Anyone else appreciate a good book? Well, as a sufferer of SI for 12 years now, and proudly SI free since February 3, 2008!! I have found comfort in a couple books that I've sat down and read. Better than reality....and actually touch on some very sensitive topics that might strike a chord with individuals in this forum.... First, "Cut" by: Patricia McCormick. It's about a young girl named Callie. Like a lot of us, she has a secret problem with cutting. Soon a school nurse discovers her injuries and suggests she get help from a resident treatment facility. This book doesn't just deal with "getting better." It shows the real side....the painful side of what she does to herself and why it helps so much. It also gives you a feeling that you're not alone. I found it to be a powerful book that hit the nail right on the honest head of self-injury...and how it can all still end happily--but not without effort. The second book I feel like ranting about is, "A Bright Red Scream" by: Marilee Strong. This is a non-fiction book on a study conducted by Marilee Strong and is composed of chilling first hand interviews by self-injurers that help shine some light on this otherwise unfamiliar condition. Even though some of the interviews began to make me feel emotional, I was able to connect to the stories told in this book, and since I no longer felt alone in my problem, I have been able to slowly recover from SI. And the last thing I want to rant about is not a book, but an indie film that I found to be absolutely phenomenal. It's called, "Wristcutters: A Love Story." Starring Patrick Fugit (the cute boy from "Saved" ) I'm taking this summary right off the back of the box. lol "Distraught after breaking up with his girlfriend, Zia decides to end it all. Unfortunately, he discovers that there is no real ending, only a run-down afterlife that is strikingly similar to his old one, only a bit worse. Discovering that his ex-girlfriend has also "offed" herself, he sets out on a road trip, with his Russian rocker friend, to find her. Their journey takes them through an absurd purgatory where they discover that being dead doesn't mean you have to stop livin'!" Now this might sound a little ridiculous, but it also sounds like just what you need. A real, no bullshit story of someone deciding to end it all. What does it mean? Where do you go? Can I learn to appreciate what I have here and now? Everything is answered in this beautiful little film that is at the same time darkly hilarious and ends with a smile. So yeah. I hope I succeeded in getting some people interested in some new books or flicks. And if you have anything you want to add, post it here. I'm always looking for new things..... And yeah. Sorry about this long, unprovoked book/film review. Just thought it could apply....and I felt like flexing my Journalism muscles.