercise, and that the trick to maintaining an exercise program is not in applying more effort, but in arranging one’s environment so that less effort is needed. As a result readers not only acquire effective strategies for adopting a successful program, but are introduced to a broader philosophy for enhancing overall well-being. Providing patient vignettes, rich examples, and extensive step-by-step guidance on overcoming the obstacles that prevent adoption of regular exercise for mood, Exercise for Mood and Anxiety is a unique translation of scientific principles of clinical and social psychology into an action-based strategy for mood change. — Publisher’s note



Depression (2011) — Wasserman, Danuta (When this book is received, its title will probably become Depression: The Facts.)

Written and laid out in a simple-to-read fashion, the book avoids medical terminology and statistics. Intended primarily for laypersons, the book provides concise but simple to understand information about depression. It draws on the knowledge gained from biological and psychosocial research as well as the extensive clinical experience of the author. – Doody’s Review



Depression: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (2012) by Lee H. Coleman

Depression: A Guide for the Newly DiagnosedAt a little over 150 pages, this book is not meant to be an extensive compendium regarding depression treatment. As the title suggests, it is sort of a beginner’s guide to dealing with depression. For those who have already been in treatment for a significant amount of time, this book probably will not offer much new information. For individuals who have just been diagnosed (or who feel that they may be suffering from depression), however, this book offers a wealth of information. Also, for anyone who may suspect that they are suffering from depression, this book will serve as a guide on how to go about finding treatment. — Click here for the whole PsychCentral review.

Depression : A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed is also available as a downloadable e-book.


Managing Your Depression: What You Can Do to Feel Better (2013) — Susan J. Noonan

Managing Your Depression: What You Can Do to Feel Better
This practical and compassionate handbook is perfectly suited to individuals living with depression: in accessible language, it offers firm, specific advice and quick cognitive tests and self-assessment metrics that even those in the deepest of doldrums will find helpful and relevant. — Publishers Weekly 

Managing Your Depression is also available as a downloadable e-book.





Winter Blues Survival Guide: A Workbook for Overcoming SAD (2014) — Norman E. Rosenthal

Winter Blues Survival Guide: A Workbook for Overcoming SAD

What makes this book stand out above the rest on the subject is its easy-to-follow structure. Because Rosenthal has broken down each aspect of the disorder, you can easily follow the path to recovery no matter your current level of intensity. Whether your symptoms include fatigue, increased appetite, depression, reduced sex drive, difficulty waking, or a combination, the book can help you find a clear and practical set of strategies for overcoming them. — PsychCentral



When Life Goes Dark: Finding Hope in the Midst of Depression


When Life Goes Dark: Finding Hope in the Midst of Depression (2012) — Richard Winter

This book is a helpful guide for those who find themselves, their loved ones or those they counsel vulnerable to depression. Find here a framework both for understanding depression and for rediscovering hope. — InterVarsity Press





Spontaneous Happiness — (2011) Andrew Weil

Spontaneous Happiness


Weil’s enormously successful blend of mainstream and alternative therapies has earned him the reputation as guru of integrative medicine. — Publishers Weekly

Spontaneous Happiness is also available as a downloadable audiobook, an audiobook on CD, a downloadable e-book and in large print.





Total Recovery: Solving the Mystery of Chronic Pain and Depression (2014) — Gary Kaplan

