Faculty Favorite: Mr. Maigler

This week’s Faculty Favorite shout-out goes to Mr. Maigler, who’s got THREE favorite books, which include Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Love’s Executioner by Irvin D. Yalom, and A Shining Affliction by Annie G. Rogers.

What is it about Catch-22 Mr. Maigler likes? “It is laugh out loud funny, so silly, and underneath it is serious and sad,” he said.

Of Love’s Executioner, Mr. Maigler says, “Irvin Yalom is widely acknowledged as the world’s greatest therapists. In this book he takes you through 10 case studies, but instead of it focusing on his patient’s, the book focuses on him as a therapist and his reaction to his clients. Anyone who has been in therapy, or particularly anyone who might want to become a therapist, should read this book. It is fascinating.”

A Shining Affliction is about “The story of a therapist and how a weakness can become a strength in helping others. I love giving this book to people who have been through a lot to show them that even if they are still healing they can be a huge help to someone else.”

Want to check out any of these books? We’ve got both Catch-22 and Love’s Executioner on our shelves in the library. Stop by and we’ll be happy to help you find them!

And thanks, Mr. Maigler, for sharing your faves!

Read the synopses below:

screenshot-2016-10-05-at-1-00-46-pmCATCH-22 by Joseph Heller

At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war.

His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempts to excuse himself from the perilous missions that he’s committed to flying, he’s trapped by the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade, the bureaucratic rule from which the book takes its title: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes the necessary formal request to be relieved of such missions, the very act of making the request proves that he’s sane and therefore, ineligible to be relieved.


screenshot-2016-12-12-at-11-01-32-amLOVE’S EXECUTIONER by Irvin D. Yalom

The collection of ten absorbing tales by master psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. In recounting his patients’ dilemmas, Yalom not only gives us a rare and enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but also tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his all-too human responses with his sensibility as a psychiatrist. Not since Freud has an author done so much to clarify what goes on between a psychotherapist and a patient.





A Shining Affliction by Annie G. Rogers

A moving account of a true-life double healing through psychotherapy.

In this brave, iconoclastic, and utterly unique book, psychotherapist Annie Rogers chronicles her remarkable bond with Ben, a severely disturbed 5-year-old. Orphaned, fostered, neglected, and “forgotten” in a household fire, Ben finally begins to respond to Annie in their intricate and revealing place therapy.

But as Ben begins to explore the trauma of his past, Annie finds herself being drawn downward into her own mental anguish. Catastrophically failed by her own therapist, she is hospitalised with a breakdown that renders her unable to even speak.

Then she and her gifted new analyst must uncover where her story of childhood terror overlaps with Ben’s, and learn how she can complete her work with the child by creating a new story from the old – one that ultimately heals them both.

Synopses from Goodreads. com