Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters
A writer traces the history of a man living on the streets of Cambridge, England, to find what led to a life of homelessness.
Breakfast at Sally's: One Homeless Man's Inspirational Journey by Richard Lemieux
"Sally's" is the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, which the author relied on for meals after his successful business collapsed and he became homeless.
Under the Overpass by Michael Yankoski
A college student puts his faith to the test by living on the streets.
Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg
A father's account of his teen daughter's struggle with the sudden onset of manic depression.
Also available as a CD
Mad House: Growing up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings by Clea Simon
The author's older brother and sister both developed schizophrenia in their teens.
Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff
A journalist's account of his teen son's meth addiction.
Also available as a digital audiobook
A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994 by Sylvia Nasar
Biography of a mathematical genius who suffered from schizophrenia; basis for the popular film.
Also available as large print, CD, cassette, and digital audiobook
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron
The classic account of a writer's struggle with depression.
Also available as large print
Room for J: A Family Struggles with Schizophrenia by Daniel S. Hanson
Written by the father of a boy with schizophrenia, and including journal entries from other family members.
The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey through Madness by Elyn R. Saks
Saks describes her battle with schizophrenia.
Also available as CD
Me, Myself, and Them: A Firsthand Account of One Young Person's Experience with Schizophrenia by Kurt Snyder
This first-person account also offers coping tips for other young people with schizophrenia.
Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family's Schizophrenia by Patrick Tracey
The author travels to Ireland to trace the ancestral path of his sisters' schizophrenia.
The Outsider: A Journey into My Father's Struggle with Madness by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
Lachenmeyer was nine when his father was struck by schizophrenia; after his father's death, the son retraced the father's life during the years of their estrangement.
Dante's Cure: A Journey out of Madness by Daniel Dorman
A doctor's account of his patient's journey toward recovery, which included extensive therapy.
Conquering Schizophrenia: A Father, His Son, and a Medical Breakthrough by Peter Wyden
A journalist's account of his son's thirty-year struggle with schizophrenia.
Joe Gould's Secret by Joseph Mitchell
In the early twentieth century, Gould left his wealthy family to live on the streets of New York City.
There is also a film based on this book. Available as a DVD or VHS
My 30 Days under the Overpass: (Not Your Ordinary Devotional) by Michael Yankoski
Of Others Inside: Insanity, Addiction, and Belonging in America by Darin Weinberg
The Homeless: Opposing Viewpoints
Through Our Eyes: Reflections on Homelessness
Designing for the Homeless: Architecture That Works by Sam Davis
Mental Illness/Mental Health
Strong Imagination: Madness, Creativity and Human Nature by Daniel Nettle
The Price of Greatness: Resolving the Creativity and Madness Controversy by Arnold M. Ludwig
College Students in Distress: A Resource Guide for Faculty, Staff, and Campus Community by Bruce S. Sharkin
The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Person's Path through Depression by Eric Maisel
Creative Recovery: A Complete Addiction Treatment Program That Uses Your Natural Creativity by Eric Maisel
Mental Illness: Opposing Viewpoints
Poets on Prozac: Mental Illness, Treatment, and the Creative Process
Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay R. Jamison
The Lost Soul Companion: Comfort and Constructive Advice for Struggling Artists, Writers, Musicians, and Other Free Spirits by Susan M. Brackney
Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill by Robert Whitaker
The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia: Helping Your Loved One Get the Most out of Life by Kim Tornvall Mueser
Getting Your Life Back Together When You Have Schizophrenia by Roberta Temes
Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Consumers, and Providers by E. Fuller (Edwin Fuller) Torrey
Schizophrenia: Comprehensive Treatment and Management by Marvin I. Herz
If Your Adolescent Has Schizophrenia: An Essential Resource for Parents by Raquel E. Gur
Music and the Mind
The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit by
The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit by Don G. Campbell
Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music That Transformed Their Lives by Cathleen Lewis
The Mozart Effect for Children: Awakening Your Child's Mind, Health, and Creativity with Music by Don G. Campbell
Diagnosing Genius: The Life and Death of Beethoven by Francois Martin Mai
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver W. Sacks
Finding Alice by Melody Carlson
During her senior year in college, it becomes obvious that Alice's 'quirks' are something more serious, and she undergoes treatment for schizophrenia in this work of inspirational fiction.
Body & Soul by Frank Conroy
Claude Rawlings, a child of the streets, is taken in by the owner of a music store, who fosters the boy's musical genius and his introduction to a world of affluence.
Also available as large print
The Caveman's Valentine by George Dawes Green
Romulus Ledbetter, a Juilliard graduate and former mental patient who lives in a cave in Manhattan's Inwood Park, discovers the frozen body of a homeless man.
The Bird of Night by Susan Hill
Octogenarian Harvey Lawson looks back on his relationship with his friend Francis Croft, a poet and genius afflicted with mental illness. A Costa (Whitbread) Awardâ€”winning novel.
Also available as large print
The Genius by Jesse Kellerman
When a recluse disappears from his shabby Queens apartment, he leaves behind hundreds of drawings which an art dealer appropriates, only to find that they are connected to decades-old unsolved murders.
In the Half Light by Anthony Lawrence
Australian poet James Molloy learns to deal with his schizophrenia while he relates to three different women in his life.
RL's Dream by Walter Mosley
Aging bluesman "Soupspoon" Wise, who once played with the legendary Robert "RL" Johnson, is evicted from his apartment and is taken in by a neighbor who has survived plenty of hard times in her own life.
Also available as large print and cassette
The Soloist by Mark Salzman
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and digital audiobook
When a hearing disorder ends his performing career, former child prodigy Reinhardt Sundheimer teaches cello students and becomes involved in a murder case when he is called to jury duty.
Cincinnati Benefits and Resources is a useful centralized website with links and contact information for local social services agencies, including many that serve people with mental illness and people who are homeless.
The Drop Inn Center is a shelter in Over the Rhine that provides services to those who are homeless.
The Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services is a tri-state agency providing a range of services to adults with severe mental illness.
The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless coordinates the work of 45 agencies with the goal of eliminating homelessness in Cincinnati.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. There is a Hamilton County chapter.
WebMD: Schizophrenia provides information about schizophrenia, including an overview, treatment options, hot topics, and support resources.
Mental Health America was formerly known as the National Mental Health Association. Their website provides information about diagnosis and treatment, support groups, and affiliates.
The Lamp Community of Los Angeles provides housing to homeless people living with mental illness.
Mental Health America Village of Los Angeles is an adult integrated services recovery program of Mental Health America of Los Angeles. This site houses many of Dr. Mark Ragins' writings including a downloadable version of "Road to Recovery"
For more information about Steve Lopez and his stories about Nathaniel Ayers, visit Steve Lopez Online, the author's official website; view or listen to the NPR story and interview with Lopez; and read the LA Times story about The Soloist.