Mental Wellness Book Club

With new offerings every season, the Mental Wellness Book Club gives you the opportunity to read about a topic that interests you and to have a discussion about it in a welcoming and open environment. It is requested that those interested only register for ONE session to discuss a book that truly interests them. Each discussion can accommodate twelve (12) participants. Each participant will be supplied with a free copy of the book to read in advance.

The Mental Wellness Book Club is a Year of Healthy U project of the University Senate's Committee on Benefits and Welfare--Mental Wellness Task Force.

The Summer 2018 discussions are now closed. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Linda Tashbook, chair of the Senate's Benefits and Welfare Committee, at or by calling 412-648-1303.

Summer 2018


She's Come Undone, by Wally Lamb — Register

Date: Thursday, May 24, 12:00 pm
Location: Cathedral of Learning, Room 156
Hosts: Christina Newhill and Linda Tashbook

Dolores Price is 13, wise-mouthed, but wounded, having bid her childhood goodbye. Stranded in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years nourishing herself with the Mallomars, potato chips, and Pepsi that her anxious mother supplies. When she finally orbits into young womanhood at 257 pounds, Dolores is no longer stronger and life is no kinder. But this time, she’s determined to rise to the occasion and give herself one more chance before she really goes under.


Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brene Brown — Register

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 12:00 pm
Location: Cathedral of Learning, Room 156
Hosts: Tom Koloc and Lori Carnvale

When we spend our lives waiting until we’re perfect or bulletproof before we walk into the arena, we ultimately sacrifice relationships and opportunities that may not be recoverable, we squander our precious time, and we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make.


Stop Walking on Eggshells, by Paul Mason and Randi Kreger — Register

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 12:00 pm
Location: Cathedral of Learning, Room 156
Hosts: Christina Newhill and Angelina Riccelli

Are you the focus of intense, violent, and irrational rages, manipulation, or controlling behaviors? Do you feel you are ‘walking on eggshells’ to avoid the next confrontation? If the answer is ‘yes,’ someone you care about may have borderline personality disorder (BPD). Gain a better understanding of this destructive disorder, learn how to set boundaries, and help your loved ones to stop relying on dangerous BPD behaviors.


Why Won't You Apologize?, by Harriet Lerner, Ph.D. — Register

Date: Wednesday, August 1, 12:00 pm
Location: Cathedral of Learning, Room 156
Hosts: Tom Koloc and Linda Tashbook

Dr. Harriet Lerner has been studying apologies–and why some people won’t give them–for more than two decades. Now she offers compelling stories and solid theory that bring home how much the simple apology matters and what is required for healing when the hurt we’ve inflicted (or received) is far from simple. Learn how to craft a deeply meaningful ‘I’m sorry’ and avoid apologies that only deepen the original injury.

Past Offerings


Secrets to Winning at Office Politics, by Marie G. McIntyre, Ph.D.
Hosts: Sue Oerkvitz and Angie Riccelli

Office politics are a fact of life in every workplace. To accomplish your personal and business goals, you must learn to successfully play the political game in your organization. This smart, practical guide shows you how to stop wasting energy on things you can’t change and start taking steps to get what you want.

When Panic Attacks, by David D. Burns, MD
Hosts: Sue Oerkvitz and Linda Tashbook

Dr. Burns shows you how to overcome anxiety using more than forty simple, effective techniques, and also shares the latest research on drugs commonly prescribed for anxiety and depression and explains why they may sometimes do more harm than good.

Man Enough, by Frank Pittman MD
Hosts: Cliff Cohen and Linda Tashbook

A man raises himself as he raises children and learns to understand and forgive his parents as he becomes one. An important book for men and women, Man Enough offers a new approach to issues of commitment, caring, and control, and creates a positive model for the fathers of tomorrow’s men.

For One More Day
, by Mitch Albom
Hosts: Angie Riccelli and Amy DeGurian

For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?