A Current List of 10 Favorite Books


Who’s ready to curl up with a good book and call off work for a mental health day? Well, that last part may not be possible but, if you’re fantasizing about sprawling out on the couch with a few good reads this weekend, here are my top ten suggestions.

 

The Tools
by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels

I love self-development books where the authors have actually come up with ideas that are innovative and not just the same regurgitated stuff you read everywhere. Phil and Barry present the reader with hands-on tools that will – legit – change the way you operate in the world. In a good way. In a way that has you forget that a possible Illuminati exists and remember that you are a fricken good and powerful person capable of making the (your) world a better place. Pay special attention to: Reversal of Desire, Active Love, and the Fruits of a New Vision chapter.

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All the Strange Hours
by Loren Eiseley

Okay, remember when I told you that I found my soulmate, only to find out that he died before we could ever meet? I was referring to Loren Eiseley. I wept when I read this book because of the beauty of his writing. Loren was a deep thinker – a brilliant mid-century anthropologist, educator, philosopher, and essayist – who would rather go watch baby foxes play in the woods or offer a stray kitten a pan of warm milk than collect the copious prestigious awards at University dinners he was constantly being honored at. He loved animals and nature and he loved to write and research. If you like Thoreau and Emerson, you will love my Loren. This book is his autobiography.

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Philistines at the Hedgerow
by Steven Gaines

Forget what you know about the Hamptons and discover the people of the sylvan wood and backroad colonials. Steven spans three centuries of east-end history and the thing that will shock you is the uniqueness of the people who would choose to live there. Residing on a tiny cuticle of land that juts precipitously into the ocean, exposed to harsh weather conditions aplenty – the Hamps are nice to visit, but it’s a whole other story to make your life there as a resident. A unique and interesting read.

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Self-Coaching 101
by Brooke Castillo

This is one of my favorite coaching books of all time. You know when you’re triggered because someone has just said/done something idiotic that releases all the flying monkeys of personal hysteria? Brooke helps you get them under control…or at least all flying in the same direction. If you like Byron Katie’s work – you’ll dig this book. Brooke also has a podcast!

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The Law and the Promise
by Neville Goddard

I’m having a fanciful renaissance with the old-timey New Thought books. Neville Goddard was one of the grandfathers of the philosophy that we now regard as law of attraction. What I really like about him is that he was self-studied, entrepreneurial, and dared to live by the light of his ideas. One of my favorite quotes, “Imagining novel solutions to ever more complex problems is far more noble than to run from those problems.” And then he proceeds to tell you exactly how to do that. Lots of LOA stories in this book that will charm you.

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Lost on Treasure Island
by Steve Friedman

I love Steve’s Friedman’s way with words. He is the first person who I read feeling we could be writing partners – our style is that much the same. This book is a semi-fictional memoir of a midwesterner who moves to NYC. Like me, he moved with a certain touching faith in the power of a pressed shirt, clean hair, and firm handshake, only to find out that will get you about as far as the AirTrain at JFK. It picks up just days after Steve’s move, starting with his first job at GQ, detailing his doomed efforts to impress his boss, followed by mishaps in the love department. The characters you will meet in this book are People You Know In Real Life and you will die laughing.

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The Secret Language of Eating Disorders
by Peggy Claude-Pierre

I credit Peggy Claude-Pierre with inspiring me as a young girl to grow up and choose a career where I could help people heal. I saw a documentary on her in the 90’s which changed my life. She was helping women who were near-death from eating disorders survive their disease and she did it by speaking lovingly to them 24/7, nursing them back to health in her arms, and fostering them in her home in Canada. She had a 100% success rate. This book is not just about eating disorders – it’s about how to break out of a mind that constantly attacks or belittles you. This book addresses CNC (Confirmed Negativity Condition) and how to treat it with unconditional love.

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Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own
by Kate Bolick

A memoir and an essay combined, Kate takes us on her exploration of what it means to be a single woman today. She is someone with whom you could see yourself having a slightly-boozy-brunch and then heading to the bookstore for the afternoon, whispering and nudging each other toward the handsome stranger you’ve dubbed “Professor” who is hanging out in the World History section. This book is well written, which is to say you will stay glued throughout the pages of Kate’s adventures and come out the other end able to turn phrases much better yourself.

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Field Notes on the Compassionate Life
by Marc Ian Barasch

In the spirit of The Road Less Traveled, Field Notes is a book that will stay with you. This book is about the search for the soul of kindness in all of us. Non-preachy – I loved the empathy chapter and the heart science chapters. This book has been a guide I turn to over and over in my work and in my personal life. I think you will love it, especially if you work in any of the helping fields.

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The Spender’s Guide to Debt-Free Living
by Anna Newell Jones

First of all, this is a physically beautiful book – so get the paperback, not the kindle. It’s a nice large format and well designed inside, making reading it a pleasure. Anna paid off her $24,000 debt in 15 months by going on a spending fast and she details how she did it in this book. I love my money books! Living in New York City, where going out for drinks and dinner is an expected almost-nightly thing, I needed advice how to navigate those awkward social situations where one has to tell one’s friends I Live On A Budget and I’m Purposely Not Throwing Back 5 Shots of Macallan 12 With You Because the Stress Of The Bill Is Going To Be More Stress Than The Work Week I’m Currently Trying To Drink Away With This Single Glass Of Pinot Noir. So Please Don’t Suggest We Split The Bill. Okurrrr?

Want to see my entire book list? Go here.

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