Subtitle: A Guide for Facing Death and Loss
This is a loving clear-eyed unflinchingly personal look at terminal illness, death, and grief by Oregon’s former governor Barbara Roberts. Her husband Frank Roberts died of cancer during her governorship. From the introduction:
I hope for a culture of loving openness in every medical office, […]
Subtitle: The Mind-Body Connection
Recommended to me by: Amy Bennett
What Dr. Sarno tells his TMS patients:
Resume physical activity. It won’t hurt you. Talk to your brain: tell it you won’t take it anymore. Stop all physical treatments for your back—they may be blocking your recovery.
Repress your anger or emotions—they can […]
Subtitle: a memoir
Simi Linton is a Jewish woman, married, a professor and researcher with a Ph.D., who uses a wheelchair. Her memoir starts with the car crash that caused her disability and her slow physical recovery, and continues with her reemergence and engagement with a largely inaccessible world. She moves from gratitude for […]
Subtitle: Skills training for patients and therapists
Recommended to me by: A client
This is a useful book packed full of detailed, compassionate information on dissociation. Since it is a group training manual, it is divided into short chapters meant for individual class sessions.
The authors often note that each person’s experience of dissociation […]
Subtitle: Hidden Wounds and Human Resiliency
This book is a frustrating mix of interesting theories, solid information, and bigoted rants.
The author leads with some encouraging words about intersectionality and noticing how society’s defaults harm some people, but then devolves into “women returning to work after childbirth causes harm because babies need maternal care” […]
Subtitle: A memoir of trauma and transcendence
Matt was paralyzed from the chest down at the age of 13 in a winter car crash that also killed his father and older sister. His book chronicles the numbness and dissociation that help him survive his first months and years of recovery, and his later reconnection […]
The story and drawings quickly engaged me, despite the author’s sometimes bizarre, sometimes heavy journey through mania, depression, and eventually, balance. She has the fantastic support of her mom, friends, and psychiatrist, but still struggles for years before finding a set of meds that works for her.
In depression, she can barely get […]
Recommended to me by: s.e. smith at this ain’t livin’
This is a layered, well-crafted dystopian science-fiction novel offering both entertainment and examination of modern issues. It has scientific advances and their consequences, predictable heterosexual teen romances, well-developed female characters, adventures, violence, nuances of interaction, and a detailed sense of place.
Where many books […]
Subtitle: A Father’s Quest to Heal His Son
Recommended to me by: Kristin Neff mentions her husband’s book about their journey to Mongolia in her book Self-Compassion.
Rupert Isaacson writes about how his intuition and determination (and privilege) bring him to Mongolia where horseback riding and shamans help his autistic son Rowan.
Subtitle: A woman explores the transforming – and, paradoxically, healing – experience of being ill
Recommended to me by: a client
Alchemists strive to turn lead into gold by heating it alone in a sealed container, a crucible. In the crucible of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Kat Duff turned inward and found healing in the […]