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Trauma and the 12 Steps: An Inclusive Guide to Enhancing Recovery

A must-read for addiction sponsors, mental health professionals, and anyone who has experienced or is struggling with trauma and addiction.

The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code

Recommended only for senior level students and researchers in anthropology and psychology curriculum.

Safeguarding Your Child with Autism: Strategies and Tools To Reduce Risks

A must-read for parents of autistic children, educators, and other caregivers in the special needs community.

The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine

Indispensable for psychology professionals and students and fans of Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness.

Into the Abyss: A Neuropsychiatrist’s Notes on Troubled Minds

Readers seeking a realistic approach to understanding the potential causes of mental illness will appreciate David’s thought-provoking reflections, as will mental health professionals and fans of Oliver Sacks’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

Self-Confidence: A Philosophy

A thoughtful read for anyone seeking the philosophical underpinnings of self-confidence, while wishing to avoid psychological exercises that feel either too simplistic or too overwhelming to implement.


What Science Tells Us About Autism Spectrum Disorder: Making the Right Choices for Your Child

This all-in-one title is sure to demystify an autism diagnosis and will be of significant interest to pediatricians, educators, and parents or caregivers. A welcome addition to all public library collections.

Building a Life Worth Living: A Memoir


Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn’t Designed for You

An extraordinary, jaw-dropping take on a topic with which many women will identify. Of special interest to those in the human resources, counseling, and education fields.

The Narcissist in Your Life: Recognizing the Patterns and Learning To Break Free

Living with a narcissist, writes Hall, violates our fundamental rights of dignity, integrity, and personal freedoms, made worse because the narcissist is usually someone close to the abused. All libraries, in particular university collections supporting mental health and psychiatry curriculum, will find this a worthy addition.

You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters

From communication researchers to general audiences, this informative and well-documented book will prod readers to reexamine the way they listen to others, individually and collectively, and to consider the many negative repercussions of not doing so.

Bedlam: An Intimate Journey into America’s Mental Health Crisis

Providing a comprehensive overview of critical issues continuing to plague our mental health system, this well-researched volume serves as a nice companion to Pete Earley’s Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.

Lost Child: The True Story of a Girl Who Couldn’t Ask for Help

Hayden’s works are perennial best sellers, and she always triumphs. Highly recommended.

The Turn On: How the Powerful Make Us Like Them—from Washington to Wall Street to Hollywood

References to present-day events improve readers’ understanding of the author’s thesis and the work’s timely relevance. Highly recommended.

Communication Alternatives in Autism: Perspectives on Typing and Spelling Approaches for the Nonspeaking

While limited in its scope--it only discusses these two similar forms of communication methodology--it is nonetheless incredibly valuable in that it gives those on the spectrum the opportunity to self-advocate for their own communication method. Highly recommended for parents, caregivers, educators, physicians, and specialists working with children of all ages.

The Boy Who Felt Too Much: How a Renowned Neuroscientist and His Son Changed Our Image of Autism Forever

Wagner does an exceptional job of mixing biography with complex yet accessible neuroscience. Essential for parents, educators, physicians, and specialists working with children of all ages.

The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness

Indispensable reading for aficionados of Cahalan’s Brain on Fire and Merve Imre’s The Personality Brokers.

Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption

Certainly worthwhile for holdings without the earlier edition, but readers already familiar with that text might wish to compare the contents here to decide if this would be a suitable addition (or replacement).

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know

This work should stimulate further research that could serve as control for these variables and more directly link how the factor of strangeness might influence certain reactions, providing a valuable contribution to psychology and psychiatry collections in larger university libraries.


Neurodiverse Relationships: Autistic and Neurotypical Partners Share Their Experiences

Despite the academic-sounding title, this work is easy to read and understand. Essential for anyone who anticipates a career in social work or psychology, and highly recommended for those who love or work with those with AS.

The Edge of Every Day: Sketches of Schizophrenia

Some readers may need to adjust to the author’s nonchronological approach that nevertheless succeeds brilliantly in conveying the realities of mental illness in a memorable manner. Should be required reading for mental health professionals; essential for all libraries supporting the mental health curriculum.


