The Borders of Normal by Manuel Matas, M.D.

As an experienced psychiatrist, Dr. Manuel Matas is very familiar with the science of the human brain—as well as the possibilities that exist beyond the known borders of consciousness. He has never been a classic rationalist, as he himself has experienced phenomena that defy logic and the explanations of Western medicine. In The Borders of Normal, Dr. Matas reveals just how accepted (and studied) many of these phenomena are, providing a compelling overview of influential thinkers who have, over the years, recognized events and experiences that fall outside the realm of current scientific thought.

Transplanted by Allison Watson

In my work as a medical professional, I encounter many patients with transplants: kidney being the most common, followed by liver and lung. In Transplanted, author Allison Watson describes her life with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and her lung’s long, slow decline to the point where only a double-lung transplant can save her life. As of this book, she is four years post-transplant and is doing well.…

About Face: Essays on Recovery, Therapies, and Controversies of Addictions in Canada Edited by Douglas Gosse

*Note: While About Face was on the 2019 shortlist for Non-Fiction and didn’t win, it did result in Breakwater Books being awarded the “Atlantic Canada Virtuous Love Award” for Publishing. See:

Mental health is a huge topic these days. Overcoming and coping with various addictions, disorders, and their treatments have been the subjects of many books particularly since modern psychology began early in the last century. …