Total Recovery: Solving the Mystery of Chronic Pain and DepressionAbout 100 million Americans live with some form of chronic pain; more than the combined number who suffer from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. But chronic pain has always been a mystery. It often returns at the slightest provocation, even when doctors cant find anything wrong. Oddly enough, whether the pain is physical or emotional, traumatic or slight, our brains register all pain as the same thing, and these signals can keep firing in the nervous system for months, even years.In Total Recovery, Dr. Gary Kaplan argues that weve been thinking about disease all wrong. Drawing on dramatic patient stories and cutting-edge research, the book reveals that chronic physical and emotional pain are two sides of the same coin. New discoveries show that disease is not the result of a single event but an accumulation of traumas. Every injury, every infection, every toxin, and every emotional blow generates the same reaction: inflammation, activated by tiny cells in the brain, called microglia. Turned on too often from too many assaults, it can have a devastating cumulative effect.Conventional treatment for these conditions is focused on symptoms, not causes, and can leave patients locked into a lifetime of pain and suffering. Dr. Kaplans unified theory of chronic pain and depression helps us understand not only the cause of these conditions but also the issues we must address to create a pathway to healing. With this revolutionary new framework in place, we have been given the keys to recover. — Publisher’s note

Total Recovery is also available as an audiobook on CD and a downloadable audiobook.


Back From the Brink: True Stories and Practical Help for Overcoming Depression and Bipolar Disorder (2014) — Graeme Cowan

Back From the Brink: True Stories and Practical Help for Overcoming Depression and Bipolar Disorder


For those searching for evidence of recovery from mental and addictive disorders – including those affected, their families and friends, and professionals serving them – you have them in Back From the Brink. Thanks to Graeme Cowan for giving us these stories. — Psychology Today 

Back From the Brink is also available as a downloadable e-book.




Defeating Depression: The Calm and Sense Way to Find Happiness and Satisfaction (2011) — Leo J. Battenhausen

Defeating Depression: The Calm and Sense Way to Find Happiness and SatisfactionBattenhausen’s book would make a welcome addition to psychology classes or any self-help book collection. Fans of Oprah’s favorite self-help authors like Iyanla Vanzant or Dr. Phil will enjoy this book. The combination of his no-nonsense advice with his concrete steps for action make Defeating Depression a self-help book that make readers not only feel better, but take control of their lives. Leo Battenhausen is a counselor that gives advice that readers should listen to and seek out for help in their lives through this text. Defeating Depression is a self-help book that guides readers on a rewarding journey to become their best selves. —

Defeating Depression is also available as a downloadable e-book.


Dealing With Depression: Understanding and Overcoming the Symptoms of Depression (2010) — Caroline Shreeve

Dealing With Depression: Understanding and Overcoming the Symptoms of Depression

This book describes how to recognize the symptoms of depression, and discusses the physical and psychological causes of depression. It also helps readers learn how to arm themselves against depression, with a highly effective, personalized self-help program. It explains what depression really is, and why it strikes, and tells how an estimated one in four adults is affected at some time in their lives. I recommend this book because it not only informs the reader of depression in interesting details, but also informs about techniques for coping and relaxing, and how counseling and psychotherapy can help. The author Dr. Caroline Shreeve, is a respected expert who provides advice for families, work colleagues, and much more. — A Bibliography on Depression 


Out of the Blue: Six Non-Medication Ways to Relieve Depression (2014) — Bill O’Hanlon

Out of the Blue: Six Non-Medication Ways to Relieve Depression


O’Hanlon does an excellent job of aggregating extensive research with stories from his own life, his teachers and clients, and those well-known figures who have been depressed and survived and thrived. He somehow manages to take all that data, both qualitative and quantitative, and put it together in an easy-to-understand and engaging read that gives clinicians very useful tools. — PsychCentral




My Depression: A Picture Book (2014)

My Depression: A Picture Book

This intimate journey through long-term depression is by turns tender, funny, poignant, and uplifting. Swados’ charming words and frenzied drawings bring home the experience of severe depression, from the black cloud forming on the horizon to feelings of self-loathing and loss of self-confidence; from contemplating suicide, which Swados describes as wandering off into the Sahara desert (discounting the buzzards and the scorpions), to actively seeking out methods for fighting depression—including psychics, diet, and repression therapy—to experimenting with antidepressants that make you snippy, sleepy, or judgmental. My Depression is an engaging and heartening memoir of an illness that has been stigmatized for too long and on how it is possible to survive, one little challenge at a time, with medication and the occasional tasty, messy slice of pizza; with dancing to a boombox on the street and thanking the mailman for the newest catalogue, then proceeding to read it cover to cover! — Publisher’s note

My Depression: A Picture Book is also available as a downloadable e-book.