Millenneagram: The Enneagram Guide for Discovering Your Truest, Baddest Self

The beauty of this system is discovering and celebrating one's true self, and while Paasch's material may be valuable, her irreverent tone might be a turnoff for some readers, while attractive to others.

Connecting Generations: Bridging the Boomer, Gen X, and Millennial Divide

Herring's words add a lot to our understanding of generational perspectives. Appendixes featuring a family technology action plan, a health-care transition guide, and a bibliography of experts and organizational resources serve as catalysts for further intergenerational discussion.

Contemplative Caregiving: Finding Healing, Compassion, and Spiritual Growth Through End-of-Life Care

Baugher removes the drudgery from caregiving to offer readers greater goals on which to focus. Recommended for all caregivers and anyone about to enter that space.

I Just Haven't Met You Yet: Finding Empowerment in Dating, Love, and Life

A compelling read that will undoubtedly be of comfort and assistance to anyone in the dating world. Recommended for all those interested in finding a new relationship.

Crafting Meaningful Wedding Rituals: A Practical Guide

This no-frills guide to customizing wedding rituals is perfect for those who are willing to put the time and energy into the process.

We Regret To Inform You: A Survival Guide for Gold Star Parents and Those Who Support Them

A heart-wrenching yet practical, positive look at a somewhat hidden issue.

The Power of Human: How Our Shared Humanity Can Help Us Create a Better World

Knowledgeable insights and solutions for increasing sensitivity and overall humane functioning in an often cold world.

The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways To Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday

A delightful read recommended for both individual and public libraries.

Emotional Advantage: Embracing All Your Feelings To Create a Life You Love

Reminiscent of the animated film Inside Out, the information here will undoubtedly move readers toward a more abundant, satisfying life.

I Love You, But I Hate Your Politics: How To Protect Your Intimate Relationships in a Poisonous Partisan World

An excellent choice for those coming to terms with a family member's alternate view. Another solid resource is Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers's I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening). Both are highly recommended.

The Atlas of Happiness: The Global Secrets of How To Be Happy

Highly recommended.

Beyond Beautiful: A Practical Guide To Being Happy, Confident, and You in a Looks-Obsessed World

This compact book delves into every aspect of the body-image problem and sets forth feasible ideas for accepting one's physical appearance to enhance confidence and joy.

I'm Saying No! Standing Up Against Sexual Harassment and Sexual Pressure

This comprehensive book supplies women and interested general readers with everything they need to know, from healing after childhood abuse to ending sexual harassment. Essential for all women.

Cozy Living, Decluttering, Financial Freedom, Radical Kindness, Preparing for the Unexpected | Self-Help, March 2019


Cozy: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World

A pleasant read that reassures us it's okay to lounge around in old sweats and socks.

Radical Kindness: The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving

A powerful salve in the midst of rudeness and disrespect seen in society today.

Childless Living: The Joys and Challenges of Life Without Children

Steeped in thoughtful research, this intimate portrait of childless living would serve as a valuable sociological tool for understanding family structures as well as a guide for readers considering the childfree option.

Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early): How Far Would You Go for Financial Freedom?

While Rieckens began his austere existence after a lifestyle of affluence, readers will benefit from the wisdom of saving today in the hope of a brighter tomorrow.

The Little Book of Being: Practices and Guidance for Uncovering Your Natural Awareness

An efficient, handy guide to mindfulness techniques for those already embracing the concept but who aren't sure they're doing it right.

The Moth Presents Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible

Highly recommended for individuals and all libraries.

What Matters Most: The Get Your Sh*T Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance, and Life's "What Ifs."

Reynolds provides not only sound counseling but a straightforward plan for when the unthinkable occurs. Sally Balch Hurme's Checklist for My Family is another excellent resource for end-of-life matters.

Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer Is No

Supported by extensive factual material and fascinating personal anecdotes, this engaging work provides thorough insight into the varied and fruitful lives of non-moms.

Worried? Science Investigates Some of Life's Common Concerns

Validated information that will assist readers in determining what is and isn't worth fretting about and how to mitigate the dangers.

