About Feel Better Books

There are so many books that help me feel better. A Suitable Boy. Not My Father's Son. A Gentleman in Moscow. The Elegance of the Hedgehog. How Green Was My Valley. You May Already Be a Winner. Hold Still. On and on the list goes, and it grows each time I luck upon discarded gems at my local library or when I work through a kindred author's list of favorites. Often I feel like the right book, the one I need at this very moment, finds me. And once immersed in those pages, I am at peace. I am made better, stronger, braver, enlightened. I am buoyed. I am in good company. I am not alone.

If my books can stay afloat and even swim in these rarified and cherished waters, as I hope they will, then they will earn their imprint's name - I know that in writing their words and in making their pictures, I feel better, more at home, more of this earth.

Thank you for visiting this tiny corner of our world's collective, rich, sprawling, magnificent book shelf. Below you will find a list of stores that carry my titles. And if you're ever in Porto, Portugal, please do give a shout. It would be my pleasure to meet you.


Alex Hart is a self-taught multicreative, learning (and un-learning) as she goes. If it's something that uses her hands - writing, cutting & pasting, puppeting, treasure-hunting ... arranging flowers, massaging, baking, hair-cutting, yo-yo'ing, high-fiving - she's there and up to her elbows in concentrated work. Or should we call it play? Motto: Where possible, unplug the “dumb” brain. Also: Trust, and go on hoping (Edward Lear). Some of her personal gurus: Beatrix Potter, Alexander Calder, Alice Neel, Maurice Sendak, Amy Sedaris, Joseph Cornell, Ray Johnson, Pee Wee Herman............!!!
Jon Lackman is a rock-climbing coach and writer. He’s covered politics, science, and the arts for Harper's, The New Yorker, Slate, and Wired. He completed a PhD in art history from NYU and a fellowship at the MacDowell Colony. He's represented by Mary Krienke of Sterling Lord Literistic; contact her to publish his and Zack Pinson’s nonfiction graphic novel Maria, about the mind-boggling artist’s model / con artist Maria Lani!

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