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Enjoyed The Bell Jar? We’ve scoured the web for book blogs and looked at all of their recommendations for books that are similar to The Bell Jar. Here are 8 books that you may like if you liked The Bell Jar.

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The Yellow Wallpaper
Charlotte Perkins Gilman - 1996-09-01 (first published in 1892)
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Explore the unsettling effects of a woman's confinement in 'The Yellow Wallpaper,' a chilling story based on the author's own experiences. Stripped of her freedom, the protagonist struggles to maintain her sanity under the 'rest cure' for postpartum depression that confines her to a barred room in a colonial mansion. As she fixates on the pattern of the yellow wallpaper, the situation spirals further into an intimate and terrifying portrayal of mental breakdown. Written by one of America's pioneering feminist thinkers, this groundbreaking classic ignites conversations about mental health, gender roles, and the dangers of neglecting women's needs.
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Girl, Interrupted
Susanna Kaysen - 1994-04-19 (first published in 1993)
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This memoir follows an eighteen-year-old girl who spent two years in a psychiatric hospital during the late sixties. The hospital was known for its famous clientele and progressive methods. The author provides vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers, while also exploring the definitions of sanity, insanity, mental illness, and recovery. With horror and sharp perception, this book offers a clear-eyed and unflinching look into a parallel universe.
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Lena Dunham
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Turtles All the Way Down
John Green - 2017-10-10
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This bestselling novel from the acclaimed author of "Looking for Alaska" and "The Fault in Our Stars" tells a story of love, friendship, and resilience through the eyes of Aza Holmes. Aza never planned to investigate the disappearance of a billionaire, but the reward money is too good to ignore. Alongside her best friend Daisy, Aza navigates the storm of her own thoughts while uncovering secrets about the Pickett family. With beautiful writing and unflinching honesty, this book is a must-read for anyone in need of a reminder of the power of friendship and the strength of the human spirit.
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It's Kind of a Funny Story
Ned Vizzini - 2007-05-01 (first published in 2006)
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This book follows the journey of a determined New York City teenager who, after the pressure of succeeding becomes too much, finds himself in a mental hospital. There, he meets an array of interesting characters and is finally able to address the sources of his anxiety. Written by a former psychiatric hospital patient, this is a touching and unexpected tale about the road to happiness.
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Wishful Drinking
Carrie Fisher - 2008-12-02
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Celebrity, addiction, and mental illness: Wishful Drinking is a raw and hilarious account of Carrie Fisher's rollercoaster life. From playing Princess Leia at 19 to waking up next to a dead friend, this true story pulls no punches.
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Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf - 2002-10-28 (first published in 1925)
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An entrancing story of a day in two lives united by circumstance. Clarissa Dalloway prepares for a party, while Septimus Warren Smith suffers from shell-shock and is on the brink of madness. Virginia Woolf's masterful novel employs interior monologue to perfect a convergence of past, present, and future in one momentous day in June 1923. A must-read literary classic.
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Corey Robin
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Prozac Nation
Elizabeth Wurtzel - 1995-10-01 (first published in 1994)
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This ground-breaking memoir delves into the mind of an over-diagnosed generation characterized by Kurt Cobain, Xanax, and pierced tongues. Chronicling her journey through depression and drug abuse, Elizabeth Wurtzel offers a witty and poignant exploration of psychopharmacology during a unique era. A must-read for fans of Girl, Interrupted and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar.
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky - 1999-02-01
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Experience the highs and lows of high school in this coming-of-age tale. Follow the journey of a teenager as he navigates first dates, family drama, new friends, and the thrills and dangers of sex and drugs. Along the way, discover the power of friendship and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Don't miss out on this poignant and wild ride of growing up.
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