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R4R @ Rutgers: Reading for Recovery

R4R is a resource geared towards those interested in the use of bibliotherapy, i. e., guided reading, for substance use problems. It was created at the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies Library in 2015-2016 with the help of an ALA Carnegie-Whitney grant.

Is Bibliotherapy Right for Me?

Why not give it a try? Aren't we all longing for some quiet me-time, when we can curl up with a good book and can get lost in time forgetting all the troubles of the world? Read more in a 2016 blog post entitled Are You In Need of Bibliotherapy? Can reading fiction solve your deepest psychological problems?

Bibliotherapy in the News

Anderson, H. (2015). Bibliotherapy: Can you read yourself happy? BBC.
Bowen, J. (2000). A spoonful of Dickens. Salon.
Dovey, C. (2015). Can reading make you happier? The New Yorker.
Gots, J. (2015). Anxious? Depressed? Literate? Try bibliotherapy. Big Think.
Lawson, C. (1990). Once upon a time in the land of bibliotherapyThe New York Times.
Martin, R. [Interviewer] & Elderkin, S. [Interviewee]. (2015). To cure what ails you, bibliotherapists prescribe literature. NPR.
Moulton, E. E. (2014). Bibliotherapy for teens: Helpful tips and recommended fiction. School Library Journal.
Price, L. (2013). When doctors prescribe books to heal the mind. The Boston Globe.
Rayner, J., McCrum, R., Clark, A., Lamont, T., Sarkodee-Adoo, I., & Wiseman, E. (2011). A dose of prose: Bibliotherapy. The Guardian.

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