Help Yourself Now: A Practical Guide to Finding the Information and Assistance You Need

An excellent reference for all libraries and counseling centers.

Someday Is Not a Day in the Week: 10 Hacks To Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life

Out of literally dozens of tips and ideas, readers should be able to find at least one to employ to make their lives better. Recommended for all public libraries.

Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter & Organize To Make More Room for Happiness

Rubin's many fans will flock to this title, as will anyone seeking a quick and easy fix to the persistent problem of clutter.

The Daily Flame: 365 Love Letters from Your Inner Pilot Light

Rankin's unique offering will be appreciated by anyone open to enhancing their spirituality.

Love for Imperfect Things: How To Accept Yourself in a World Striving for Perfection

Quick, easy lessons for developing and increasing our practice of empathy toward ourselves and others.

Career Defense 101: How To Stop Sexual Harassment Without Quitting Your Job

Important holistic legal advice that advocates for women facing sexual harassment.

Stop Staring at Screens! A Digital Detox for the Whole Family

This beautifully laid-out book provides everything one needs to regulate screen time and increase in-person interactions.

Better Balance for Life: Banish the Fear of Falling with Simple Activities Added to Your Everyday Routine

These excellent illustrated instructions that can easily be performed will help seniors increase their strength and avoid injury.

Where Did You Go? A Life-Changing Journey To Connect with Those We've Lost

A fascinating read for those open to paranormal experiences.

13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don't Do: Own Your Power, Channel Your Confidence, and Find Your Authentic Voice for a Life of Meaning and Joy

Exemplary guidance for women of all ages.

Success Habits: Proven Principles for Greater Wealth, Health, and Happiness

Hill's writing continues to prove timeless, and his advice remains on target for readers today.

Coping with Critical, Demanding, and Dysfunctional Parents: Powerful Strategies To Help Adult Children Maintain Boundaries and Stay Sane

Highly recommended for anyone who has suffered the effects of a dysfunctional family.

Getting Real About Getting Older: Conversations About Aging Better

A realistic yet optimistic guide to the "golden" years.

Mastering Adulthood: Go Beyond Adulting To Become an Emotional Grown-Up

Great for mindfulness devotees but otherwise an optional purchase.

I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations

A must-read and relevant text for anyone talking about today's politics.

Reimagining Death: Stories and Practical Wisdom for Home Funerals and Green Burials

Recommended for all readers but especially those whose loved ones are facing death in the near future.

The 6 Keys: Unlock Your Genetic Potential for Ageless Strength, Health, and Beauty

Michaels puts together a comprehensive strategy for feeling better today and aging well in the future.

The Laws of Human Nature

While hefty in size, this readable and relevant tome should have wide appeal.

H.O.P.E. for the Alzheimer's Journey: Help, Organization, Preparation, & Education for the Road Ahead

A useful, step-by-step guide for anyone new to caring for those with Alzheimer's.

How To Be Happy: Overcoming Mind Problems

A fascinating look at a host of maladies with the potential to prevent true happiness.

Creating Sanctuary: Sacred Garden Spaces, Plant-Based Medicine, and Daily Practices To Achieve Happiness and Well-Being

An enticing invitation for communing with nature.

On the Other Side of Chaos: Understanding the Addiction of a Loved One

While rather densely written, this overall valuable guide will be welcomed by family members of loved ones struggling with dependance habits.

If You Ask Me: Essential Advice from Eleanor Roosevelt

Particularly appealing to Roosevelt fans but strongly recommended for all engaged citizens.

Everything Is Negotiable: The 5 Tactics To Get What You Want in Life, Love & Work

Great advice for self-reflection and having our personal and professional needs met.

Winter's Graces: The Surprising Gifts of Later Life

A joyous, optimistic addition to works about aging.

Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People—and Break Free

A fascinating and necessary study of rampant gaslighting and how to steer clear of being a victim.

Zen Teen: 40 Ways To Stay Calm When Life Gets Stressful

While this book will benefit individual readers, it's also well suited to youth groups or friends getting together to chill.

Know Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You're Worth; Expanded Edition

Excellent advice for women just starting their careers as well as seasoned veterans.