An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness (1995) — Kay Redfield Jamison

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

In An Unquiet Mind, psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison has written an extraordinary account of her experience with manic-depression (the term she prefers to bipolar disorder). For more than three decades, Dr. Jamison has lived with this “quicksilver” illness, with its mercurial moods, and with its “peculiar kind of pain, elation, loneliness, and terror.” No reader will be untouched by her memoir, which is inarguably one of the most powerful, insightful, and eloquent depictions of life with this illness. — National Alliance on Mental Illness

An Unquiet Mind is also available as a downloadable e-book.


Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness (1990) — William Stryon

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

William Styron’s Darkness Visible, a terse, dead-serious account of his own bout with suicidal depression in the mid-1980s, shocks us back to reality. There is nothing picturesque about the debilitating mind-storm Styron describes in this intense 84-page book. Depression, he reminds us, is a dreadful illness ”which can be as serious a medical affair as diabetes or cancer.” It can be treated, but as with diabetes and cancer, a cure is problematic. For many depressives — Styron lists ”a sad but scintillant roll call” of artists that includes Hart Crane, Primo Levi, Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf, John Berryman, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, and Diane Arbus — the only solution is self-destruction. In his usual ornate and eloquent prose but with an understandable mutedness, he tells us how close he came to that alternative, and how, with the sometimes dubious aid of drugs and psychotherapy, he managed to step back from the brink. — Entertainment Weekly 

Darkness Visible is also available as a downloadable e-book.


Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (2000) — David D. Burns

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

Summary: Many of our members suffer from depression from years of being in an invalidating home environment. Feeling Good is the book most frequently “prescribed” by psychologists for patients undergoing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Clinical studies have shown patient improvement by just reading the book – a treatment known as bibliotherapy. Four (4) million copies have been sold in the United States. — Facing the Facts 

Feeling Good is also available as a downloadable e-book.



The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression (2001) — Andrew Solomon

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of DepressionAs Andrew Solomon suggests in this exhaustively researched, provocative and often deeply moving survey of depression, depression is ”usually the consequence of a genetic vulnerability activated by external stress.” For Solomon, for whom depression has been far more than an academic subject, the most useful vocabulary is often metaphorical: depression is a tree choked and smothered by a parasitic vine, yielding only ”a few desperate little budding sticks of oak”; depression is ”like feeling your clothing slowly turning into wood on your body”; it’s ”like trying to watch TV through terrible static”; ”like going blind”; ”like going deaf.” In Emily Dickinson’s yet more eloquent words, depression is ”a funeral in the brain.” Yet paradoxically, and here is where the foreignness of mental illness is most pointed, those afflicted with depression are often ambivalent about it, as no one is ambivalent about physical illness. — The New York Times

The Noonday Demon is also available as a downloadable e-book and a downloadable audiobook.


When Bad Things Happen to Good People (1981, other editions since) — Harold S. Kushner

When Bad Things Happen to Good People


This classic work challenges us to make meaning out of suffering and loss. — Spirituality & Practice


When Bad Things Happen to Good People is also available as a downloadable e-book, a downloadable audiobook and an audiobook on CD.




What to Do When Someone You Love is Depressed (1996, other editions since) — Mitch Golant

What to Do When Someone You Love is Depressed

Mitch and Susan K. Golant’s What to Do When Someone You Love is Depressed is excellent for families who are newly dealing with loved ones with clinical depression. The Golants also provide insight into the “blues,” which are distinguished from clinical depression. This book can answer many of the questions asked by families in the moments of distress as they first watch their loved one struggle with depression. — National Alliance on Mental Illness

What to Do When Someone You Love is Depressed is also available as a downloadable e-book.


