Would seniors read more literary fiction if more titles were available in large print? Mysteries, thrillers and romances abound in the large print, as do obvious titles such as “Overcoming Macular Degeneration: A Guide to Seeing Beyond the Clouds.” But surprisingly the Young Adult oriented Hunger Games books are ranked #1 and #2 on the Large Print Press Best Sellers List. Lots of seniors making sure they still have something to chat about with their grandkids?
The workbook edition of Melody Beattie’s “Codependent No More” – the mega-popular self-help book of the 1980s is #4. Part of a series, it encourages readers to set and enforce healthy limits, whether facing depression, addiction, eating disorders or other self-destructive behaviors. “Codependent” is published by rehab treatment center Hazelden, which just released its own trilogy, the iPhone app “Field Guide to Life” which comes in three volumes: “The Basics,” “Owning It” and “The New You!” It’s designed to encourage people in recovery to track personal progress, find meetings, and help prevent relapse. Like large print offerings these are easy to read–but harder to do.