Amy Lyman reviews From Depression to Contentment

From the moment I saw the eagle soaring above the snow-capped peaks on Bob Rich’s From Depression to Contentment: A Self-Therapy Book, I was hoping the pages inside would be as captivating. I am not disappointed.

I personally do depression, as Dr. Rich would say. After reading this guide, I have many new tools in my belt. From self-care to spirituality, Dr. Rich draws on case studies, cultural and historical references to inspire and help the reader. There is a lot of great information in here. Be prepared to come away with quite a reading list.

Personally, I found many aha! moments. Some even brought me to tears.

The language is lovely. There is even beautiful poetry, quite a contrast to a dark, ugly disorder.

My favorite section is the one on Mitzvahs, or secret good deeds. After Dr. Rich shared his own mitzvahs, I find myself not only wanting to read more of his work but also wanting to meet him for a cup of coffee. Compassion and vulnerability shine through each chapter.

As an author with a title character raven, the fact there were no less than seven bird references is not lost on me.

A recurring theme in the book is Something works for everyone, but nothing works for everyone. Dr. Rich does a fantastic job exploring different treatment options and emphasizing the importance of good self-care.

A must read. I highly recommend this book.

Amy Lyman, Children’s book author, Lucky G and the Melancholy Quokka: How Play Therapy can Help Children with Depression

How to Write a Suicide Note: Serial Essays that Saved a Woman's Life

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How to Write a Suicide Note examines the life of a Chinese/Black woman who grew up passing for
white, who grew up poor, who loves women but has always married white
men. Writing has saved her life. It has allowed her to name the
historical trauma--the racist, sexist, classist experiences that have
kept her from being fully alive, that have screamed at her loudly and
consistently that she was no good, and would never be any good-and that
no one could love her. Writing has given her the creative power to name
the experiences that dictated who she was, even before she was born, and
write notes to them, suicide notes.

Sherry Quan Lee believes writing saves lives; writing has saved her life.


Acclaim for How to Write a Suicide Note


"How to Write a Suicide Note is a haunting portrait of the daughter of an African mother and a Chinese father. Sherry dares to be who she isn't supposed to be, feel what she isn't supposed to feel, and destroys racial and gender myths as she integrates her bi-racial identity into all that she is. Through her raw honesty and vulnerability, Sherry captures a range of emotions most people are afraid to confront, or even share. Her work is a gift to the mental health community."

--Beth Kyong Lo, M.A., Clinical Psychologist


"Sherry Quan Lee offers us, in How to Write a Suicide Note, a deep breathing meditation on how love is under continuous revision. And like all the best Blues singers, Quan Lee voices the lowdown, dirty paces that living puts us through, but without regret or surrender."

Wesley Brown, author of Darktown Strutters and Tragic Magic


"I love the female aspects, the sex, and the strong voice Sherry Quan Lee uses to share her private life in How To Write A Suicide Note. I love the wit, the tongue-in-cheek, the trippiness of it all. I love the metaphors, especially the lover and suicide ones. I love the free-associations, the 'raving, ravenous, relentless' back and forth. Quan Lee breaks the rules and finds her genius. How to Write a Suicide Note is a passionate, risk-taking, outrageous, life-affirming book and love letter."

Sharon Doubiago, author of Body and Soul, Hard Country; and other works



Learn more about the author at www.SherryQuanLee.com



Book #2 in the Reflections of History Series from Modern History Press www.ModernHistoryPress.com



Modern History Press is an imprint of Loving Healing Press
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