18 Dec 2010, 8:39pm

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This is a partial list of books and films that have been important in my life in terms of understanding and recovering from trauma. The list will grow as my time permits or as new books and films come to my attention.

Books:

Memoirs –

All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff

Wild – From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest  Trail by Cheryl Strayed

 

Contemporary Fiction:

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

The Murderer’s Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers

The Inheritance by Natalie Danforth

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Beautiful Disaster by Laura Spinella (a compelling treatment of the fierce love required to partner someone with severe PTSD).

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

Non-fiction, all genders –

Children of the Self-Absorbed by Nina W. Brown

Inner Bonding by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Why Does He Do That? by Lundy Bancroft

(inside the  minds of angry and controlling men)

Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine an outstanding treatment model  for trauma recovery

After the Tears by Jane Middleton-Moz (re-parenting yourself)

Leaving the Enchanted Forest by Stephanie Covington (relationship addiction)

Codependent No More by Melody Beattie

The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner

Journey Toward Complete Recovery: Reclaiming Your Emotional, Spiritual & Sexual Wholeness by Michael Picucci

Enlightenment by David Bognar (a primer on what it is that is greater than ourselves)

It’s All Your Fault! Creating Relationships Without Blame by Jan Harrell and Alan Robins, Ph.D.

The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker (how to use your inborn instincts to protect yourself from violence)

The Heartmath Solution by Doc Childre and Howard Martin, with Donna Beech

The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen

Essay on Truth-telling by Rebecca Strauss: http://beyondthemargins.com/2011/12/writing-to-carry-on/    

Defy Gravity by Carolyn Myss

Bouncing Back – Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being by Linda Graham

Honoring Missed Motherhood – Loss, Choice, and Creativity by Kani Comstock

Films:

Don’t Tell (aka Il Bestia del Coure) – a superb Italian film on the subject of incest survivors

Georgia Rule – an empowering film about incest survival

Off the Map – a unique portrayal of a parent’s depression through the eyes of a child

Stepmom – a moving portrait of grief and loss

The Lives of Others – a compelling story of one man’s redemption