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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
In A Nutshell by author Josh Head is a non-fiction piece that delves into the mind -- his mind -- of mental illness. Inside these pages are examples of what he goes through on a day to day basis of dealing with the voices that come to him at all hours of the day, as well as what some of those voices have to say. They can range from conversational to antagonistic. Toward the back of the book are selections of rhyming poetry that are in the structural form of a short story, or a piece of flash fiction.
I really took away a lot from Josh Head's book, In a Nutshell. As a human being, you can't help wondering what it's like to be in someone else's head. How different it might be from your own kind of normal. As someone who has heard voices in my head a handful of times, it can be downright scary in the moment. Especially when you've never experienced anything like it before. However, my particular voices were of a spiritual nature, seeking help, or simply to make their presence known. I have never experienced someone else hearing voices, other than in the media which, as the author states, is where we usually tend to make our minds up about something though.
In A Nutshell by author Josh Head is a captivating and yet haunting look inside someone who has been dealing with the constant chatter of voices in their head for their entire life. If you are looking for a way to wake yourself up to the daily experiences of those who deal with mental illness and want a good read, this is the book for you.