Curative Reading Winter Series

Treat What Ails You with a Good Book and Community! 

Curative Reading is a guided reading community meeting for eight weeks reading a selected piece of fiction slowly over time.  It teaches the transformative power of the imagination to lift attitudes and respond to challenging changes with a renewed sense of possibility.  It also teaches the therapeutic benefits of reading fiction for the brain, body, and overall health. 

Some of the benefits of reading fiction include reduced levels of stress, improved memory, enhanced attention span, greater ability to focus, and better sleep. Joining a Curative Reading community enables participants to view their own lives (challenges and all) through a lens that sparks imagination and possibility. Participants will read approximately 40 pages per week, answer written questions in advance of each meeting, and share insights and inspiration in weekly gatherings.

This Curative Reading Winter Series will meet for eight weeks on Tuesdays at 12pm, reading the novel Gun Island by Amitav Gosh. This beautiful story taps into dimensions that are beyond the ordinary, teaching imaginative new ways to respond to unwanted changes in ourselves, others, and the world we live in. The book and materials are included in the price of the series.

With questions regarding the class, please email Kelly Brooks.


Kelly Brooks has been convening groups for over twenty-five years with a special interest in therapeutics, group dynamics, and community building.  She has a B.A. in psychology, and a background in hospitality and mind-body event planning. She has received formal training from Boston College, The University of Massachusetts, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and The Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Mass General Hospital.  In 2014, symptoms of debilitating anxiety and severe digestive upset lead her to The Dean Center for Tick Born Illness at Spaulding Hospital where she received rehabilitation support for Lyme Disease.  Being an ongoing member of Spaulding’s Community Book Group has become one of her best medicines.  As she continues to manage symptoms of chronic illness, bringing Curative Reading into communities to help individuals rise beyond life’s challenges and illness with imagination and possibility is both her contribution and her cure.   


Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
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An Unlikely Story