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Reading List

Relationships and Parenting
  • Steven Carter, Men Like Women Who Like Themselves (158.2)
    Easy to read relationship and dating tips
    Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages (646.78)
    Improving communication in marriage and other relationships, written from a Christian perspective
    Thomas Crum, The Magic of Conflict
    Published in 1987, an interesting look at applying Aikido concepts to everyday life
    John Gottman, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work (306.81)
    Good points, specific exercises
    John Gottman, The Heart of Parenting
    Relationship skills, by developmental stages
    Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (155.9)
    Excellent resource for the novice or experienced meditator
    Joe Kelly, Dads and Daughters (306.8742)
    Helpful information about cultural influences on body image as well as great tips for dads, moms and grandparents
    Jerold Kreisman, I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me (616.8585)
    A guide to dealing with borderline personality disorder
    George Lakoff, Moral Politics (172)
    Conservative vs. Liberal views of family and policy issues
    Harriet Goldhor Lerner, The Dance of Anger (152.4)
    Valuable ideas on dealing with life’s difficulties
    Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul (158.1)
    "A guide for cultivating depth and sacredness in everyday life"
    E. Fuller Torrey, MD, Surviving Schizophrenia (616.8982)
    Thorough explanation of schizophrenia in comparison to other mental illnesses
    Daniel Siegel, MD, Parenting From The Inside Out
    Mindful relationship skills, applicable to non-parenting situations as well
Eating Disorders
Health at Every Size ®
  • Karen Andes, A Woman’s Book of Power
    An approach to fitness and exercise that emphasizes honoring the body and soul
    Linda Bacon et al, Size Acceptance and Intuitive Eating Improve Health for Obese, Female Chronic Dieters, Journal American Dietetic Association, 2005; 105, pp.929-936.
    Linda Bacon, Health At Every Size; The Surprising Truth About Your Weight (613.25)
    Extensively researched, easy to read, practical and essential
    Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor, Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift
    Nutrition Journal 2011, 10:9
    Frances Berg, Women Afraid to Eat (616.398)
    Frances Berg, Children and Teens Afraid To Eat (618.92)
    Throughly researched and documented information about how adequate nutrition is compromised by dieting and preoccupation with slenderness on and individual and cultural level.
    Susan Bordo, Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body
    The links between Western culture’s mind/body dichotomy and the cult of thinness
    Joan Jacobs Brumberg, The Body Project (305.235)
    Historical account of our attitudes about girls’ and women’s bodies
    Paul Campos, The Obesity Myth (616.398)
    Compelling argument that “America’s obsession with weight is hazardous to your health”
    Kim Chernin, The Obsession: Reflections on the Tyranny of Slenderness
    Kim Chernin, The Hungry Self: Women, Eating and Identity
    Classics regarding women, relationships and food
    Kaz Cooke, Real Gorgeous (613.04244)
    Funny, delightful to read, packed with information about personal and cultural issues involving food, weight and body image, plus suggestions for change
    Amy Erdman Farrell, Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in America
    Historical analysis of multiple cultural issues regarding body size
    Laura Fraser, Losing It
    Well researched and written history and current impact of the dieting industry
    Rita Freedman, Beauty Bound (305.42)
    Fascinating review of the role that beauty plays in our culture and in our lives
    Rita Freedman, Body Love (155.633)
    Practical, workable suggestions on “Learning To Like Our Looks and Ourselves”
    Glenn A. Gaesser, Big Fat Lies (613.7)
    Up to date information about weight, health, fitness, and the dangers of dieting
    Barry Glassner, The Gospel of Food
    “Why We Should Stop Worrying and Enjoy What We Eat"
    Linda R. Harper, The Tao of Eating
    Specific ideas and suggestions for eating in a way that nourishes the soul instead of dieting
    Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter, Overcoming Overeating
    Well written “how to” approach to dealing with binge eating and related problems.
    Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter, When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies
    Excellent examination of the cultural, social and political pressures on women today
    Jane Hirschmann and Lela Zaphiropoulos, Are You Hungry?
    Guide for parents to help children learn healthy eating habits
    Joanne Ikeda et al., A Commentary on the New Obesity Guidelines from NIH, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Vol. 99, No. 8, August 99, pp.918-919.
    Joanne Ikeda, Dieting Among Children and Adolescents, Healthy Weight Journal, July/August 2001
    Jean Kilbourne, Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel (658.834)
    Extensively researched and thought provoking commentary on the way our lives are affected by advertising and marketing. Previously published as “Deadly Persuasion”
    Caroline Knapp, Appetites: Why Women Want (362.1)
    Thoughtful exploration of wanting, neediness and satiety dealing with food, relationships, material possessions and success
    Gina Kolata, Rethinking Thin (613.25)
    “The New Science of Weight Loss - and the Myths and Realities of Dieting.” More evidence that dieting doesn’t work
    George Lakoff, Moral Politics (172)
    Conservative vs. Liberal views of family and policy issues
    Harvey Levenstein, Revolution at the Table
    Fascinating history of cultural eating patterns in the United States in the last two centuries
    Pat Lyons and Debby Burgard, Great Shape
    Fitness guide for large women - how to be fit at any size
    Harriet Goldhor Lerner, The Dance of Anger (152.4)
    Valuable ideas on dealing with life’s difficulties
    Judith Matz and Ellen Frankel, Beyond A Shadow Of A Diet
    “The therapist’s guide to treating compulsive eating”
    Judith Matz and Ellen Frankel, The Diet Survivor’s Handbook
    “60 Lessons in eating, acceptance and self care”
    Traci Mann et al, “Medicare’s Search for Effective Obesity Treatments,” American Psychologist, April 2007, pp. 220-233.
    Marion Nestle, Food Politics (363.85)
    How government agencies, politicians, and manufacturers influence our decisions about what we eat. Well researched and interesting to read
    Carol Emery Normandi and Laurelee Roark, It’s Not About Food (616.85)
    A guide for giving up obsession with food and dieting behaviors with specific suggestions and exercises.
    Geneen Roth, When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair
    Humorous yet meaningful, “50 ways to feel thin, gorgeous and happy (when you feel anything but)”
    Jon Robison and Karen Carrier, The Spirit and Science of Holistic Health
    An interesting new approach to illness, healing, and wellness using the Health at Every Size® paradigm
    Jon Robison, Kelly Putnam, and Laura McKibbin “Health At Every Size, Parts one and Two”, American Association for Occupational Health Nursing, April and May, 2007, pp. 143-150, 185-192.
    Adam Tsai MD and Thomas Wadden MD, “Systematic Review: An Evaluation of Major Commercial Weight Loss Programs in the United States,” Annals of Internal Medicine, January 2005, pp56-66.
    Sondra Solovay, J.D. Tipping the Scales of Justice
    Discrimination, prejudice and legal issues
    Marilyn Wann, Fat!So? Because you Don’t Have to Apologize for Your Size
    Delightful commentary and encouragement about living large in a fat-phobic society (306.4)
    Wayne Wooley and Susan Wooley, “The Beverly Hills eating disorder: The mass marketing of anorexia nervosa,” International Journal of Eating Disorders, 1, pp.57-69, 1982