2017-118 Books From 51 Nightstands of People Navigating Chronic Illness


118 books from 51 Nightstands~2017

I started The Nightstand Collective Project in order to learn what other people were doing with their time while confined to bed; what tools were they using for their physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. I have often found the process of managing chronic illness to be an isolating experience, and the times when I was consumed with trying to understand this process in my body has ebbed and flowed. I wanted to know what other people were experiencing and working with during these vulnerable times. The items on our bedroom nightstand are the most revealing in this journey. I was curious.

After a year of collecting nightstand stories I am starting to see some patterns and themes that run throughout all of the nightstands. One of and the strongest items by far is the old fashioned book. Actual paper books are thriving! A few Kindle's are featured and when they are I have asked for the top books being read at the time, but by and large books are the rule. I have gathered the list of all the books from 51 nightstands and here it is. I am simply fascinated by this list. I had anticipated the books to be primarily about illness, and was honestly surprised to find that they are hardly any on the topic of physical illness, but rather books on tools to manage spiritual and mental health. Lots of plain old fantasy distraction and coloring books are heavily used. Largely missing from this list is romance novels. Interesting.





13 Reasons Why, By Jane Asher.

A Very Short Introduction Series, by Oxford University Press

Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief, byDavid Winston, and Steven Maimes

Addiction and Grace, by Gerald May.

Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book

All The Joy You Can Stand, by Debrena Jackson Gandy

Art Therapy Disney Princesses

Artful, by Ali Smith

Awakenings, by Thomas Keating.

Barking Up The Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success is Wrong, by Eric Barker

Braving The Wilderness, by Brene Brown

Build Your Own Independent Nation, by Sakagushi Kyohei

Calm: 50 Mindfulness Exercises to de-stress and unwind, by Dr. Arlene Unger

Chernobyl Prayer, by Svetlana Alexievich.

Children's Bible

Children's Bible.

CoDependant No More, by Melody Beattie.

Color Therapy Coloring Book

Compassion and Self Hate, by Theodore Rubin MD. 

Complete Etiquette: The Complete Modern Guide For Day-To-Day Living The Correct Way, by Frances Benton.

Courage, by Anna Akhmatova

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within All of Us, by Tom Kelley and David Kelley

Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith

D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths.

Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige.

Dust, by Patricia Cornwall

Fantastic Beasts, by J.K. Rowling

For Boys Only: The Biggest, Baddest Book Ever, by Marc Aronson.

Fourth Way Teachings, by Rebecca Nottingham.

Fragments, by Murat Yagan.

Fuck Feelings: One Shrink's Practical Advice For Managing All Of Life's Impossible Problems, by Michael Bennett, MD and Sarah Bennett.

Get Your Shit Together, by Ruth Field

Giapponeserie, by Antonio Marazzi

Going After Cacciato, by Tim O'Brien

Growing a Feast, by Kurt Timmermeister

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, by  J.K Rowling

Haunthed, by Chaun Palanik

How Can I Get Better, by Dr. Richard Horowitz

How To Smoke Pot (properly): A Highbrow Guide To Getting High, by David Bienenstock

Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh

 I Thought It Was Just Me, by Brene Brown

I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, by Silvie Simmons  

If You Feel Too Much, by Jamie Tworkowski

Iliad and The Odyssey, by Homer.

Inner Work, by Robert Johnson.

Intern, by Doctor X

Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

 Lonely Planet To Somewhere

Love Poems, by Nikki Giovani

Making Friends With Your Mind, by Pema Chodron

Man's Search For Meaning, by Victor Frankl

Managing Thought, by Mary J Lore

Maps of The Disney Parks, by Vanessa Hunt

Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs.

Morrissey Autobiography

Mrs. Fletcher, by Tom Perrotta

Multicultural Japan, Edited by Denoon, Hudson, McCormack, and Morris Suzuki.

My Brother, by Jamaica Kincaid

Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of law, by Dean Spade

Not That Kind Of Girl, by Lena Dunham

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey

Painted Shadow, by Carole Seymor-Jones

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Practical Mysticism, by Evelyn Underhill

Proust Was A Neuroscientist, by Jonah Lehrer

Red Dust, by Gillian Slovo  

Relationships, by The School of Life & Alan de Botton

Saving The Appearances, by Owen Barfield.

Selected Poems, by Sergei Esenini

Sing, unburied, sing- By Jesmyn Ward

Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult

Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, by Pablo Hidalgo, and Simon Beecroft.

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

SweetBitter, by Stephanie Danler

The Alchemy of Illness, by Kat Duff

The Angry Book, by Theodore Rubin MD.

The Art of Stillness, by Pico Iyer

The Bell Lap, by Muriel A Murch

*The Bible

The Bipolar Handbook, by Wes Burgess

The Book of Human Emotions: From Ambiguphobia to Umpty- 154 Words From Around The World For How We Feel, by Tiffany Watt Smith

The Christian Archetype, by Edward Edinger.

The Complete Poems and Tales of Edgar Allen Poe

The Cosmic Christ, by Hans-Werner Schroeder.

The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed & Lorraine Warren, by Gerald Brittle.

The Diabetic Athlete's Handbook, by Sheri Colberg.

The Divided Self, By R.D.Laing.

The Enchantress Returns, by Chris Colfer. 

The Five Second Rule, by Mel Robbins

The Four, by Scott Galloway

The French Lieutenants Woman, by John Fowles

The Geology of The Island of Arran, Andrew Crombie Ramsey

The Healer, by Greg Hollingshead

The Lonely City, by Olivia Laing          

The Magic Mountain, by Thomas Mann.

The Museum of Unconditional Surrender, by Dubravka Ugresic

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, by Robert Macfarlane

The Pagoda, by Patricia Powell

The Poisoners Handbook, by Deborah Blum

The Ragmuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning

The Science of Universal Awe Vol 1, by Ahmsta Kebzeh.

The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, by Carol J Adams

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, by Elizabeth Tova Bailey

The Spiritual Challenge of Midlife: Crisis and Opportunity, by Anselm Grum.

The Story of The Other Wise Man, by Henry Van Dyke

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counter Intuitive Approach to Living A Good Life,

                                                                                                by Mark Manson

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

The Wahls Protocol, by  Terry Wahls

The War of the Gods in Addiction, by David Schoen.

The Way of Hermes, by Hermes Trismegistus.

The Yellow Brick War, by Danielle Paige.

Think Like A Pancreas, by Gary Scheiner

Unbearable Splendor, by Sun Yung Shin

Unstoppable, By Bill Nye

Waking Up White, by Debby Irving

Waste Free Kitchen, by Dana Gunders

* When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chodron

Where Does it Hurt, by Johnathan Bush and Stephen Baker

*Wild, by Cheryl Strayed

Women Who Run With The Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

YOU are a BADASS: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life, by Jen Sincero.

You Deserve A Drink, by Mamrie Hart

(*= appears on more than one nightstand)