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.
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
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
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 depression
Stepmom – a moving portrait of grief and loss
The Lives of Others – a compelling story of one man’s redemption
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