Surviving Mass Victim Attacks: What To Do When the Unthinkable Happens

This essential instructional manual should be on every library shelf. Highly recommended.

Are u ok? A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health; How To Know If You Need Help and Where To Find It

An exemplary guide for anyone wondering if they or someone close to them may benefit from mental health therapy.

Letting Go, the Power of Yes, Remedies for Recovery and Simple Living | Self-Help Reviews, July 2018


Journal Me Organized: The Complete Guide to Practical and Creative Planning

A unique approach to both journaling and daily planning. Highly recommended.

Assess, Rebuild, Connect: Creating a New Life Beyond Addiction

Recommended for anyone in recovery, with Gift being more suitable for those open to meditation and affirmations.

The Power of Yes: Positive and Practical Advice To Help You Live Life to the Full

The text, layout, and realistic suggestions all make for an enlivening read. Recommended.

Didn't See It Coming: Overcoming the 7 Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences

Recommended, particularly for readers of faith-based works.

Mastering Memory: Techniques To Turn Your Brain from a Sieve to a Sponge

Useful tips for both young and old in building the ability to recall people, places, and things.

Close Your Eyes, Get Free: Use Self-Hypnosis To Reduce Stress, Quit Bad Habits, and Achieve Greater Relaxation and Focus

A simple, realistic way to rid oneself of self-destructive patterns and proactively pursue change.

The Age of Overwhelm: Strategies for the Long Haul

An engaging read that will appeal to anyone who is feeling overwhelmed and looking for support.

Empowered Boundaries: Speaking Truth, Setting Boundaries, and Inspiring Social Change

Highly recommended.

Raising Grandkids: Inside Skip-Generation Families

Recommended for social workers as well as grandparents raising their children's children.

Let Go of Emotional Overeating and Love Your Food: A Five-Point Plan for Success

Compassionate wisdom for all who suffer from emotional overeating.

Hack Your Anxiety: How To Make Your Anxiety Work for You in Life, Love, and Work

While lengthy, this worthy resource offers workable solutions for a common struggle.

Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World

A highly readable and attractive resource for anyone looking to slow down and decompress.

Notes for the Everlost: A Field Guide to Grief

Highly recommended for anyone in the throes of grief, recent or past.

The Year of the Introvert: A Journal of Daily Inspiration for the Inwardly Inclined

Chung has written a strongly affirming book for all introverts who seek to be engaged and connected in an extrovert world.

The Five Gifts: Discovering Hope, Healing, and Strength When Disaster Strikes

Nadel writes as a survivor, and that gives this book the heft it needs to be a best seller. Highly recommended.

The Courage To Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How To Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness

For those seeking a discourse that helps explain who they are in the world, Kishimi and Koga provide an illuminating conversation. For others who have an inkling of what God wants them to become, Owens fills the bill.

Be Happy! 35 Powerful Methods for Personal Growth and Well-Being

Ray's advice proves how with a bit of introspection we can change our perception and find fulfillment in the present.

The Gifts of Acceptance: Embracing People and Things as They Are

A solid reminder to enjoy the life we've been given. Highly recommended.

The Healthy Mind Toolkit: Simple Strategies To Get Out of Your Own Way and Enjoy Your Life

Practical charts and step-by-step suggestions for behavioral changes make this a helpful resource for spotting errors in thinking and implementing strategies for changing course.

Dead Serious: Breaking the Cycle of Teen Suicide

Leder has been there and is trained to prevent others from having to suffer suicide's consequences. An excellent book for our time.

The Sex Issue: Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About Sexuality, Seduction, and Desire

Excellent in terms of presentation, answering real-life questions, and offering straightforward, fact-based information on sexual health.

Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness

Simply perusing the many photographs of trees that accompany the calming text is sure to soothe the most resistant of hearts.

Breaking Up with Busy: Real-Life Solutions for Overscheduled Women

Not especially new but still valuable instruction for women who want to slow down but aren't sure where to begin.

50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life

An inspiring read for those who are in or have passed through middle age.

Landwhale: On Turning Insults into Nicknames, Why Body Image Is Hard, and How Diets Can Kiss My Ass

A great read for women who are slaving away at diet regimens and trying to meet an ideal feminine form.

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