- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Heralded as the best thing to come out of the 50’s since the Hoola Hoop, Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 describes a post modern version of America, in which books are outlawed for their ability to create unhappiness and discord. Guy Montage, a fireman stuck in an happy marriage, dedicates his career to seeking out the lethal novels threatening his happiness.
Bradbury’s novel cuts to the root of humanities subliminal desire to be controlled by the ever present media, easily accessible drugs or overbearing government.
2. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
“A brutal triple murder in the Scottish Highlands leads to the arrest of a 17 year old boy. The boy’s confession to the crime makes it clear that he is guilty. Only the country’s best legal and psychiatric minds stand between the accused and the gallows.”
Recording the life of Roderick Macrae, Burnet delivers us a true story of how madness can manifest itself in the lives of even the most ordinary people.
3. The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories From a Child Psychiatrist Notebook by Dr. Bruce D. Perry
Although the name sounds distinctly like the title of a new Disney movie, don’t be deceived. The Boy who Was Raised as a Dog, is one of my all time favorite books. Perry tells the story of children who have ‘witnessed unimaginable horrors’ from genocide survivors, murder witnesses, victims of kidnapping or domestic abuse…
Bruce D. Perry highlights the effect of trauma on a developing mind whilst demonstrating how the brain adapts to different circumstances. Combining compassion with rehabilitation, Perry shares the children’s heartfelt journey to recovery.