The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression (2012 edition) — William Knaus

The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression

William Knaus has been a leading practitioner and teacher of cognitive behavior therapy for over four decades. In The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression, he draws from his vast store of experience to provide people who struggle with depression practical, usable strategies they can put to immediate use to not only feel better, but to get better. Written in an engaging, accessible manner, the book is chock full of powerful tools that, when compiled into a personal action plan, can both defeat depression and build a happy, productive life. I think this is a substantial book anyone, not just the depressive, will find valuable, and I highly endorse it for both the lay public and the clinical community alike. I know that I will keep it handy for my own personal reference and repeatedly encourage my clients to purchase it. — Russell Grieger, PhD, clinical psychologist

The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression is also available as a downloadable e-book.

The Depression Cure: the 6-Step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs (2009) — Stephen IlardiThe Depression Cure: the 6-Step Program to Beat Depression Without DrugsIn his book, author Stephen Ilardi argues that the rate of depression among Americans is roughly ten times higher today than it was just two generations ago, and he points the blame to our modern life-style. Everything is so much easier today than it was back when we had to hunt and gather. Why doesn’t the convenience translate into happiness? — PsychCentralThe Depression Cure is also available as an audiobook on CD.

Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn’t Teach You and Medication Can’t Give you (2010 edition) — Richard O’Connor

Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give you

Despite therapy, medication, and support from loved ones, the major reason people with depression stay depressed is that they don’t know how else to be. They know how to do depression; they are experts at it. In a futile effort to save themselves from pain, they have learned habits that feel normal and natural, like part of the self. But these emotional habits backfire; instead of reducing pain, they just perpetuate depression. This book, by a psychotherapist who has personally struggled with–and overcome–depression himself, teaches you how to unlearn the “skills of depression” and replace them with healthier, more adaptive ways of being. — Publisher’s note

Undoing Depression is also available as a downloadable e-book and an audiobook on CD.


The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (2007) — Mark Williams et al.

The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic UnhappinessThe original authors joined forces with Kabat-Zinn to produce The Mindful Way through Depression (MWD), which serves this purpose well. The book is divided into four sections. The first gives a clear account of depression, how it is perpetuated, and how mindfulness can help to break the cycle. Part two introduces mindfulness practices, especially those focusing on the breath. There is an emphasis on the acceptance of mental distractions – or ‘mind waves’ as they are referred to – as natural and inevitable. Moreover, distractions are presented as ideal learning opportunities; when one is caught up in something, one can learn how to disengage, and so become more familiar with the experience of not being caught up. This section also teaches how mindfulness can offer an alternative to unhelpful rumination, which plays a key part in exacerbating depression. — Western Buddhist Review

The Mindful Way through Depression is also available as a downloadable audiobook and an audiobook on CD.


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Did you know there was a spike in the spiritualist business around the time of Princess Di’s death?

September 15, 2014 by Reader's Connection

Next Life Might Be KinderHere we have two novels featuring characters who communicate, on a regular basis, with the dead. Howard Norman’s new novel Next Life Might Be Kinder is an easier story to track, because there’s only one dead person involved, Elizabeth Church, and only one living correspondent, her widowered husband Sam Lattimore.

Elizabeth was murdered by a bellman in their hotel, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sam moved to a cottage in Port Medway, and he sees Elizabeth almost every night. She lines up 11 books on the beach. (A librarian’s afterlife? No.) Sam’s therapist tries to tell him that this isn’t really happening; and one couple, friends of his, can look out their window and see him talking down on the beach; but they say nothing about it, at least for a while.

Sam made a bunch of money by selling a Norwegian filmmaker the right to film the story of Elizabeth’s murder, and now he’s infuriated that the filming is going on. He isn’t cooperating. This rich, dark story jumps back and forth between Sam’s time with the living Elizabeth and his time with the Elizabeth on the beach.


