Book Reviews

Books on: ADHDAnxietyBipolarDepressionMemoirsOCDPTSD

  • The Compass of Now
    Many books on the healing power of meditation belabor the importance of breathing and focused practice. In her new book, DDnard — the popular name of a spiritual guru in Thailand — concentrates instead on Buddhist ...
  • Integrative Team Treatment for Attachment Trauma in Children: Family Therapy & EMDR
    Meltdowns are common in young children of a certain age. But did you know that meltdowns and emotional outbursts are even more common among children who struggle with attachment issues and traumatic pasts? Many parents ...
  • Book Review: The Matchmaker
    The Matchmaker, Elin Hilderbrand’s new summer novel, brings readers back to the place where the sand is hot but the ground is healing — Nantucket. This beautifully written and thought-provoking story illustrates the ...
  • The Fog of Paranoia: A Sister’s Journey through Her Brother’s Schizophrenia
    When a loved one develops a mental illness, we sift through the sands of memory looking for clues. Running our hand through the fine grains, we examine past events, vague memories, comments made in passing. ...
  • Emotional Wellness: The Other Half of Treating Cancer
    Your friend was diagnosed with cancer this morning. She is scared and you are scared. Distraught, you make a beeline to a bookstore, seeking guidance. As you browse through various books, you come across one ...
  • Lemons into Limoncello: From Loss to Personal Renaissance with the Zest of Italy
    What should we do when life hands us lemons? According to cognitive psychologist Raeleen Mautner, the answer isn’t to make lemonade, but limoncello, an Italian lemon liqueur that, with its added kick, reminds us to ...
  • Retelling the Stories of Our Lives: Everyday Narrative Therapy to Draw Inspiration
    This book began as a project between author David Denborough and the creator of narrative therapy, the late Michael White. Denborough worked alongside White for 15 years, then carried the book to fruition following White’s ...
  • The Trauma of Everyday Life
    How many times have you heard someone say, That was the straw that broke the camel’s back? We can try to rally to face big obstacles, but sometimes the day-to-day “little things” add up until, ...
  • The Spirit of the Heart: Stories of Family, Hope, Loss & Healing
    You never forget your first patient who dies. When I entered medical school, I knew death would be part of my education, that not every patient could be saved. I was in my third year of ...
  • How I Learned To Smile From the Inside
    “Hope is the only emotion that will keep us going even when all other lights have gone out, even when there is no end in sight, and the world is ending. Hope is what keeps ...
  • Book Review: Leave of Absence
    “It’s okay to feel frustrated for having to deal with this illness, but don’t hate yourself because of it. This illness is only a tiny part of you.” Self-hatred is the central battle for characters Oliver ...
  • Book Review: Gone: A Novel
    Cathi Hanauer’s Gone explores life’s pitfalls, changes and second chances, leaving the reader beautifully satisfied and content with the pages before them. The narrative alternates between the protagonists' contrasting viewpoints. Eve Adams must cope with the ...
  • How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy & Sorrow
    “I see you.” These three little words have remarkable power to change how you think, feel, and live. Author Toni Bernhard visited Paris back in 2001 one and came down with a viral illness that has ...
  • Summer Island
    "It was the impurity in her heart that made her successful. She was an ordinary woman who’d made extraordinary mistakes. She understood every nuance of need and loss." ~ Summer Island Given my love for women’s ...
  • The Song Remains the Same
    “I really enjoyed playing with the idea of ‘who are we without our memories’? Do you make the same choices? Do the same things make you happy?” - Allison Winn Scotch Imagine waking up one ...
  • Book Review: I Apologize
    Bradley Booth was tormented by survivor's guilt for five years after the leukemia death of his fiancee. When he fell in love again, the emotional upheaval of these life-changing events compelled him to write I ...
  • The Divorce Party
    I enjoy reading anything by Laura Dave; I find that her characters embody a perfect blend of endearment and fault that really make them human. Dave does not disappoint with The Divorce Party, an entertaining ...
  • Breath in the Dark: A Childhood Lost
    When I was 6 years old, my favorite pastime was playing with dolls or playing dress-up. I can remember spending hours in my “princess” dress, dancing around the living room while my mother stood by ...
  • Companion to an Untold Story
    Marcia Aldrich’s Companion to an Untold Story is the author’s attempt to make sense of her close friend’s suicide. In the time leading up to the unfortunate event, Aldrich’s friend Joel hatched a plan to ...
  • Through the Unknowable: Family Life with Depression, Alcohol, and Love
    Self-help books about how to cope with loss or trauma typically tend to fall into one of two simple categories: those which are written by professionals, and those which aren’t. The former tend to be ...
  • Red Flags of Love Fraud: 10 Signs You’re Dating a Sociopath
    Donna Andersen started LoveFraud.com after her former husband drained her of $227,000, cheated on her, fathered a child outside their marriage, and remarried 10 days after their divorce was finalized. The website, which was created ...
  • Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief and Small Boats
    Roger Rosenblatt’s Kayak Morning: reflections on love, grief, and small boats mirrors the structure of grief itself: nonlinear; highlighting times of confusion, searching, yearning, aching, and love; full of small revelations that prove useful; and ...
  • The Escape of Sigmund Freud
    Eighty years old, sick with cancer, and reeling from the Nazis' takeover of his beloved Vienna, Sigmund Freud, in 1936, faced a harsh reality: he had to leave. But where would he go, and how ...
  • Saying Goodbye: How Families Can Find Renewal Through Loss
    In 1969, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross published On Death and Dying and provided her five-stage model for dealing with death and grief. Kubler-Ross carried out groundbreaking research by breaking the taboo and actually speaking with dying volunteers. ...
  • When My Mommy Cries
    Crystal Godfrey LaPoint’s tender story in When My Mommy Cries is one that has needed to be told for some time now. Like any good children’s author, LaPoint is able to succinctly express her theme, ...