Bitter Medicine, written by Clem Martini with illustrations by Olivier Martini, is a book that is really three things: a glimpse into how a family struggles when someone is diagnosed with mental illness, a memoir of what it's like to suffer from a mental illness, and a picture of the past and current health systems and how it treats - and fails - those sufferers. While the physical size of the book made it awkward to hold at times, the layout just works so well with the illustrations and text that I can't really picture it any other way. Bitter Medicine is a finalist for the Alberta Readers Choice award - definitely check it out.
See more at Freehand Books.
Find it at IndieBound.
Read it with:
Tangles by Sarah Leavitt
Letters from the Lost by Helen Waldstein Wilkes
Too Bad by Robert Kroetsch
The Grizzly Manifesto by Jeff Gailus
Cinco de Mayo by Michael Martineck