Beyond Black

Wait a minute. I shouldn’t throw that word dark around so casually, since my other communicant is the British Alison Hart, in Hilary Mantel’s 2005 novel Beyond Black. Alison talks with all sorts of dead people. She does it for a living. She began seeing the dead during her dreadful childhood, when her mom was pimping her out. Her “spirit guide” is a loathsome, boring little dead guy named Morris, who talks with his loathsome, boring dead pals about pickled eggs and mutton pies and other foods you can’t get anymore. And they laugh about loathsome things they’ve done. Spirit guide?

Alison does individual consults, but she also goes to spirit fayres, and readers get the impression that she’s the most authentic of the individuals (mostly women) pursuing this line of work. She acquires a business manager named Colette, from whose point of view parts of the story are told. Colette tries to get Alison to make some changes in her life, and they even move into a new house, which can’t be haunted because no one has lived there. Alison is firmly planted, though, in some ring or another of Dante’s hell; and there are problems even in this spanking-new home.

At the center of Next Life Might Be Kinder is Sam Lattimore’s love for his murdered Elizabeth and his rapturous memories of their life together. Nothing of the sort exists for Alison. The darkness in Beyond Black is unrelieved. The book is acidly funny, and gives me an idea of what I missed when I didn’t go “caving” in my Bloomington days; so I’m grateful to have read it. But you’ve been warned.


2 Reviews from IndyPL Patrons

September 14, 2014 by Reader's Connection

One patron is reviewing a book, and the other is reviewing an IndyPL web feature.

The Seventh Mother

The Seventh Mother (©2014) by Sherri Wood Emmons, 2012 Emerging Author Award Nominee, Indiana Authors Award 

This was an excellent book. It was difficult to take a break from reading it. A must read! – Jennifer

The Seventh Mother is also available as a downloadable e-book.


The library’s Freegal music catalog is pretty great. I downloaded the Freegal app to my iPhone, and now download songs on a weekly basis. #Galactic #BobDylan #BlackRebelMotorcycleClub – Ryan


Side note: The September 30th meeting of the Spades Park Poetry Program, announced in an earlier post, has been cancelled.


Before You See the Movie

September 11, 2014 by Reader's Connection

Books have always served as inspiration for Hollywood, but right now is an especially exciting time for book and movie lovers. This year saw the release of some major book-to-movie titles, and movie studios continue to craft hundreds of bestsellers and beloved classics into big-screen adaptations.

Now is the perfect time to freshen up your reading list and read the book before the movie comes out. Let’s be honest with ourselves, it’s always better that way! Check out this list of 25 books to read before you see the movie.


A Long Way Down


A Long Way Down- Nick Hornby




A Walk in the Woods


A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson




Beautiful Ruins


Beautiful Ruins – Jess Walter






Brooklyn – Colm Tóibín




Child 44


Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith




Dark Places


Dark Places – Gillian Flynn




Every Secret Thing


Every Secret Thing – Laura Lippman




Far From the Madding Crowd


Far From the Madding Crowd




If I Stay


If I Stay – Gale Forman




In the Garden of Beasts


In the Garden of Beasts – Erik Larson




Live by Night


Live by Night – Dennis LeHane






Serena – Ron Rash




Suite Francaise


Suite Francaise – Irène Némirovsky




The Best of Me


The Best of Me – Nicholas Sparks




The Engagements


The Engagements – J. Courtney Sullivan




The Glass Castle


The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls




The Maze Runner


The Maze Runner – James Dashner




The Night Circus


The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern




The Zookeeper’s Wife


The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman




Then They Came for Me


Then They Came for Me – Maziar Bahari




Thirteen Reasons Why


Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher




This is Where I Leave You


This is Where I Leave You – Jonathan Tropper






Trash – Andy Mulligan






Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand






Wild – Cheryl Strayed



You can check out all of these titles and more at the Indianapolis Public Library!

-Selector Jessica Lawrence